Beth’s mindfulness-based yoga is inspired by the Plum Village practices of Engaged Buddhism, founded by the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn. The asana portion of the class is conducted slowly, mindfully, and infused with dharmic guidance such as stopping and looking deeply into the nature of the bodymind, appreciating the synergy of the sangha, sinking deeply into the present moment, observing the flow of phenomena, touching the reality of Interbeing, abiding in the senses, and similar awareness practices. Asana is conducted with great respect for the yogic tradition, awareness of Ayurveda, and with solid anatomical and alignment support. Classes may include formal sitting meditation, a reading, a song, or other teaching from the Plum Village Mindfulness trainings or pranayama, bandha, kriya and other teachings from classical yogic texts. The primary aim of mindfulness-based yoga is to access the reality and bliss of abiding fully right here and right now, not waiting for an abstract future day to touch life deeply.
Mindfulness-based practice provides the physiological benefits of exercise, the mind training at the core of all the internal arts, and helps practitioners come home to themselves.