Learning meditation and achieving mindfulness can seem as elusive as catching a unicorn for some new to the practice. Enter yogic meditation, a practice of directed breathing coordinated with simple body movements. This practice gives the restless mind more "doing" to latch onto, and tends to yield a focused, quieter, even peaceful state of mind, for many new students who previously found only squirrels in the attic. It can provide a useful entre to meditation, an important and satisfying "pre-mindfulness".
Douglas Baker, LICSW is a therapist in Cambridge, a Kripalu yoga teacher and teacher of mindfulness. He's a former clinician of the department of psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, and a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
This session is part of a Monthly Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series sponsored by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion of Cambridge Health Alliance, and David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services.