The Moving Home to Mindfulness series is dedicated to making mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga accessible, applicable and practically relevant to everyday living.




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Courses In This Series Combine Live Online Tuition With Access Anytime Material.

 The Courses are Organized into Three Levels With Different Content Suitable For Different Levels of Experience and Practice. 

No Prior Yoga or Meditation Experience is Needed for the Level 1 Course. Some Experience Recommended but not Required For Level 2 & 3 Courses


The Moving Home to Mindfulness (MHM) is designed to guide participants towards an understanding of their own bodies, minds and hearts through a potent blend of yoga based movement, formal and informal meditations and everyday practical applications of the mindfulness principles. 

We might think of coming home to mindfulness as forging an authentic connection with ourselves in three fundamental ways; first by thoroughly grounding our attention in the reality and refuge of of body and breath; second, discovering our capacity for challenging but powerful liberating strategies to work skilfully with our thoughts and emotions; third, understanding the underlying principles of how to engage ethically and harmoniously with others and with this precious earth. 

Or to put it more simply, we might think of it as simply coming home to a sense of belonging both in our bodies, minds and heart and in the world with each other.

The teachings of mindfulness say that it is when we come home to ourselves in this way, we discover that ease, peace and wisdom are part of our inherent nature, and that even though we are often out of touch with these qualities, they are always waiting for us to re-connect, like the sun is always waiting behind the clouds.

Just as weather patterns shift in ways that obscure the heat and light of the sun, our capacity for love and wisdom can be obscured by the internal and external weather of life experiences. But the teachings of mindfulness remind us that our innate capacities remain available and there are ways to understand the disturbing weather and regain access to the sun of mindful awareness.

When we reconnect with mindful awareness, we find we have more space to see the potential for skilful actions. In other words, we can make choices that have more beneficial outcomes for us and those around us. We find we have what it takes to meet life wisely in all its ups and downs!

The series offers options for three levels, each of which can be taken as a stand-alone course appropriate to your level of practice and experience, or they can be taken in order to bring you a methodical and progressive journey through the core teachings of mindfulness and their applications in daily living


Overview Of Course Structure

These Details Apply Across All Courses In The Series

Each Course is offered initially as a live month-long immersion in mindfulness practice but following the live dates, courses can be purchased and you can choose your own pace. Students in the live monthlong immersions also receive access to all the recordings for 6 months after and so can review at their leisure.  Participants in courses that are no longer running live will have the opportunity to schedule two live one-on-one Q&A sessions with Cathi


During the Live Monthlong Immersions the weekly program includes;


  • A Live Online Seminar. This Establishes The Theme for the Week & Involves a short talk, some movement, meditation. Mon 7-9pm Optional Q&A 9-9:30pm


  • A Mindful Yoga Class (75 mins). Option to attend live on Tuesday 7-8:15pm or access recording anytime.


  • A Guided Mindfulness Meditation Class (30 mins). Option to attend live on Tuesday 8:30-9pm or access recording anytime.


  • Additional Q&A sessions to support you while you progress


 

All Live sessions will be recorded so you can catch them later if you miss one. Once Enrolled, the course is yours for 6 Months so you can revisit and explore all the material at your own pace. 


 

In Summary, Each Course Provides

  • 4 Short Talks Introducing Various Aspects of  Mindfulness
  • 4  Seminars Mondays 7-9pm
  • 4 Optional Q&A Monday 9pm -9:30pm
  • 4 Recorded Guided Meditation Classes (30 mins)
  • 4 Recorded Guided Movement classes (75 mins)
  • A host of supplementary materials such as short readings, poetry, extra audio tracks with meditations of various lengths you can access on your phone or mobile device

 


No Prior Yoga Experience is Required. The Course aims to use movement as a way into exploring mindfulness, so while those with an established yoga practice will likely enjoy applying the lens of mindfulness to their practice, beginning yoga students are welcome. Modifications and alternatives will always be offered because Cathi is passionate about meeting people where they are and bring mindfulness to people in ways that are authentic and accessible for all levels of practitioner.


 

Those who do already have yoga experience will find that these specific teachings of mindfulness shine new light on their yoga practice and offer a fresh perspective. They will benefit from the stress-relief and insights that arise from formal mindfulness meditation and applying these insights to their everyday lives.

 

Interconnection is a key teaching in the tradition of mindfulness and so we value that in this program. Happily, our online platform allows you to engage with your teacher and with other participants in the program anytime through online community space and class discussion forums.

