Welcome to Mindful Moments
On this webpage you will find information about yoga and related topics. You will also find a link to Mindful Moments Youtube channel, where you can enjoy and practice along with free yoga videos with a qualified yogateacher.Make sure to read the disclaimer before you practice yoga! (scroll down)
Please feel free to visit this site and channel whenever you need to reset and refresh, get the body moving, find balance, strength, and hopefully, a more peaceful mind. The youtube channel offers an opportunity for you to have your own mindful time from anywhere, anytime you choose. Connect to your own inner source of peace and calm, get to know your body and mind through yoga, movement and mindfulness. You will find a choice of different yoga styles: including movement, mindful yoga, meditations, breathing excercises, vinyasa yoga, yinyang yoga, and guided relaxations. We also focus on finding freedom both in the body and the mind.
In all videos you will be invited into the present moment (mindfulness), to practice yoga with compassion for your own body, not forcing, but rather doing yoga in your own time and tempo, sensing inwards and respecting both your limits and potentials.
About your teacher
My name is Vibeke, I am the founder of Mindful Moments Yoga. I truly believe that mindfulness and yoga can change lifes around for the better, as it has my own, and still does. I reside in Norway where i grew up, but was born in England where i have close family and friends. I am delighted to share the fantastic tools of yoga and mindfulness with you. I am a qualified yinyang yogateacher, mediyoga instructor, mindfulness-coach, mindful-yogateacher, counsellor and a holistic therapist. After offering yogalessons for 7 years locally, i am now expanding into the online world. I am especially passionate about creative vinyasa-inspired flow sequenses - moving meditation and mindfulness meditations. For me, yoga has never been just about the physical body, but very much about the body-mind connection. I wish to offer holistic yoga so that you can feel the benefits not just in your physical body but also your mind and energy body. Of course it is a great bonus to achieve a fit and healthy body, which is one of the many positive side effects of practicing physical yoga (asanas) regularly, but it helps very little on your wellbeing if your mind is all over the place, especially if you are struggeling with self-image, self confidence, body image and the "inner critic".
We all have an "inner critic", but we can learn to quieten it down and not believe in everything it says. And to not take all our thoughts as the truth. Through mindfulness we work on accepting ourselves just the way we are, without having to achieve, compete or pretend, but, rather embracing all that we are with full acceptance, body, mind and emotions.
I hope and wish to shine a light on the importance of being true to yourself through the tools of mindfulness and yoga.
You know your own body better than anyone, your possible injuries and aches and pains. If you are not sure about yoga being right for you, contact your doctor or physiotherapist. The yoga classes on this site should be suitable for all ages, from young adult to older, all levels, all sizes, man and woman. It is important though, that you are able to get up and down from a floor on your own, without too much effort, especially in the flow sequenses (vinyasa).The yoga teacher is here to teach you yoga, and will guide you safely in yoga positions with the best use of knowledge obtained, but you must take responsibility for your own body. The teacher can not take on the responsibility if you should cause yourself any injuries or pain during the lessons, therefore it is important that you listen to your own body's signals. You should not feel sharp pain when doing yoga, feelings of stretching sensations is ok, also noticing stiffness in the body is common. You should be able to have access and space enough in the yogaposes to breathe freely, if you feel that a yoga position inhibits the free flow of the breath in your body, you have gone too deep in the position in relation to your level, if that is the case, back off a bit. The breath is a great guide to follow.
Never ever think that you are too unflexible to start with yoga, yoga helps especially for unflexible bodies. You will become more flexible with regular yoga practice.
The motto "the journey is more important than the destination" is important to consider when you practice yoga. Make your encounter with yoga a good experience by working on dropping thoughts about pressure, achievement and comparison. All bodies are unique and different, we practice yoga based on where we are in the moment, based on daily form and energy level. Yoga practiced with presence and mindfulness should be experienced as healthy, healing, beneficial, soothing and sometimes even joyful, you can of course also encounter difficult feelings and thoughts, but that is not to be considered as negative, you then have a great opportunity to work with acceptance and observation, yoga is very much about acceptance and observation, letting go, going with the flow, and getting to know yourself and your body on a deeper level.
Information about mindfulness and yoga
What meditation is not
Before I knew what meditation was, I used to think of it as something peaceful and that the goal was to empty the mind of thoughts. I guess we all have been to a gym yoga class where the instructor would say: "empty your mind for thoughts" or "only allow positive thoughts" and then you end up feeling frustrated because this made you think even more?. For me, this approach never worked.
