Former congresswoman Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords is no slacker. A couple of years ago she was a rising star in congress and then she and many others were shot by a madman at a rally in her home state of Arizona. Even though she has struggled to recover from her brain injury she and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, have launched a ambitious PAC and campaign, Americans for Responsible Solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership.
In a recent ABC News Diane Sawyer interview Gabby talks about her journey toward recovery. In the poignant interview she notes physical therapy, speech therapy and yoga are part of that journey. This is in the spirit of our work here; appropriately modified postures and mindful movement are a complement to therapy. A practice of mindful yoga is nourishing to heart, mind and body regardless of the state of things; brain injury, post-surgery, training for a marathon, difficult mood, active family life and more.
My thanks to Gabby Giffords for her example of courage in the face of the immense personal challenges of the past two years. All-the-best in her personal and public challenges with her new campaign. Perhaps she can encourage us no matter what we face. Perhaps our mindful movement practice can be a helpful way of nourishing our life even in the challenging times.
You can read more about Gabby’s journey in Melanie Eversley’s USA Today article.
I will be teaching a class and very practical aspects of mindfulness practice and gentle movement to help us stay healthy. At the Hillsboro library on Saturday, February 16th at 2pm. Hope to see you there. Details.
Marie and I recently wrote an article for the Washington County Review about how the practices we share can be helpful for all of us. If you would like to read it, here is a link to the article: Being Well, Being Mindful Being at Home in this Body. Be well dear friends.
We are honored Chris is offering her unique talents in this extraordinary 10-week special series. Experiential practice of breathing, meditation, guided imagery and yoga postures (asana) will be woven with philosophical and ethical dimensions of yoga. If you are interested contact Chris. There is still room though you must contact her if you wish to register for this special series.
As you may know Marie traveled 4,300 miles this last summer across the country on her bike alone from Florence Oregon to the beach in Virginia. Our FaceBook page has a photo album of the trip. See here. The new local paper, the Hillsboro Tribune, published an article about Marie’s venture by our dear student JoAnn Boatright. Read the article
A few of our students have mentioned this wonderful radio interview on NPR’s On Being program. Jon, one of my teachers and the creator of MBSR, expresses the heart of the practice of mindfulness and captures what I intend in the MBSR Programs and Mindful Yoga classes here. I hope you enjoy his interview. Kind Regards — Brant
Opening to Our Lives; Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Science of Mindfulness on NPR’s On Being program with Krista Tippett
Our Winter Newsletter includes Marie’s letter to everyone about serving the community, her patients, students and others. NewsletterWinter2013