What is it?
Mindful Yoga is a specific way of practicing yoga. It involves using an abundance of rich pedagogical detail to make the pose healthier in all ways, whilst simultaneously maximizing the training of the mind.
Let me explain:
Learning and applying alignments to our yoga practice is the only way to ensure that we are moving correctly, healthily, and that our practice will support us through old age. Without the knowledge of how and why to do a pose in a way that’s anatomically correct, the asana can, and with time, will, cause injury.
The double bonus is that when we practice this way, becoming more refined in our ability to watch movement and self-adjust, we’re also embarking on a radical training of our minds. How? Because we’ve upped the game! We’re now practicing yoga whilst paying attention to a myriad of nuanced movements within the movement itself.
“What is the tailbone doing? What are the back ribs doing? Are the quadriceps lifting evenly on the left and the right?”
We give the body and mind increasingly multi-layered tasks to work on at the same time. Training our minds to sustain a deep level of focus that naturally expands in our effort to notice more. The inward mind deep and alert. Our practice becomes more mindful in every way.
Online Yoga Teaching is an archive of Mindful Yoga Teachings. Sharing 30 years of dedicated study and practice, each class is rich with crucial adjustments that have the power to transform. Learn techniques and methodologies that will both enhance your postural alertness in asana and support an increased capacity to notice, to have greater awareness. Making our practice really count.
“After many years of studio yoga practice with some of the finest yoga teachers in cities around the world, I was blessed to discover the yoga teachings of Catherine de Rham. And from it, came a radical and renewed RE-awakening of the meaning, practice and embodiment of yoga. As a former Buddhist monk and teacher of meditation, I say with joyful confidence that Catherine is unequivocally the most mindfully intelligent and instructionally nuanced yoga teacher that I have certainly practiced with, and perhaps, in the world today. If you give yourself the gift and integrate her classes as a regular part of your life, I think you will see, as I have, a new depth of mindful yoga and self-transformation of the highest order. Thank you Catherine for your decades of training, shared artfully and gracefully through your yoga teachings.”
Alan Clements is also the author of Instinct for Freedom, The Voice of Hope,
A Future to Believe In: 108 Reflections on the Art & Activism of Freedom, and Revolution of the Spirit.
More information on Alan’s work at worlddharma.com