Our appointment with life is in the present moment, the place of our appointment is right here, in this very place”- Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Mindfulness is recognised as an important aspect of the path in both Yoga and Buddhist traditions, but what does it mean to be mindful? Where do we begin to cultivate the heightened awareness of the breath and body that seems to be so important in both asana and meditation practice? How can this awareness help us to be more healthy and happy?
In this 6-week course with the Ven. Tenzin (Alex Anderson), we will unpack mindfulness as it is understood in the Buddhist tradition, drawing especially on key texts from the early cannon. Using an inquiry-based approach, we will focus on the cultivation of sensitivity to sensation in the body in three domains: The four elements: earth, water, fire and air; the main textures in the body from superficial to deeper layers and systems, and finally the breath itself, from gross movements of the diaphragm towards awareness of more subtle breath, prana or qi.
These explorations will be applied in Yoga as a framework for our asana practice that help us to develop a healthy relationship to body and mind, with emphasis on integration, alignment, ease and joyfulness. This course is open to anyone with at an interest in applying embodied mindfulness to movement, sitting and daily life. Some Yoga asana experience will be helpful but is not compulsory.
When: Mondays at 5.30 pm for 6 weeks from 3 Feb