Embodied Attention: The Psychology of Mindfulness & Yoga
- April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This workshop explores how to deepen yoga and meditation practice by embodying mindfulness. We will alternate between practice, study, and tools for teachers and facilitators wanting to bring more depth to their teaching.
We will learn sitting meditation, then look at the Yoga Sutra and ask, first, how do these practices cultivate personal healing; secondly, how do these practices help us wake up in relationships; and thirdly, can these traditional tools offer us cues for dealing with larger social issues?
We will study the second chapter of the Yoga Sutra in detail, alongside insights from western psychology.
- Learn core concepts, including how to work with obstacles, the psychology of addiction, emptiness, karma, the nature of the mind beneath stories, transforming anxiety, and the ways that mindfulness helps us see through our attachment to self.
- Learn to apply tools to work with common symptoms like depressions, anxiety, rumination and fear.
- Understand and communicate the relationship between breathing and the mind and how psychological symptoms appear in the body, including unprocessed trauma.
Reading materials will be handed out. Required reading beforehand is Michael’s The Inner Tradition of Yoga.