Mindfulness at Source Yoga
what is mindfulness?Mindfulness is a practice of paying attention to the present moment, nurturing clarity and acceptance. We all have moments in life of being “mindless,” where we are multitasking, shoulders hunched, face tense, and not sure why we are so exhausted at the end of the day. Being mindful, we become aware of what we are doing while we are doing it.
what is mindful yoga?
You probably know what yoga is, or have an idea of what it is, or have experienced it yourself in a class, on a dvd, at home with a book. Most people have had some experience with yoga, and have some sense that the physical practice of yoga can increase flexibility, strength, balance, mobility, and even mental clarity and a sense of well-being.
But what is mindful yoga? Mindfulness is about cultivating and refining awareness. 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.
We have several classes in which mindfulness meditation is integrated in with your yoga practice and there is dedicated time for meditation instruction. Look for the classes that say + Meditation.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
This class, based on the Stress Reduction Program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is appropriate for those with a general interest in prevention & wellness to those with stress-related medical concerns.
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.