My journey into meditation and yoga began four decades ago, and I continue to learn every day. In college, I needed to strenghten my mental focus for my studies and found a yoga PE class tucked away in a tiny room next to a noisy basketball court. Little did I know where that first yoga session would lead me.
Twenty years after that first yoga session, I earned my certification to teach at the world-renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.
Both my training and my teaching focused on mindfulness as the core of the practice, with breath and movement as vehicles for learning to”still the chatter of the mind” as the yoga sutras instruct. Teaching mindfulness online was a natural progression for me from the traditional meditative yoga practices I taught for years. And our ‘plentiful’ CoVid time at-home opened up the opportunity to practice and become certified with Zoom!
Today, I teach mindfulness meditation classes and lead practice groups on-line. My classes lead students step-by-step through both foundational and advanced practices of mindfulness. In these days of Zoom-studio teaching, I have even had a student share that her overly-active dog settles right down when she (the dog) hears my voice beginning to lead a meditation!
I am most grateful for the chance to teach and lead retreats over 20 years in beautiful, wild places including Maine Audubon’s pristine Borestone Mountain Sanctuary in the midst of Maine’s Hundred Mile Wilderness, at the historic National Audubon camp on Hog Island, Maine, and at Cape Cod’s National Seashore Marconi Beach. And to Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary and to the many students who joined me there.
I invite you to join me!
Namaste, Deb Cook