Ease In To Meditation: A Movement-Based Mindfulness Course
January 28, 2024 @ 9:00 am - March 17, 2024 @ 10:00 am UTC-8
Ease In To Meditation is an 8-week course that covers many of the same principles you would learn in any introductory mindfulness meditation program, but with a key difference in method. Here, you’ll be learning the mindfulness skills first through movement.
Meditation can be an incredible way to soothe your mind and body, and to find clarity and perspective. But, as simple as it may look, many of us struggle to gain meaningful traction with a meditation habit. Oftentimes, when you try to start a meditation practice and go right into silence and stillness, it’s a little too abrupt. You end up just sitting there feeling fidgety and wondering if you’re doing something wrong. The thing is, many of us need to make a more gradual transition from our hectic daily routines into meditation, so it doesn’t feel like trying to suddenly slam on the brakes.
Movement can help us make that transition, release unnecessary tension, and shift the nervous system into a state of balance that supports meditation. When done with conscious intention, movement can simply be another form of meditation – embodying the same principles that form the basis of traditional sitting practices.
By practicing along with this course, you will get familiar with mindfulness skills in movement, explore traditional meditations with greater ease and confidence, and learn to fit mindfulness breaks into your day.
A movement-based mindfulness course might be for you if:
– You tend to feel too restless or anxious for sitting meditation
– You feel like you never have time to slow down and meditate
– Tension, aches, and pains have held you back from meditating
– Even if you meditate, you still feel like you’re “in your head” a lot
– Or, you’re a kinesthetic learner who likes to explore new ideas by doing
The Mindful Movement practices in this course will be drawn from Qigong, Gentle Yoga, and Somatics, because each of these styles has something unique to offer our body-mind exploration. You do not need to be especially fit or nimble to keep up – these movements will be very approachable and adaptable.
This course is not live (it’s pre-recorded), but we’re all starting together on January 28th. You’ll receive an email guiding you through the course each week, so you can move through the lessons on your own schedule.