FIND YOUR INNER BLISS
Spark a more mindful lifestyle this summer
A buckwheat zafu cushion gathering dust, five (or more) meditation apps, sprays with names like “Calm Mind” and “Zen”… Behold a vignette of a well-intentioned-but-not-practicing student of meditation. Despite the strong evidence of its benefits (more on that in a moment), many still find the practice a struggle to add to their routines. That’s where the Dallas Yoga Center comes in with its mission to “educate, enrich, and inspire the community to lead more mindful, meaningful, and healthier lives.”
Closer to an ashram than a gym, the tucked-away spot is a shop, wellness center, and hub of the local meditation and mindfulness community—a perfect place to invest in your long-term mental health. Kay Colbert, one of the center’s resident experts and licensed clinical social worker, cites studies proving mindfulness as a tool to increase concentration, lessen anxiety, balance emotions, and boost overall happiness. (A study led by a team of Harvard affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that meditation can actually increase the brain’s gray matter). “People want to learn how to incorporate the practice into their lives, but often don’t know where to start,” says Colbert. And so Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and beginners’ yoga classes happen alongside sessions focusing on restorative yoga, guided meditation, and sound healing.
“We want to add even more mindfulness classes to the calendar,” says Colbert. “Often, people come to workshops and leave excited, wanting to deepen their practice on a regular basis.” Those periodic workshops range from a Sunday afternoon class to multiple-hour courses spread over several weeks. In a recent introductory workshop, Colbert explained that mindfulness isn’t just about just sitting still. Topics covered included basic meditation, body scanning (checking in with your body), and mindful breathing, walking, and eating. (Yes, that’s a thing.)
“There’s no right way or wrong way to be mindful, but it’s not about going on auto-pilot. It’s also not about following your thoughts to wherever they bounce around.” (Monkey mind, as she calls it.) “It’s about being present to your internal and external experience—being in touch with and aware of the moment.”
Here’s a look at what’s on for July at the Dallas Yoga Center. Expect a wide variety of workshops and mindfulness courses for even the most scatterbrained among us.
Sunday July 7 – Sunday September 8: 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Series with Alfie Wishart. 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
The Details: Dallas Yoga Center, 4525 Lemon Avenue, Third Floor.