Mindfulness meditation is "all-allowing", and this is one of the reasons why i find it attractive, it is about allowing whatever turns up in the moment, not labeling thoughts as negative or positive or even emptying the mind, it is non-judging, open to whatever turns up, making space and inviting forth the silent vitness that is you, deep within you, and even without you (but that is another topic). Meditation is often not easy, not even peaceful most of the time. It becomes easier though, with practice, These days it takes me less time to settle in meditation than before, now it is not such a big deal to sit with myself in silence for twenty minutes, whereas before it was almost excruciating, even after 5 minutes. So, i guess, this is progress. It is not about emptying the mind or only allowing positive thoughts, thank god. Have you ever tried to only allow positive thoughts? and what happened then? did it work?. There is something about someone even saying "only allow", often then the human reaction is to automaticly rebel, and even uncounsciously have some resistance, when someone says: "only allow" a particular form of thought to appear in your mind.
Another thing I find attractive about mindfulness meditation, is that there is no religious script to follow, no god to obey, no specific visualisation, no mantra, no sound, just you, your breath and your thoughts. Of course we can visualise and have a sound, and I do sometimes provide a bit of visualisation in my meditations, depending on the situation, but there are no set rules, you are pretty free, and this is what attracted me to mindfulness meditation, freedom, allowance, acceptance, non judging, non labeling and that it is quite an ordinary and simple form of meditation, because often, telling someone what to think, can take them away from the moment.
Have a nice moment, wherever you are. Vibeke
What is yoga?
"Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind" Patanjali.
In the western part of the world, it can seem that yoga has become all about physical fitness, but the physical (asanas) is only a small part of yoga. Yoga meaning union, connecting mind body and spirit, and also self-compassion, and compassion towards all living beings, The physical yoga (asanas) were invented to prepare the body for longer periods in seated meditation. Yoga arose in India many thousand years ago and started to grow in popularity in the western world around the sixties/seventies. These days, yoga is to be found everywhere in all shapes and forms, and has become immensely popular throughout the world.
Yoga with Vibeke - Mindful Moments.
I want you to enjoy yoga without thinking about having to achieve any particular goal (unless that is very important to you), or forcing yourself into yogaposes that doesn`t feel right for your body. Do yoga with ease and don`t take it so seriously. The most important thing, is to go with the flow of your own body. Always be mindful when practicing yoga, It is important to have self-compassion and to give yourself time to get to know yoga and the way your own body wants to do yoga, this is one of the beneficial things about yoga-online videos, you can pause the video whenever you need to have a break, or if you missed something the yogainstructor was saying, just rewind and do the exercise again, in your own tempo. It is a good idea to watch and do one particular video again and again. I recommend doing a flow-video and then a seated meditation-video afterwards for full holistic effect. In some videos there will be a mix of flow and meditation.
Personally i love flow and movement, with allowance and space for discovering my own creativity and freedom in the poses and in the moves, not being restricted to "only one way of doing yoga" because all bodies are different and unique. I hope and wish to offer you a space where you can discover your own creativity and freedom in your practice.
My week in silence - August 2019, Norway.
THE PROGRAM: Seven days with no contact with other people, not even
eye contact, no mobile, no reading, no internet or TV, not even writing, seven
hours or so meditation each day, sitting (45 min session) and very slow
mindful-walking (half hour sessions) alternating sitting/walking (mostly
sitting) throughout the day. Day started at 05.30 am, and ended 10.00 pm.
Silent breakfast, silent lunch and silent dinner. Breaks with silent sitting
around, or walking slow, or resting in the bedroom. Two hours of yoga each day,
one in the morning and one in the evening. Half hour lecture/guided meditation
from the teachers each evening, answering the questions we wrote on small
pieces of paper throughout the day and week. These sessions became the
highlight of the day for many of us, especially towards the end. The bunch with
pieces of paper grew and grew for each day towards the end. No doubt our minds
were being busy, and it is amazing how you discover how busy your mind is after
a few days in total silence.
Why. Going on a weeklong silent retreat? If someone had ever told my younger self that I was going to become a yogateacher one day, or help other people find inner peace, I would have looked at them in disbelief. The very restless young me would not have believed you. Saying that though, silence, meditation, and buddhism had always fascinated me throughout my life, and I have had had some amazing alone-time in silence moments when younger, and also through my mindfulness/zen coaching diploma-modules (2011) where we had many silent half-days, which was much needed. Was interesting to then discover that i didn`t have to feel responsible for talking to everyone, for some reason i had felt responsible through life for making everyone feel comfortable, even strangers, because communication comes natural to me, but those silent moments made it clear to me that i had been exhausting myself by giving out too much of my energy socially, and me being a strange mix of introvert/extrovert, and really needing a lot of alone time, but seven days total-silent retreat was something else, I had not experienced this kind of overwhelming silence before. So here`s me thinking I knew what I was getting myself in for choosing the seven day- meditation instead of the three day- meditation, because I had some experience, I thought ...
I don`t know where to begin to write about this kind of experience, because there are no suitable words to describe all those different moments. Could say it was almost like being reborn, and all the suffering and insights it takes to be reborn? But of course, this is only the beginning.
The birch tree experience. This huge birch tree outside my bedroom window at the retreat, replaced all the stimuli of modern everyday life. In the beginning I was grateful the tree was there, and that there was wind moving the leaves and the sound of the wind moving the leaves soothing my mind. And the movement of the leaves stimulating my eyes.
The second day. There was not wind so the tree became less exciting and rather boring. Hmm, what to do now? Wishing for a storm just to have some sort of stimuli. But I kind of enjoyed the peace and quiet, and not having to be social, having been craving more and more alone time and peace the last months before the retreat. Meditation-sitting the first day was ok, but not easy, was harder on the second day, and body aching more. We were recommended to sit through the pain, and truth being told the pain was less by the end of the week, it was there, but I had learnt not to let it bother me so much.
Silent retreat is not a holiday.I soon discovered that meditation on this level is not a holiday, or not even relaxing most of the time. Sometimes the profound silence was rather noisy, the sittings were hard and the slow-walking frustrating. The third night I slept one minute, got up walking around the corridors hoping to meet ghosts, craving stimuli in all forms. The silence was more obvious and "loud" at night.
I met a dog; On the third day I think it was. I went for a stroll down the road in one of the daily breaks. I met a dog, it made me bubble over with love, I sat down with it and stroked it, it was such a beautiful moment, I was having a connection with a living being and even eye-contact, it felt like a magical, glowing moment. On day four I met two cats, I sat down with them, they were the most beautiful beings ever, those eyes! Everything was so crystal clear and bright and animals made so much sense, they felt so alive, and very much living in the moment, just like us humans on the retreat was meant to be doing, and also trying to do, but humans have busy minds, full of planning and thinking of futures and pasts, we have a lot to learn from animals about living in the moment. At that point, I have never been so grateful for the simple things in life, a great discovery of what is important in life...connections with other living beings.
When you wish bumble bees would say something; Yes, I am at that point now, 5 days in, having done all these very slowly mindful walks outdoors I really started to feel connected to nature and all its beauty. I saw every drop of water on the small plants on the grass so clearly, tiny drops, their shape and beauty, sparkling. And the sky and the trees, and the wind, and the birdsong. Ahh, the birdsong would be so clear and loud, even from a distance, like I had an amplifier in my head with birdsong. They would soon become one of my meditation objects. It was nice seeing bumble bees in the grass, their wings and their furred bodies. I had a longing that the bumble bees would talk to me... my little silent friends. Funny how the mind works when it is deprived of connection...
The birch tree again. It was my best friend the first nights/days, but by the end its dark silhouette at night would bring out my darker thoughts. I had been intensely studying the birch for almost a week, keeping my curtains open the whole night so I could see it and be entertained by a living thing, a tree. One of the last nights I got kind of bored with the tree, it' s dark leaves hanging there without wind or movement. It wouldn't even turn psychedelic on me no matter how hard I tried to stare at it. Is this what real boredom looks like? The tree that had been my TV for the week had lost my interest, was quite glad to part with the view from the window and my little bedroom that had started to feel more and more like a prison cell by the end of the week. I had had some empty and painful moments in there, peaceful moments too, but it is funny how the pain has more a hold over you.
Love and compassion. One night the instructor gave us a guided meditation on love and compassion. I was pleased to discover that I am a loving being after all ... as on a similar meditation the day before I felt nothing, nothing! thinking; have I got no love inside of me? Anyway, I felt so light and happy after that second "love and compassion meditation" I loved all the living beings in the world, I loved all my fellow meditators. I loved my family like I was going to explode into tears, and my dog. And the whole universe. On the slow walk meditation just after that meditation I wanted to run and dance in the grass, I felt so light, but that would have disturbed all the serious looking slow-walkers and I would have embarrassed myself. So, I didn't... So, you think it's all love and roses from then on? nope.
