Living in a human body naturally brings both joys and challenges. In this daylong workshop, we will explore how -- through mindfulness practiced both in movement and in stillness -- we can cultivate tenderness toward our bodies. We will tune into the possibility that this fuller embodiment can support our sense of freedom and aliveness.
The program will include guided practice in the four main postures -- sitting, standing, walking and lying down – together with guided movement, reflection, dialogue and practical tools for developing a compassionate relationship with the experiences of embodiment. Gentle movement practices based in the yoga and qi gong traditions will support us in unwinding tensions.
The workshop is for anyone interested in developing a relationship of compassion within. The guidance offered will be suitable for both beginners and those with experience in meditation, mindfulness or movement practices.
Éowyn Ahlstrom, M.Ed., a teacher at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, leads programs in mindfulness and yoga and see students privately for individual guidance. She is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher, holds the highest registry mark obtainable for yoga teachers from the Yoga Alliance, and is a certified massage therapist. For the past ten years, Éowyn has often taught yoga for retreats at the Insight Meditation Society. Her master's degree is from the American College of Education, where she studied health and wellness.