Coming to our Senses… – Mindfulness Practices in Education

by | Apr 9, 2016

sensory perceptionSensation perception – tapping into our immediate bodily awareness – is at the heart of all yoga and mindfulness practices.

It’s also a major research interest of Dr. Robert W. Roeser, a professor of psychology and human development at Portland State University. He’s also a research fellow at the Mind and Life Institute and on the science advisory board for the Hawn Foundation, creator of the MindUp program.

In this wonderful lecture from last year’s Yoga Calm Summer Intensive at Still Meadow Retreat, Rob shares a number of brain research discoveries that show

  • How memory constructs our current experience.
  • How training the mind to focus on one thing develops the ability to self-regulate.
  • How training the mind to focus on sensation arising within the body is essential to learning emotional regulation skills.
  • How training the mind to attend to what’s going right in our lives – gratitude practice – is essential, enhancing and creating a memory “database” that in the next moment may cause us to see the good in the world equally as likely as likely as threats and negative experiences.

For the past 5 years, Rob has been an advisory board member for Yoga Calm, and we’re grateful for all his wise counsel to our organization. We’re also pleased and proud of his new position as the Bennett Pierce Professor in Caring and Compassion at Penn State in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development.

But first, he’ll be joining us again at this year’s Oregon Summer Intensive. And we’re grateful for that, as well. Year after year, his presentations have been a highlight of our trainings.

We hope you can join us at our premier training event with the founders of Yoga Calm and youth educators and therapists from around the world. Its Wellness 1-3 coursework applies toward our Youth and Adult Instructor Certification programs – and the camaraderie we develop and share generates inspiration to fuel you as you take Yoga Calm back to your own work with youth or other populations.

Learn more about this year’s Oregon Intensive, June 18-21, 2016.

Can’t make it to Oregon? We have Intensives scheduled in Washington (June 25-27, 2016) and Minnesota (June 14-16), as well! (Note: Dr. Roeser and other experts will be presenting at the Oregon Intensive only.)

Image by Sarah R, via Flickr

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