C.MI.™, CFP®, RYT 200, MBA
I believe that everyone has the opportunity to live their best life! My intention is to help you find that best life by guiding and supporting you while you flow through new discoveries, realizations, and changes to your life through the wonderful practices of meditation and yoga.
Quite a few years ago, I started on a journey towards mindfulness. I would like to share this journey with you now through my blog with thoughts and writings on my daily meditation practice, through my practice in teaching meditation and yoga, and through my adventures in my recent move to Costa Rica. Mindfulness meditation is the cornerstone of my practice, and is introduced and integrated into every area of my practice because of its profound benefits.
The meditation practice I study is called “Vipassana” which means to see things as they really are, and is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
I am someone who has worked so hard at earning my education and climbing the corporate ladder, to find out that I never really wanted to be at the top of that ladder, (who would of thought – I was scared of heights!) and I didn’t even know who I was when I reached that point in my career. I was not following my path, but rather a path that I thought I should follow. I definitely wasn’t following my heart, because I was miserable. In true self-observation, I know I am a dreamer, a creator, and someone who is always looking for the meaning in life, the greater purpose, and a life’s work to fulfill that purpose. I am also someone who has dealt with chronic asthma and with episodes of anxiety and depression, and I truly understand the effects it can have on my health and happiness, and the happiness and well being of those around me. Exercise, lots of yoga, and a healthy lifestyle have helped my asthma and anxiety, but not until I started practicing daily mindfulness meditation, did I finally stop (okay, maybe tame) the “monkey mind” and start to finally live in the present moment. Don’t get me wrong, I still have those habit energies that cause me to cycle back into some of my anxious thought patterns BUT now I recognize when I am having those thoughts, and I can bring myself back to the present before spiraling into the anxiety realm of hell. For my readers who have or are suffering from anxiety, take a moment to ponder the idea of less anxiety in your daily life – wouldn’t that be grand?
In addition to teaching mindfulness meditation, I am trained in Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Yoga Sculpt.
Please join me on this path to mindfulness and self-discovery. At the beginning of your journey, take a few minutes to sit, meditate, and see what happens. Have the courage to open your heart, listen to what it is truly saying, and be in the present moment. You will be so glad you did!
For more information on Alexis' qualifications, education and experience, please see Alexis Cress Bio