Dis­cov­er­ing your ‘self’ through an­cient prac­tice of yoga

The Tribune (NZ) - - LEARNING FOR LIFE 2016 -

The New Year of­ten calls for a ‘new self’, but change isn’t al­ways easy. This year, why not try the spon­ta­neous way of bring­ing a pos­i­tive change in your­self? Med­i­ta­tion. This an­cient prac­tice brings in­ner peace, im­proves con­cen­tra­tion, re­duces stress and helps lead a bal­anced life­style – all of which can greatly im­pact on your gen­eral well-be­ing.

Dr Tina Chi­ang, who prac­tices Sa­haja Yoga med­i­ta­tion, says it has changed her per­spec­tive on many aspects of life.

‘‘It has helped me be­come more pos­i­tive and over­come var­i­ous chal­lenges.’’

Chi­ang and her fel­low med­i­ta­tors will be run­ning a work­shop in Palmer­ston North on Satur­day, Jan­uary 23.

‘‘When you dis­cover peace within, it is a mir­a­cle. You re­alise that you don’t need to turn to ma­te­ri­al­ism, sub­stances or other tem­po­rary means – the so­lu­tion comes from your­self,’’ she says.

David Sharp, who has been run­ning Sa­haja Yoga med­i­ta­tion classes for the last 14 years, says the ben­e­fits of med­i­ta­tion are that peo­ple, young and old, can at will, switch off their mind and neg­a­tive thoughts.

‘‘Our health and alert­ness im­proves spon­ta­neously, our mem­ory im­proves, and thus work and study be­come more en­joy­able. As far as hu­man re­la­tions go, we do not re­act ad­versely to neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tions,’’ he says.

Sa­haja Yoga med­i­ta­tion is a sim­ple med­i­ta­tion tech­nique that takes med­i­ta­tors to a state of ‘thought­less aware­ness’.

Sa­haja means born within and Yoga means union with self. The essence is to find a state which brings you into bal­ance and at peace with your in­ner self. This helps you avoid the ex­tremes of ex­ces­sive lethargy, fran­tic ac­tiv­ity, ego, and feel­ings of guilt and re­gret.

This state is known to be achieved with awak­en­ing the dor­mant Kun­dalini en­ergy and bal­anc­ing the Chakras.

Chi­ang and her fellows will be ex­hibit­ing this tech­nique and help­ing Palmer­ston North’s lo­cal com­mu­nity un­der­stand this sim­ple and valu­able prac­tice, and all for free.

Chi­ang says there are thou­sands of peo­ple, in­clud­ing youth, from over 100 coun­tries who prac­tise Sa­haja Yoga.

‘‘They have all reaped the ben­e­fits of med­i­ta­tion. All it takes is 10 min­utes daily.’’

When you dis­cover peace within, it is a mir­a­cle.

The De­sign School, Palmer­ston North, is a pri­vate school of­fer­ing cour­ses for school leavers and ma­ture stu­dents want­ing to use their cre­ative tal­ent and start a ca­reer in graphic or fash­ion de­sign.

Of­fer­ing NZQA Level 2, 3 and 4 cour­ses, the school pro­vides ev­ery­thing stu­dents need to fo­cus on de­sign full­time and ei­ther go onto fur­ther ter­tiary education or into the de­sign world.

Part-time op­tions for sec­ondary school stu­dents will be an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the cour­ses in 2016.

‘‘The part-time op­tions will al­low stu­dents to study de­sign in a ded­i­cated stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment while still study­ing core school sub­jects at school,’’ says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Say­well. ‘‘It will al­low stu­dents to fast track their de­sign education through to Level 3.’’

The De­sign School has over 20 years of ex­cep­tional re­sults and the high­est qual­ity rat­ings from NZQA. The school has helped hun­dreds of cre­ative stu­dents launch their cre­ative ca­reers and grad­u­ates now work for some of the best de­sign com­pa­nies in the world and many run their own busi­nesses.

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