INDIGO SPOTLIGHT : REBECCA
Get a little bit intimate with the crew here at The indigo project! Each edition, we’ll feature one of the gang in our fortnightly Spotlight so you can get to know us all a little better. Allow us to introduce Rebecca…
What do you do at The indigo project?
I teach meditation and yoga = the secret to everything! (Ok I might be biased)
My Yoga & Chill classes are designed to keep student’s mindful throughout the practice and develop a longer meditation practice at the end. The sequences are dynamic in their movements so those new to yoga never need to be struggling in them for too long. I like to gently encourage students to test their boundaries. As a result, students often find that their limitations in doing a pose are more often in their mind than their physical body.
In my meditation classes I like to focus on breath, body scan and enjoy ending with a visualisation. There has been a lot of research done on the power of mindfulness, positive affirmation, and visualisations in helping us to let go of detrimental thoughts and feelings that no longer serve us.
Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, positive, (loves) puppies!
What is your favourite indulgence?
I REALLY love mangoes. Like really. When they are in season I can have them for brekky, lunch and dinner!
I also secretly love latin music and dancing!
Describe your perfect weekend.
Lots of yoga, nature, meditation, dogs, and of course good company and food.
Just being in a place where you can appreciate the simple things that make you happy.
I also really love reading. So just give me a good book and a beautiful space for a few hours and I’m happier than a kid eating candy!
If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?
For people to be kinder to animals as well as humans. We definitely need to give a lot more kindness to our fellow human beings, don’t get me wrong, but there is no need to be limited to species. It’s not as if there’s only a certain amount of kindness to go around! In fact, you could actually say that one necessitates the other. As Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.
How do you use Mindfulness in your life?
Some days it is really just about showing up. As they say, it’s the times when you are too busy, stressed and in your head, that’s when you need mindfulness most. So even just taking a few breaths and observing my thoughts and emotions from the outside as if looking in, helps. When I do this, I often realise that I had been in a repetitive thought pattern that had been going around and around without my noticing. That I had become my thoughts. Mindfulness helps me to realise that indeed I am not my thoughts, that the real me exists in the calm spaces between the endless chatter of my busy mind. Some days I really don’t feel like meditating or using mindfulness, but I always feel better afterwards.