mindfulness in motion
MindfuIness in motion 8-week MBSR course
My upcoming live online 8-week mindfulness course has a peculiar dimension to it. While based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by John Kabat-Zinn, the course brings in creative movement. Apart from sitting and walking meditation, as well as mindful yoga, there will be a chance to practice "guided dance meditation".
Starting on January 25
Free orientation session: January 18
The dates of the course
January 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15.
Humans are the only animals that can be physically safe, warm, dry, well-fed, healthy and well taken care of – and still be utterly miserable”, Steven C. Hayes once famously said. Indeed we are masters of inflicting unnecessary sufferings on ourselves by living mindlessly, ‘on the autopilot’. We forgot how it was to be a child - exploring the world with eyes wide open, marvelling at its wonders. We forgot how it feels dancing in the rain or running barefoot, the morning’s dew cool on our feet. Actually when did we stop dancing? I mean when did you last let go of the fear of being judged, and simply follow the body’s natural urge to move to rhythm?
The difference between this mindfulness course and the standard MBSR program (which I also teach, see here) is in the format of the dynamic module. The classical program is based on a set of "mindful yoga" exercises (specially adapted asanas), whereas here we practice guided dance meditation called Akasha.
It is an expressive, embodied form of meditation. Rooted in ancient spiritual movement practices, it also draws on the modern understanding of the link between emotional and somatic experiences. In this dance, we observe the constant flow of change, both in the body and in the mind; the link between music and movement, movement and inner state; we learn to recognise automatic reactions to external events and to our own thoughts. These techniques open up our inner reserves of physical and emotional intelligence.
Find out more about the course structure and method
Over these 8 weeks, I will do my best to create an environment where you will be able to learn and practice skills that will help you cope with stress better, and overall live a happier life... even in these surreal difficult times.
There will be a free orientation session in Zoom on Tuesday 18 January at 19.00 CET where I will introduce the course and answer the questions.
Cost: € 250 (+VAT)
Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to take the course but have difficulties paying the tuition fee. I may be able to offer you a full or partial scholarship, depending on your need.
Takeaway from the course:
Participants often say after the course that it is an eye-opening transformative experience. Feeling more alive, more connected with themselves and others is how they describe the changes. It also helps improve chronic and acute conditions related to stress - high blood pressure, migraines, heart problems, depressions, chronic pain etc.
Here is a 7-minute video explaining the MBSR from Palouse Mindfulness: