Discovering your ‘self’ through ancient practice of yoga
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.