A Guide To Mindful Living With Yoga Instructor Amanda Chamberlain

Aeworld   |   17-06-2024

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, finding moments of peace and mindfulness can seem like an impossible task.

However, integrating mindfulness into your routine doesn’t have to be overwhelming. As a yoga instructor and Lululemon ambassador, I’ve discovered that yoga is one of the most effective ways to cultivate mindfulness. Beyond its physical benefits, yoga offers a profound opportunity to connect with the present moment and nurture inner calm. Whether it’s through a full yoga session or simple mindful breathing exercises, there are accessible methods for incorporating mindfulness into daily life.

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga offers a myriad of physical benefits. Regular practice improves flexibility, strength, and posture, enhancing cardiovascular health, reducing chronic pain, and boosting the immune system. Through various poses, you can engage different muscle groups, ensuring a full-body workout that also promotes overall well-being.

One of yoga’s most profound benefits is its ability to clear the mind. Through focused breathing and deliberate movement, yoga helps quiet the mental chatter, improving concentration, enhancing creativity, and fostering a sense of mental calm. For many, yoga becomes a sanctuary from the stresses of daily life, providing a much-needed mental reset. Yoga encourages emotional resilience by promoting relaxation and reducing stress, allowing practitioners to navigate life’s challenges with greater ease and equanimity.

Practices such as pranayama (breath control) and meditation help regulate the nervous system, leading to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This emotional balance can lead to better mood regulation, increased self-awareness, and a more positive outlook on life.

For those seeking deeper spiritual connections, yoga can be a transformative journey. It encourages introspection and self-discovery, allowing practitioners to connect with their inner selves. This spiritual aspect of yoga can foster a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life, enhancing overall happiness and fulfilment.

Integrating Mindfulness into Your Routine

Starting the day with a few minutes of mindfulness can set a positive tone. Upon waking, taking a moment to sit quietly and focus on the breath while setting an intention for the day can promote calm and grace throughout the day.

Incorporating mindful movement into daily routines is another powerful practice. Whether through a dedicated yoga practice or simply taking a walk in nature, focusing on the sensations in the body and the rhythm of the breath can help ground individuals in the present moment and reduce stress.

Practising pranayama (breath control) can be incredibly beneficial for managing stress and promoting relaxation. Square breathing, also known as box breathing or four-square breathing, involves inhaling slowly for a count of four, holding the breath for four counts, exhaling for four counts, and then pausing for another four counts before beginning the cycle again, forming a square pattern. By focusing on the breath and maintaining this rhythmic pattern, square breathing can help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and increase concentration. It’s a versatile practice that can be adjusted to suit individual preferences, making it accessible for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, offering a quick and effective way to find moments of peace and tranquillity in the midst of daily life.

Mindful eating is another beneficial practice to incorporate into daily life. By switching off devices and external distractions, and consciously paying attention to what and how one eats—savouring each bite, recognising flavours, textures, and smells, and tuning into hunger and fullness cues—a deeper connection with food is fostered, promoting improved digestion and overall well-being.

As a Lululemon ambassador, I’m proud to represent a brand that is deeply committed to wellness. As a company whose vision is to create transformative products and experiences that build meaningful connections and unlock greater wellbeing for all, lululemon hosts various events and initiatives to bring communities together. For example, to mark International Day of Yoga this month, lululemon brought together more than 3,000 yoga lovers across the UAE and KSA. I had the pleasure of leading a ‘Play and Pause’ session – a blend of yin and yang postures and flow, offering both movement and stillness for physical and mental balance. As I witnessed, participating in events like these can be a great way to connect with like-minded individuals and stay motivated in the mindfulness journey. It’s a beautiful reminder of the power of community and shared experiences in supporting personal growth and well-being.

Tips for a Mindful Yoga Practice

Set an Intention

Before starting a yoga practice, we set a clear intention which we call a “Sankalpa”.  This Sanskrit term translates to “resolve” or “will,” and it signifies a deep-seated intention or purpose that guides one’s practice on and off the mat. Sankalpa is more than just a goal; it’s a heartfelt commitment aligned with one’s true desires and values, serving as a compass for personal growth and transformation throughout the yoga journey.

Focus on the Breath

The breath is a powerful tool in yoga, serving as the bridge between body and mind; paying close attention to breathing throughout the practice enhances this connection. Deep, steady breaths not only oxygenate the body but also calm the mind, enabling practitioners to maintain presence and centeredness amidst the flow of poses and movements, ultimately fostering a profound and holistic experience on the mat.

 Listen to the Body


Yoga is a personal journey, accessible to every body type and level of ability, emphasizing the importance of tuning into the body’s signals and honouring its unique needs. It’s crucial to avoid pushing too hard and to respect physical limits, as mindful yoga is about finding balance and harmony within the body rather than striving for perfection. By embracing this approach, practitioners of all backgrounds can experience the transformative power of yoga, cultivating strength, flexibility, and inner peace at their own pace and in their own way.

Practice Regularly

Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of yoga. Aim to practice regularly, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. Over time, improvements in physical, mental, and emotional well-being will become evident. Remember, the journey of yoga is about progress, not perfection, so be patient and compassionate with yourself along the way.

Embrace Gratitude

End the practice with a moment of gratitude. Reflect on what to be thankful for, both in the practice and in life. Cultivating gratitude enhances overall well-being and fosters a positive mindset. Reflect on your intention or Sankalpa set at the start of practice, carrying its peace and calm with you throughout the day. Allow it to guide your actions and interactions, fostering mindfulness and harmony in all you do.

Incorporating mindfulness into daily routines through yoga can lead to significant improvements in overall quality of life. By staying present, setting intentions, and practising gratitude, a more balanced and fulfilling existence can be achieved. Remember, mindfulness is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the process and enjoy the benefits along the way.