 




If You Have Questions-Please Scroll To The Bottom To Review our FAQs





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What Is Mindfulness-Is it More Than Just A New Buzzword?

Why Three Different Courses And Which One Is Right For me?

The key teachings of mindfulness were laid down over 2500 years ago in a text called the Satipattana Sutta. This text is the basis for all the modern teachings of mindfulness, and the ideas therein are the basis for our course. However, this course is fundamentally about experiential and embodied wisdom—we will not be studying the text in a scholarly way but rather applying its powerful teachings to our individual and collective experience in ways that are accessible, applicable and practically relevant to modern daily living.

Nevertheless, it’s helpful to know a little bit about the origins of the course. It’s worth knowing that these teachings have been handed down in a chain of teachers and students that goes back to approximately 500 B.C.E.—and they continued to be diligently passed on to successive generations precisely because they work! Mindfulness might be a modern buzzword, but it is a tried and true mind body technology. We have all heard about Mindfulness as a method of relieving stress and this is absolutely true, but it is so much more and in essence provides us with a rich psychological and emotional mapping of experience that is profoundly liberating.

Satipattana means something like the Roots of Awareness (what we now call mindfulness) and Sutta means thread or verse. So this text could be translated as the Verses on The Roots of Awareness or as is most common, the Verses on the Foundations of Mindfulness. 

This text, while ancient, is still as powerful and relevant to our modern world as it ever was--even more so as our world becomes more complex, it is increasingly necessary to find tried and true ways of simplifying, slowing down and re-connecting with what is wise and true. Our bodies are increasingly stressed and exhausted and it is more important than ever to find a way home to a balance of energy and a sense of well-being. This text can serve as a map to guide us home to our natural capacity for stability, balance, clarity, wisdom and ultimately, Love. As one teacher puts it

Love is wisdom’s natural Radiance

~Ajahn Sumedo

The Satipattana Sutta text is precise and methodical, working through  four foundations of understanding and practice. They are as follows;

  1. The Foundation of Mindfulness of the Body and the Breath in the Body
  2. The Foundation of Mindfulness of Feeling Tone (Vedana) of the "flavor" of experience
  3. The Foundation of Mindfulness of Mental States (thoughts and emotions)
  4. The Foundation of Mindfulness of the Dharmas or the teachings of what holds life together. This aspect is woven into the other three and so can be seen as a kind of overarching set of ideas that permeate and give context for the other 3.


The MHM series moves us methodically through the four foundations in three courses

  1. MHM Level 1: Rediscovering Body and Breath (Foundation 1)
  2. MHM Level 2: Many Ways Of Being Mindful (Foundation 2 & 4)
  3. MHM Level 3: Navigating The Heart & The Mind: Obstacles & Opportunities (Foundation 3 & 4)

 

If you are brand new to either mindfulness meditation or mindful yoga, it is advised that you begin at the beginning!  

Level 1 establishes a clear and concrete sense of mindfulness of the body and breath, in motion and in stillness. Even if you have done other kinds of yoga and meditation, which may or may not have occasionally used the words “mindfulness” or “mindful” (which are used everywhere these days) the specific approach of traditional mindfulness might be a little or a lot different depending on the specific training of the teacher. In this programme, we largely follow the approach of the Insight Meditation tradition (also known as Vipassana) and it’s worth establishing a foundational sense of what this specific approach to mindfulness is about. 

This is in no way to devalue other traditions—in our modern world, we are blessed  with a vast trove of wisdom from a variety of eastern traditions and while all have benefits and many point to the same thing ultimately, when learning them it can be confusing and if combining different traditions, it's helpful to understand they ways they overlap and the ways the differ. It simply gives students the power to develop a clearer understanding of what works best for them. Again, this programme is rooted in the Insight Meditation tradition and it's helpful to know the basics of this approach.

Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein & Sharon Salzberg are well known teachers in this tradition, as are many other teachers from IMS/Spirit Rock in the U.S and Gaia House in the U.K. Cathi's training was at Spirit Rock in California.


Level 2 is ideal for those with some experience of mindfulness meditation and/or mindful yoga. It starts to explore our cognitive psychology a little more deeply. The second foundation of mindfulness helps us in mapping a moment of experience on the spectrum of pleasant, unpleasant and neutral and drawing implications for our ability to work with more skilfully with thoughts and actions. In Level 2, we also look at the many ways we can practice mindfulness, so that sitting cross-legged under a tree, while lovely if you have a tree and open hips, is not possible for everyone and is not the only way. 

