The Miracle of Mindfulness

Are you easily distracted?

Have you ever taken the first bite of a candy bar and before you know it you are left with an empty wrapper? How about been driving somewhere and arrived at the destination without remembering how you got there? This is a common pattern in our busy lives where our brains go mindlessly on autopilot.

In autopilot, we are unable to notice the good things in life, we miss important information our bodies are telling us, and we are susceptible to poisoning ourselves with toxic thoughts. The problem is that when we are on autopilot we are reacting from a part of the mind that is coloured by our past experiences and we may not be conciously in control of our actions. Thus, we are at risk of re-creating the past over and over again. Mindfulness is here to help! Stop and smell the roses!

What is mindfulness?

It is being aware of your experience in the world: thinking, emotions, behaviour.

Observing your experience, with a neutral mind, without judgement.

You experience that you are the consciousness observing the program. When you are aware, you can make changes to better serve your well-being.

When you are aware, you can begin to know yourself better. You notice your reactions. You begin to understand where your automatic reactions are coming from: the healthy ones that are aligned with your values, and unhealthy ones that take you away from your best self.

When you are aware of your automatic thoughts, emotions, and behaviours you can create a buffer between the reactions and then choose how to respond. Awareness brings you empowerment and the flexibility of choice; so when you respond you can do so in accordance with your values and higher self.

The more you respond in accordance with what serves you, the more you live a happier and fulfilling life!

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Effie, I knew when I met you at the Holistic Chamber of Commerce you would be a good resource to refer some of my clients to. It is so wonderful to meet someone so young on her authentic journey. Your website says it all, uplifting/ inspirational/ and sooo genuine. The world is ready for you. You are going to change the world girl. Go for it. Let me know how I can help you. Hugs, Jessy

Effie is unlike any yoga instructor I've had before, she is the reason I now look forward to my weekly restorative yoga session. She encourages our class to accept ourselves as we are today. Her melodic voice and calming nature help to unwind my mind and reduce tension in my body. I feel relaxed and recharged at the end of her class. ~Dawn.

Effie is kind, compassionate, patient and knowledgeable. In Effieʼs hands you feel secure and listened to. She definitely lives what she teaches. No matter what issue I have from stress to stiffness, she is able to help. ~ Sharon

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Effie has a very gentle voice and manner. Her restorative classes are soothing. I have always found her to be receptive to feedback and open to suggestion. Enjoy! -Sloane

"The first thing I noticed was how calming and soothing her voice was...really emphasized the importance of breathing... I felt very relaxed with a more positive attitude towards the rest of my day." -Cecilia

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"I looked to Effie and her yoga instruction as a way to improve my flexibility, and mental focus. I enjoyed her calming personality and ability to guide me... reminding me to be gentle and forgiving with my body. By the end I felt energized and centered and I highly recommend her. Thank you Effie!" -Anthony

"..I step foot into Effie's Yin Yang yoga.. After the class, I felt my hips are stretched. So I said to myself "ok! feels good, let's come back again". After going to Effie's class every week for 3 months, I noticed my hips are a lot more opened and flexible. When I strike a pose in the other Hatha classes, it's a lot easier. Thanks Effie! Now I am one of your regular students every week. ~ J.W.


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