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Yogic Meditation to the Rescue for Struggling Meditators with Douglas Baker...

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Yogic Meditation to the Rescue for Struggling Meditators

with Douglas Baker, LICSW

Learning meditation and achieving mindfulness can seem as elusive as catching a unicorn for some new to the practice. Told by well-meaning teachers to simply follow the breath, they find themselves flooded by a deluge of thoughts, and come to believe meditation is either a myth or simply not possible for them in particular. Many throw in the towel, and the opportunity is lost. Enter yogic meditation, a practice of directed breathing coordinated with simple body movements. This practice gives the restless mind more "doing" to latch onto, and tends to yield a focused, quieter, even peaceful state of mind, for many new students who previously found only squirrels in the attic. It can provide a useful entre to meditation, an important and satisfying "pre-mindfulness". This workshop presents a brief history, simple concepts and experiential learning of yogic meditation.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

1. understand the fundamentals of yogic meditation and how it differs from traditional meditation and mindfulness

2. understand the cognitive focusing effect of the yogic techniques

3. understand the applications and potential benefits for the practice for students new to or struggling with meditation, including in psychotherapy

Douglas Baker, LICSW is a therapist in Cambridge, a Kripalu yoga teacher and teacher of mindfulness. He's a former clinician of the department of psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, and a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He's a frequent presenter on mindfulness for organizations and leads individuals on personal mindfulness-based retreats. His first book, Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking, was published in 2017.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Please see details at http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/lecture-series.

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Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits are available for a fee of $30. Please click the Green 'Tickets' button to register.

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The Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center) is a large building occupying the block bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Dunster Street, Holyoke Street, and Mount Auburn Street. The center's street address is 75 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The lecture will be held in the Mt. Auburn Room.

Please note that The Smith Campus Center is currently under construction. Use the entrance on Dunster Street (across from Mike’s Pastry) to access the building. You will need to sign in with an ID at the security desk. We will alert them to the event.

Click here for general directions to Harvard University. If using public transit, take the Red Line to the Harvard stop; or take any number of buses that come to Harvard Square.

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Parking is limited around Harvard Square. There are metered parking spaces available around the square, though they are usually quite full. Click here for listings of parking garages in Harvard Square.

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Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series

This program is part of the Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series, offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and the David S Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services. In this monthly series, gather with friends and colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection of mindfulness, compassion, and clinical practice. The presenters are notable leaders and speakers in the field who bring with them a wide variety of research and clinical experience. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.

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