An astrophysicist asks: Does mindfulness mean anything?

Do you mind a little more on mindfulness? If so, you’ll need to take a few breaths because that’s what you’re getting. On Tuesday, NPR ran a commentary by Adam Frank. According to the author bio at the end of the piece, he is: “is a co-founder of the 13.7 blog, an astrophysics professor at the … Continue reading An astrophysicist asks: Does mindfulness mean anything?

Mindfulness training weaves its way into the classroom

We’ve covered how mindfulness — for good or bad — is establishing itself as a practice in the business world. Next up? The dreaded health class! That’ll be no surprise to you. You know that yoga is being taught in more and more schools (via the Sonima Foundation and others). Now, those same business world people … Continue reading Mindfulness training weaves its way into the classroom

Cultivating mindfulness to improve your Ashtanga practice

It seems fair to say that mindfulness and Ashtanga (and a yoga and/or asana practice in general) are intertwined. Of course, mindfulness on its own is a broad topic — as all the focus on it of late attests. Now, scientists have studied mindfulness’ — controlled awareness, in this case — positive effect on people’s … Continue reading Cultivating mindfulness to improve your Ashtanga practice

The corrupting of mindfulness and yoga

A while back we posted about Google’s use of mindfulness training. Now, as if in answer, and not in a friendly, hey that’s great kind of way, comes this essay in MacLean’s. (Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan’s website for the find.) You can tell that from this excerpt: The embrace of mindfulness by a distracted, … Continue reading The corrupting of mindfulness and yoga

Google this: Mindfulness training and yoga in the mainstream

As we stretch our boundaries a little — the looming Yatra will do that — and pull in some threads on science and yoga, it is difficult to resist passing on this tale out of Google. It comes via the NY Times. Headline: OK, Google, Take a Deep Breath. And it is what it sounds like. … Continue reading Google this: Mindfulness training and yoga in the mainstream

Another benefit to yoga in jail: Better fathers

A study unveiled this summer reaches a wonderful conclusion: Combining yoga practice with parenting classes for inmates can help them be better fathers. Here’s a link to the study. From the conclusion: These results also provide preliminary evidence that yoga and mindfulness combined with parenting education may benefit incarcerated fathers personally, in terms of self-awareness, … Continue reading Another benefit to yoga in jail: Better fathers

Getting your Headspace right

Another in the growing line of stories covering meditation’s migration into mindfulness pops up this month in the New Yorker. I’m trying to decide if meditation’s becoming mindfulness is akin to asana’s becoming (all of) yoga. I don’t think that quite works, but surely there are parallels between how both are being embraced anew in … Continue reading Getting your Headspace right

Here’s why you shouldn’t be saying ‘Ashtanga was designed for young boys’

We’ve covered Eddie Stern’s clear and unarguable statement about the myth that Ashtanga was created for young boys. And we’ve encouraged everyone to pass that along. This morning, I got a clear example of why that’s important. Thumbing through the Facebook, I saw on the feed from someone from high school — the classic Facebook … Continue reading Here’s why you shouldn’t be saying ‘Ashtanga was designed for young boys’

Yoga news: TV show to ‘demystify’ practice, folks worry about yogafication of meditation

A trio of stories to start your week in the know. First up, the Discovery Channel, tied to the International Day of Yoga, is going to air a program that seeks to demystify yoga and its spread across the world. From the Economic Times: The hour-long-special programme titled ‘The story of Yoga’ aims to celebrate … Continue reading Yoga news: TV show to ‘demystify’ practice, folks worry about yogafication of meditation

There’s a Congressional Yogi Association? Apparently yes

We’ve highlighted the exploits of Rep. Tim Ryan before. The latest from him? A bit of yoga not just in America’s capitol — but on Capitol Hill itself. From one of the papers that cover that august body: The inaugural “Yoga on the Hill” session, originally envisioned as an outdoor spectacle, wound up taking place … Continue reading There’s a Congressional Yogi Association? Apparently yes