Teaching Mindfulness with Beryl Bender Birch, Director/Founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and The Give Back Yoga Foundation, best selling author of Power Yoga and Boomer Yoga, and yoga teacher for almost 40 years. Based on a simple yoga breathing technique, this course is designed for teachers and health care practitioners who wish to learn a mindfulness technique they can teach to their students and clients. This is an easy to learn practice that can be used as a meditation technique or as a way to minimize the negative effects of stress on health and help those coping with depression, insomnia, or any anxiety disorder. This course explains the scientific basis for mindfulness based practices and shows why being mindful (paying attention to the present moment) helps us to turn on the relaxation response and calm down. This leads directly to a healthier and happier mind and body. Several sample practices are included that can be used on a daily basis to feel more relaxed, balanced, joyful, and content. Topics covered:
- Why breathing helps relieve stress
- Get in touch with natural breath
- How to practice and introduce it to students (slowly and progressively)
- Things to pay attention to when introducing the practice
- Way to begin (following two classes)
- Pay attention to how BBB uses language in the following practices for beginners and students
Beryl Bender Birch, a renowned visionary and author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga, has been an avid student of yoga and the study of consciousness since 1971.
With degrees in philosophy and comparative religion, Beryl has traveled extensively in India, has been teaching yoga for 33 years, and training yoga teachers as “spiritual revolutionaries” since 1980.
Beryl began teaching astanga yoga to a handful of adventuresome and ahead-of-their-time runners in New York City in 1981 at the prestigious New York Road Runners Club. She became the Wellness Director of the Club and slowly continued to grow the classes. She pioneered (along with husband Thom, a world class runner at the time, who joined Beryl as a teacher at the NYRRC from 1985 through 2001) the introduction of yoga to the traditional athletic community.