This six-week series will help you establish and deepen compassion for, and awareness within, the body. Through investigation we will learn to distinguish between physical discomfort and pain, and to respond skillfully to these unavoidable experiences. As we learn to do so, we may relax and experience greater and greater freedom. In addition, these sessions will support you in developing meditation postures that suit your body and sustain your dharma practice.
Each week will include:
• Guided mindful movement based in gentle, accessible yoga and qi gong techniques that encourage the re-integration of body and mind;
• Guidance and support for fully inhabiting the four postures the Buddha recommended for mindfulness practice: sitting, standing, reclining and walking;
• Discussion about your experiences of practicing mindful movement, and with it the opportunity to learn from one another.
This program is appropriate for meditators and movers of all ages and all levels of experience. Everyone is welcome. Please feel free to bring a yoga mat if you wish. The class will not meet on May 28th.
Éowyn Ahlstrom is a licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher and certified MBSR teacher who teaches programs in yoga and meditation and sees private clients for individualized practice guidance. She is a faculty member at UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness and for the last ten years has taught yoga for retreats at the Insight Meditation Society. Éowyn has practiced meditation for more than twenty years. Find her online at www.middlepath-healingarts.com
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