(See also: meditation.) Mindfulness is a meditative tool which is used to address health issues such as anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure. Whether you’re dealing with the effects of physical stress or emotional trauma, mindfulness is a effective antidote for the modern condition—and it doesn’t demand subscription to a set of beliefs. Yet, mindfulness tends to lead people down a path they might not expect. Although we might start out using mindfulness to remedy a specific symptom, we may also find ourselves drawn into the full scope of the Buddhist teachings. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was a pioneering program which brought Buddhist mindfulness into a Western medical context. Today, there are courses in mindfulness for beginners in most Western cities, and there are mindfulness retreats in exotic locations throughout the world. You can also attend training programs in mindfulness if you are interested in bringing mindfulness techniques into your own workplace or therapeutic practice.

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    Aug 21 - 23, 2020 (3 days) See 14 more dates
    Live with Joy, Purpose and Confidence Within you lie vast, untapped possibilities waiting to be discovered.  Through The Happiness Retreat you’ll learn practical and powerful techniques that will enable you to gain a greater vision of who you are and benefit you for the rest of your life.  You will find yourself enabled to create a more joyous, purposeful life, and gain the confidence to…
  • Hridaya Yoga Center – Mazunte Oaxaca Mexico Mazunte Oaxaca Mexico
    Sep 3 - 14, 2020 (12 days)
    Course Fee: $320 USD (Accommodation and meals extra) Course Dates: September 4th, 2020 - September 13th, 2020 Accommodation Dates: September 3rd, 2020 - September 14th, 2020 The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique 10-day immersion experience which focuses on accessing our real and essential nature, the supreme and divine Self, atman, through an artful integration of meditation and yoga…
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    Zen Zentrum Johanneshof-Quellenweg – Herrischried Baden-Württemberg Germany Herrischried Baden-Württemberg Germany
    Jul 24 - 27, 2020 (4 days)
    Kursbeschreibung: Wie können wir ein Gleichgewicht zwischen Arbeit (Aktion) und Entspannung in einer Yoga-Haltung finden?   In den Basishaltungen, z. Bsp. im Stehen Tadasana oder Utthita Trikonasana werden die Arme und die Beine vollständig gestreckt, die Rumpfseiten werden angehoben und der Brustkorb wird geweitet. Diese Impulse benötigen muskuläre Arbeit. Gleichzeitig sollten die Augen…
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    Oct 11 - 16, 2020 (6 days) See 2 more dates
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  • Dr. Eva Wong

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    Aug 6 - 9, 2020 (4 days) See 1 more date
    This yin yoga course will give you the knowledge and experience to conduct a safe and enjoyable yin yoga flow. Through the time spent with the facilitators, you will learn the dynamics, history, and philosophy of yin yoga. You will learn the foundations of yin yoga giving you a clear understanding of the basic science, as well as the general application of, and general alignment within, yin poses.…
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    May 21 - 24, 2020 (4 days)
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