Some previous mindfulness experience is recommended (see notes on level 1 above), but not required


In Level 3, we take a deep dive into nagivating mind states, which refers to both thoughts and emotions. It is extremely rewarding to work with this third foundation of mindfulness and the teachings are methodical and precise. However, because it is challenging terrain, it is highly recommended that you have completed levels 1 &/or 2, or have comparable level of experience, eg an 8-week MBSR course, or at least six months of steady Mindful Yoga practice and /or Mindfulness Meditation with Cathi or another Mindful Yoga or meditation teacher. If you are not sure if level 3 is right for you, please email cathi@anoisyoga.com

 

The Potent Combination Of Yoga And Mindfulness

has been Cathi's practice for some 10+ years and she has been specifically trained in this approach

Alongside Cathi's extensive training in Hatha Yoga (specifically in Alignment Flow and more recently Subtle Body Yoga, and Ayurvedic Yoga) Cathi trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. The teacher Training there pioneered this blend of mindful movement and meditation and was directed by Anne Cushman, Phillip Moffit and Will Kabat-Zinn. Throughout the courses, there will be reference to Anne's excellent book “Moving Into Meditation: A 12 Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners,” so the book is recommended reading alongside our explorations, but by no means required.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Can I still enroll in a course even after the starting date has passed?

    Yes! All live classes will be recorded and so you can join anytime and catch up on what you missed at your convenience

  • What if I have missed the Live Course dates completely but I am still interested in the course topics and material--do I have to wait for the next LIVE course or can I still enroll and get all the content?

    Yes you can still enroll and get all the content! The LIVE courses run at specific times and will be offered periodically, but after the LIVE dates end (and even during) you can still enroll in the course of your choice. Because all the LIVE sessions are recorded, you can access all the sessions in your own time and you can still use the online interactive features to communicate with other participants and the teacher. Because you also get the recordings of the Q&As, many of the questions that come up for you as you work at your own pace through the classes may have been addressed in these recorded Q&A sessions, but you can also email the teacher with your particular questions.

  • Can I enroll in a level 2 or 3 course if I have not done level 1?

    Yes! Participants can choose which level(s) are relevant for them given their level of practice and experience with mindfulness. It is not advisable to join levels 2 or 3 unless you have some experience of mindfulness (either mindful yoga or meditation centred on body and/or breath). While we'd love you to take our level 1 foundations course, it's not necessary and so long as you have had some basic mindfulness experience elsewhere. you'll benefit from our courses for levels 2 and 3.

  • I have not done much mindfulness practice but I have done lots of yoga practice--will I really learn anything new on this course?

    Yes! While traditionally, the quality of mindful awareness is to be brought into any yoga practice, as yoga came to the west, the asana practice (postures and movement) is typically what has been emphasised and often the mindfulness teachings are de-emphasised or left out. This course will emphasise those teachings and for many this brings a whole new dimension to their yoga practice. And while this is not a "buddhist" course, mindfulness comes from the teachings of Siddartha Gotama, known as The Buddha, and so we'll be exploring these teachings as a framework for practical philosophy and a basis for living in a wise, ethical and fully embodied way. Some of these teachings overlap with yoga, and some differ but often these wisdom and ethical teachings have been left out of modern western yoga, so you may discover a whole new area for exploration.

  • I have done meditation before, although not mindfulness meditation--is it really that different?

    Meditation is like sport-just as there are many different sports (football, tennis, running, basketball), there are many ways to meditate. For example, some traditions have visualisation, or invite you into one-pointed concentration. This course will teach the from the perspective of Insight Meditation, A Modern Secular Buddhist approach to the Satipattana Sutta. This approach works with what are called the four foundations of mindfulness and while in practice all four are involved in our meditation, it's helpful to approach them one at a time while learning the meditation practice and explore the aspects of each foundation so that you progress sustainably and with confidence. Level 1 will focus on mindfulness of body and breath. Level 2 will explore standing and walking meditation as well as mindfulness of Vedana or "feeling Tone". Level 3 will explore mindfulness of mind states (thoughts and emotions) and the overall framework of what is called "the dharma" or what holds things together. Level 3 will also specifically explore the Brahma Viharas or The Divine Abodes of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity.

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