Finding balance

How the rejuvenating powers of meditation and yoga have brought minds and bodies into balance

“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about unlocking your ideas about what you want, where you think you can go, and how you will achieve it when you get there.”

―Cyndi Lee, yoga teacher 

“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate  rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.”

―Hugh Jackman

 “I really do believe that when we meditate, even just for five minutes a day, our lives are happier, our world is happier.”

―Clare Bowditch, Australian musician

“Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness. It’s about building your awareness of the present moment by focusing attention on the here and now, rather than getting caught up thinking about the past, or worrying about the future.”

―Lucy Richards, Smiling Mind general manager

“Yoga is about drawing focus inwards. When you practice daily, you’ll find that everything about yourself is exposed – strengths and weaknesses alike. Yoga has helped me cultivate self-awareness and an understanding of the workings of my mind as well as the habits I tend to adopt.”

―Rosalyn Lim, yoga teacher

“Meditation has not only helped me with stress and fatigue and tiredness, it has helped me set intentions for the day and pick up on insights in myself.”

―Stephanie Rice, Australian swimmer

“It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me.”

―Ellen DeGeneres

“Yoga will always be transformational, even when it stops being cool.”

―Victoria Moran, author

“Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time.”

―Paul McCartney

“I meditate daily to clear my mind of the clutter of everyday life. Yoga is great for your core strength and long term health. It’s also designed to be shared, so it connects people and cultivates a sense of community.”

―Ash Hart, Australian model

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”

―The Bhagavad Gita

“A vital and balanced life doesn’t have a look but more of a feel. It feels like lots of energy, happiness, being well rested, calmness, physical strength and inner love.”

―Tom Cronin, meditation teacher

“Yoga, exercise and meditation are things I am constantly trying to make more of a priority in my life. I, like most, find it hard to switch off my brain, so I use these tools to help. Exercise is so great for your mind and body.”

―Katie Noonan, Australian musician

“Mindfulness meditation teaches us to bring awareness to the present moment inner activity of our minds and bodies so that we can fully experience our thoughts, sensations, emotions and automatic responses as they are happening.”

―Paul Von Bergen, meditation teacher

“When we can attain inner stillness for a couple of minutes daily, we can get better perspective on where we are in life and how life plays out both within and without.”

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