GardenWell™ approaches mental health through Meditation Yoga practices . This form of daily practice is Indian meditation and yoga. As the growing popularity of mindfulness based approaches demonstrates, many healthcare professionals and others are showing an interest in eastern ways of working with the mind.
At GardenWell™ we cultivate the principle that each human carries its own dignity and healing capacity which cannot be permanently damaged or destroyed. We appreciate that it is possible to get to know this innate capacity which we all have, and is most obviously expressed in moments of relaxed openness. In times of difficulty, however, the more usual response of the body and mind is to tighten and to solidly identify with our experience, hence seeing little choice or ways out of our difficulties.
When the mind is more relaxed, creative solutions are easier to find, especially when one is able to access the natural open quality of mind. No-one is a stranger to momentary experiences of calmness, stillness and tranquillity. However, for more calm states of mind to become a stable part of our day to day experiencing meditation yoga practices are required.
These practices comprise of physical postures / asana, breathing exercises / pranayama, awareness of body sensations and simple visualisations. All of these methods are used as a way of developing broader understandings and cultivating compassion towards self and others.