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Uprooting Mindfulness: The Secularization of Yoga and Meditation

Mindfulness and Education Working Group

Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Mindfulness-based meditation practices and yoga are growing in popularity as "tools" for mental and physical health in psychology and fitness. As we continue to find value in meditation in contemporary culture, how can we keep an eye to the history, lineage, and culture that these practices came from? Join MEWG in discussing and thinking critically about how much is gained and lost in fitting the contemplative practices into secular, "Western" frameworks in psychology, medicine, and physical health. A panel of speakers will discuss mindfulness and yoga in the context of cultural appropriation, colonization, spirituality, and tradition.

Our panel includes Roopa Singh, yoga teacher and founder of SAAPYA (South Asian American Perspectives on Yoga in America); Ira Helderman, psychotherapist, PhD candidate in Psychology, Religion and Culture ("Prescribing the Dharma: 'Religion' and 'Secular' in the Buddhist/Psychotherapist Relationship"); Rajiv Malhotra, author of "Breaking India" and "Being Different"; and Vineet Chander, Hindu Life Coordinator at Princeton University.
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306 Russell Hall, Teachers College


Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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