Mindfulness at Source Yoga
Mindfulness is both an innate human ability, and it is practices which develop this ability. Mindfulness is present moment awareness. It is being present to what is happening while it is happening, without judgment. Mindfulness is being present to our experience with awareness in a relaxed and spacious way.
Mindfulness is a way of bringing more presence, clarity, acceptance, and wisdom to each moment and to life. Mindfulness practice can provide the space for deep insight to arise - into who we are, how our minds work, what causes us pain, and what can create freedom.
Formal mindfulness practice is our intentional time for practice, where we practice bringing awareness to what arises through meditation - seated, walking, lying down, or standing, or on our yoga mat through a mindful attention to our body in our yoga practice.
Informal mindfulness practice is being present to the moments of daily life – eating, working, playing, washing dishes, brushing our teeth, being with our family and friends. When we bring deliberate attention to the things that we do on a daily basis, we begin to cultivate an ongoing awareness and wake ourselves up to the simple moments of living.
Mindfulness practice is integrated in many of our yoga asana classes. Join Studio owner Erin Joosse and Source Yoga Community members for a weekly drop in meditation, Mondays and Wednesdays 12-12:30pm online. Additionally, we offer various workshops, series, and retreats with a mindfulness focus and included periods of meditation.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
In the MBSR program, discover your own inner resources for health, healing, stress resiliency, and self-care through this thoroughly researched and well-respected Stress Reduction Program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
What is Mindful Yoga?
Any yoga practice can be a mindful yoga practice. Mindful yoga is yoga that is not about the end result of getting into a particular pose, but rather, the awareness of your body, mind, and emotions as you practice. It is a physical practice, but embodies the wholeness of our being. In Mindful Yoga, each posture or each flow between postures becomes a meditation.
Who can practice mindful yoga? Anyone. Mindful yoga has nothing to do with what your body can or cannot do, or what the posture looks like. Instead, it is about being present and aware in each moment. In Mindful Yoga, the practice doesn’t stop when the class is finished or when you step off of your mat. The intention is to bring your mindfulness practice with you into your life, becoming more present, aware, and awake no matter what you are doing.
Mindfulness practice is rooted in Buddhist meditation practice, yet, is universal. It is non-dogmatic and can be practiced by anyone of any background or faith, who simply wants to live a life of more presence, awareness, and vibrancy.
Mindfulness Based Yoga Teacher Training
Our 200-hour Mindfulness Based Yoga Teacher Training is open to dedicated students of yoga who wish to teach in their communities or workplaces, or simply delve into a deepening of their personal yoga and mindfulness practice through this in-depth program.