introduction to teaching meditation:
mindfulness of the breathing body
with Marlie McGovern
Breath is a bridge. Breath is an emissary between the world around you and your own body’s interior, and between the conscious and unconscious parts of your mind. Breath creates speech, which traverses the boundary between self and other – the in-between space where minds, thoughts, and ideas meet and co-mingle, where communication, intimacy, and new possibilities are catalyzed.
In the Buddhist tradition of Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness of the Breathing Body is the essential foundation, the fertile ground from which all subsequent practice grows. Mindfulness of the Breathing Body develops the skills of concentration and self-quieting, and cultivates a capacity for nuanced self-attunement and self-regulation. From this centered, clear, confident seat, you may begin to explore the wisdom aspects of the tradition, including the insights of constant change, interconnection, and the potential freedom of relaxing away from habitual thought patterns and behaviors, filtered through the discerning lens of your own body and mind.
How do we know what we know? Yoga and Buddhism consider direct personal experience to be the highest form of knowledge. Mindfulness of the Breathing Body meaningfully complements active asana practice offering an expanded experiential tool-kit for working with your body, nervous system, and mind, and for teaching effective relaxation, stress management and critical thinking skills to others.
This introductory weekend training will offer a thorough theoretical and experiential grounding in Mindfulness of the Breathing Body practice, balanced with practical application and personal integration:
- Ground yourself in a clear and thorough introduction to the theory and practice techniques of Mindfulness of the Breathing Body meditation
- Learn antidotes to the common hindrances of sleepiness, restlessness, and worry
- Explore multiple dynamic approaches to working breath and body to establish connections between practice and insights, and to cultivate desired therapeutic results
- Taste greater focus, flexibility, resourcefulness, and space within yourself through personal meditation practice
- Share in a supportive learning community (sangha) with your fellow classmates, and discuss how to facilitate and encourage community as a teacher
- Begin to develop the confidence, vocabulary, and presence to successfully lead others in Mindfulness of Breathing Body meditation
- Practice leading meditation in one-to-one and small group formats, and receive constructive feedback in a safe, supportive environment
This training is appropriate for those seeking to begin or deepen a mindfulness mediation practice, for yoga teachers seeking to knowledgeably weave meditation into their classes, and for therapists, physicians, pastors, caregivers, parents, teachers, and others seeking to offer the benefits of meditation to others. All are welcome.
Upcoming Dates: January 19-21st 2018
Schedule: Friday, 7:00-9:00pm, Saturday 1-6pm, Sunday 1-8:15pm
The training weekend will conclude with meditation and full-length restorative class on Sunday evening, 6:15-8:15pm.
Marlie McGovern, E-RYT, RPYT, MA, teaches meditative and somatic practices from the contemplative traditions of Yoga and Buddhism, informed by contemporary insights from Western psychology.
With an educational background in cultural anthropology and psychology, Marlie explores how we experience ourselves and others in the world. She specializes in Restorative Yoga, a deep and nuanced practice of fully supported asana that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and facilitates exploration of the subtle limbs of yoga. She created and leads Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings for physicians, therapists, yoga teachers and caregivers across diverse professions.
Marlie is a teacher in the Meditation Teacher Training program with Nalanda Institute, The Path, and Pure Yoga, and is a graduate of the Nalanda Institute’s two-year Contemplative Psychotherapy Program. In addition to teacher trainings, weekly classes, and one-to-one private sessions, Marlie leads workshops for cultural institutions, such as New York University, The Rubin Museum, and Tibet House U.S.