- Published: Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:32
One of our volunteers and great supporters, Suzanne Bigelow, recently wrote this article for the Huffington Post. You can check it out on their site HERE. On March 4th, Suzanne is leading a workshop "Working with Mindfulness and Intention" to benefit Living Yoga. The half day workshop will take you through brain basics of the neruosceince of mindfulness and teach you ways to bring it into your workplace/home life. You can sign up or get more information HERE!
"Wow! That was great!"
Even under the glare of fluorescent conference room lighting, the 50-year-old manager's eyes were wide with surprise. "I totally felt my body settle... and then I felt the guy next to me calming!" In under 2 minutes, a complete newbie had discovered the innate capacity to shift mind and body.
Exercises like these make a powerful point: Not every mindfulness practice takes hours in a dark meditation room. In fact, both research and experience are proving that outside these short, "on the go" practices can be very sweetly effective all on their own.
Having used short-pause practices to manage chronic pain for years, I know firsthand what yoga practitioners have known for hundreds of years: that a few mindful breaths can harmonize the physical and shift the mental. Now, at last, the mindfulness community is looking at quick "on the go" mind-body practices as something more than ongoing support after formal training. There is a new training format on the horizon, and it doesn't come in 8 weeks of hourly training and 20 minutes a day of seated practice.