Since 2008, September has been designated as National Yoga Month by the Department of Health and Human Services. This year was especially exciting for us because we rolled out our new YouTube Channel and finalized the Yoga by Numbers iPad App, which launched October 1st. Now we’re taking a moment to breathe and catch up on what we missed last month in yoga and mindfulness news.
The first annual Accessible Yoga Conference took place in Santa Barbara, CA. Yoga International interviewed the founder of the conference, Jivana Heyman, about making yoga more accessible for practitioners with disabilities and chronic illnesses. This movement is close to our hearts at YbN because a core part of our mission is that yoga can and should be for everyone. Check out the interview here and read more about the accessible yoga movement at accessibleyoga.org.
The New York Times published a thought provoking report on a meditation center in Oakland, CA that is succeeding at building a diverse community through targeted outreach and classes limited to participants who identify as a member of a minority group.
Yoga Journal posted an excerpt from Pema Chödrön’s new book, Fail, Fail Better, Fail Again: Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown, about finding wisdom, strength, and meaning in failure, and turning a difficult experience into an opportunity. This title is at the top of our reading list.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is one of the most influential modern day thinkers on the topic of mindfulness. We were interested in how exactly he defines “mindfulness” in this video posted by Mindful.org.
We’re also loving the infographic Mindful.org created about the 5 Reasons to Meditate (and the most common reasons we don’t).
Finally, Tiny Buddha offered some great advice for working with your inner critic when you’re trying something new, like yoga!
by Clare M.