The day after, I had a panic attack after just having been slow walking listening to the wind in the trees, started to feel a bit lost, extremely exhausted, scared and a bit sad, the sleep deprivation didn`t help, but by then i knew how to breathe myself out of the panic and into another slightly more peaceful moment. I managed to think logically about it and managed to observe my inner chaos with a degree of detachment. That was an achievement for me. So, you see, being in silence for many days in a row can be a rollercoaster ride, you never know what is going to happen from moment to moment in your own inner landscape. The learning is to be able to become a vitness within your own mind, to all the fluctuations of the mind. Meditation is not about emptying the mind, but rather to observe with detachment your emotions, sensations and thoughts. Takes time, a week in silence is only the beginning.
Contrast. In everyday life there are so many other distractions, you don't have to face what the mind is constantly up to. Many people might think it is weird how some of us voluntarily will go away for a long silence retreat, to go through this.
I am really not sure if I would do a weeklong silent retreat again, three days sounds more doable, even enjoyable. But i do not regret going, it was a life-changing experience on many levels. I spent much of the time at the retreat wanting it to be over and really looking forward for the retreat to reach the end, but for me, giving up was never an option, I had decided to make it through, which I did, barely. I was proud of myself when I had made it through the seven days in total silence.
What did I learn from this retreat?
I do very much see the point of mindfulness meditation, it is simple, non-religious, always available wherever you go. The meditation-object being the breath, or the body, no mantra, no visualisation, no sound, no god, just yourself in the moment, your body and your breath, and accepting the moment and yourself. I learned to sit through physical pain and mental restlessness, observe and accept. And after pain, comes peace, like after rain comes sunshine, everything comes and goes in cycles. I did have some peaceful meditations; after my worst, almost unbearable long night (third night), which also included a panick attack, the next morning and day after, I suprisingly I had my easiest day of meditation. I had two sittings where I wouldn`t desperately long for the end-bell to ring. I felt peace in my mind, like there were no thoughts. It was all good. I had survived my own mind, for now ...
Opening the floodgates.
The seventh day, the day we were able to talk and share our experiences. After morning-meditation, yoga and breakfast we were now sat in a circle and able to share and talk about our silent week. Over 30 people had been sharing grounds seven days in silence, we were now going to open about our inner journey. It was a magical moment. It was voluntary for us to talk about our experiences, but everybody opened up, and talked. I had spent a lot of my time in the silent week thinking I was struggling more than the others. But in the sharing-circle it came to light that all us had our different struggles, some more than others. First-timers maybe more than those who had been before. Most of the people had been before. And even some of those who had been many times had their struggles this time too. I felt comforted by the words of the others. Amazing stories, about struggles, beauty, bliss, boredom, inner demons and restlessness. This sure is a a deep and amazing way to get to know someone, spend a week with them in silence, then opening up , no smalltalk, just honest, open, raw, tears , laughter, life unfolding, real connections, just the way I like to connect with other people.
We were recommended not to drive straight after the retreat, I can really see why. I was grateful that there was a person at the retreat who had slept more than myself and felt more grounded than I did, she had been to the retreat before, and offered to drive my car from the retreat near to my home as she lived near. I drove the last 15 minutes alone to my home, and it was hard, the traffic seemed so very fast after a week in nature and in silence, everything was loud and fast-phased, all sounds much louder than usual. I had slept on average two hours a night at the retreat and was not feeling up for driving. Wasn't feeling up to much at all. Was great to see my my family again, and I discovered a newfound appreciation for family, animals and nature, and for meditation too. Was hard adapting to everyday life, work and schedule. My mobile phone seemed too bright and fast, It almost made me feel sick to have to think about opening e-mails (took two days to start opening them) and even longer to get back into the race of everyday living (took me almost two weeks) But I am highly sensitive, many will find it easier to adapt back than i did. Meditation is a great thing to get more into, although I will admit that a whole week of intense meditation was a bit too intense for me, at that point.
One thing i know though, is that my wish of living more naturally, away from noise, traffic and pollution is even stronger now, To be able to wake up, open the gardendoor and sit on the porch in my dressing-gown waking up to birdsong and nature nearby, no traffic or crowds of people anywhere to be seen.
I recommend silent retreats to everyone who is serious about finding a deeper connection.
This text was written six days after the retreat)
The silent-retreat was held at Hadeland in Norway august 2019, arranged by Mindfulness.no.
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Welcome back to yourself.
Book yoga for your company
Do you own a company and consider that maybe your employees and yourself could benefit from yoga and mindfulness?. Hire a yogateacher for special events and occations.
Example of prices and times:
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In the 90 minute hour you get yoga with gong relaxation = 60 minutes with physical yoga exercises, plus 30 minutes of relaxation with gong.