Excited to share this
I am so excited to share this post with you. As you know, I love anything and everything about well-being. Over the last few months, I have had the privilege to get to know Manisha Tare and I love her energy and her perspective on both physical and mental health. I was lucky enough to get an interview with her and we talked about yoga and meditation and the importance of both on our overall well-being.
Keep reading until the end as she shares a FREE gift with you.
Firstly, a quick introduction
Manisha serves as guide, mentor, and healing professional. She offers a variety of ways to work with her through a trauma-informed lens including craniosacral therapy, therapeutic yoga, and mind body coaching to help you heal your nervous system, process emotions through your body, and feel more grounded and resourced. Her clients often come with physical manifestations of stress, anxiety, or the desire to feel more connected to and trust their intuition.To learn more about Manisha, please visit www.fallingleafwellness.net.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do
I’ve always gravitated towards wanting to help people in some way through my work. And while I have always been a pretty sensitive person, even as a kid, it’s been in the last several years that I have learned how my sensitivity could be an asset in my work in the world. I support people who are looking to heal and release trauma, work with anxiety and stress in a mindful way and who want to explore a more spiritually connected way to live. I do this through coaching/mentoring, yoga, meditation, and bodywork.
2. Why did you decide to choose this path / career?
I have always found a kind of solace within through my meditation and yoga practices. Initially, they helped me to take the edge off, deal with challenges in a way even-keeled way, and provided me with the discipline to sit with my thoughts and uncomfortable feelings. It felt natural to want to share what has helped me so much with other people. As I worked with clients and deepened my own practices, what I found really took me to the next level was having a mentor who could help me understand and make sense of what I was discovering about myself through yoga and meditation and apply these lessons to my life. I also started to become really interested in energy healing and body work as a way to support my nervous system and heal trauma so I decided to study a type of body work called craniosacral therapy. What I offer to my clients now is a combination of everything I’ve studied and practiced. I am very committed to being of service in the world and this works offers me a deep sense of connection and fulfilment.
3. How do you practise yoga and meditation?
I have a daily meditation practice. I generally practice in the morning and the amount of time may change slightly from day to day but I try to practice for at least 20 minutes in the morning and preferably longer. My yoga practice changes over time. I’ve been working with a shoulder injury for quite a while so I don’t have as strong of an active practice as I’ve had in the past and when I’m working with an injury or something else in my body, I will lean more towards a yin yoga or restorative yoga practice.
4. Do you prefer one over the other (yoga / meditation) for overall well-being?
I think this is a really personal decision and it’s important to tune into what works for you. For me, my meditation practice is really key for me at this time, but my focus has changed over the years.
5. In your opinion, what are the biggest positive effects of practising yoga and meditation on our mindset and well-being?
I think the biggest benefit of meditation is awareness. Awareness is something that can constantly grow and expand at any stage of your practice. You get an opportunity to understand your thoughts, habits, and beliefs more deeply. When you understand some of your default patterns and habits, you can be more conscious of how you want to change them. With a practice like yoga, you’re being asked to tune into your body in a more conscious way. I believe that our bodies are always communicating with us so if you are practicing yoga with intention and attention, you can being to understand how to interpret certain signals your body is giving you.
6. If someone was a complete beginner to meditation, how would you advise they could start?
I recommend starting slow but being consistent… so as a beginner, you might set a timer for 5 minutes and sit quietly or use a meditation app where you hear guidance you can follow. Decide how many days a week you will practice and write it on your calendar or set an alarm. Try to be consistent (if you can) with the time of day. And do you best to stick with your goal of how many times a week! Don’t say everyday if you don’t think that will happen… it can be more discouraging if you miss. Decide on a time and frequency that is reasonable for your schedule. Allow yourself to feel successful. It helps to build your self-trust and confidence.
7. Is there a number of times per week we should practise meditation / yoga for optimum emotional health?
I think this very much depends on where you are in your practice. In general, consistency is important to feel a shift just like with anything in life, so regularly for even 5 minutes is better than once a week for 20 minutes in the long run.
8. If some of our readers struggled with anxiety, what meditation / yoga would you suggest?
Everyone is built really differently. Some people need a lot of active movement to help soothe their nervous system and others need slower movement. If you are working with really high anxiety or even past trauma, and you are completely new to these practices, a yoga practice that is a bit more active may feel better as when we are still, there may be a tendency to become restless. With regard to meditation, you might find an app with guided meditations or there are lots of meditations online which you can search for and try out. There are also some practices which focus on different types of breathing which can help with anxiety. This is very dependent on the person and what is happening for them so it’s difficult to recommend something specific. If it feels too overwhelming to do on your own, I would definitely recommend seeking out support.
9. Do you have any resources or information for our readers which could help them on their journey to improve their overall well-being?
Below is a meditation and journaling exercise to support you in working with difficult emotions to process them and allow the energy within your body to flow with more ease.