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Heather teaches a class at the Boston University Medical School, working with Roger Saper, an Associate Professor and Director of Integrated Medicine. The elective addresses the way yoga affects the mind, and includes experiential components, where the students take part in yoga and mindfulness sessions. Read about it here:
Yogis have long practised yoga for mental transformation, above all to calm the mind. In fact, in the yoga sutras – one of the fundamental and oldest yogic texts – it is declared that ‘Yoga citta vritti nirodhah’ – ‘Yoga stills the mind’. That yoga might offer a way of treating psychological problems is in the West a recent notion.
Listen to Heather Mason speak about the work of The Minded Institute, on My Spirit Radio with Robin Robinson. Hear about Heather's journey in creating The Minded Institute, the professional training, and up and coming courses and exciting conferences.
Ben Tannenbaum, a wiry first-year medical student, is under pressure.
His typical day involves about five hours of lectures and test prep — physiology, genetics and histology on a recent weekday; a mad dash off to a clinic to practice as a doctor learning physical exams and basic medical history-taking; and then, after getting home around 8:30 pm, a few more hours of work reviewing the day’s material before it all starts again the next morning.
Mason believes that yoga can be a powerful antidote. On a recent Wednesday late afternoon, she tinkered with speakers that send a low chime through the airy space of the MED student lounge where the class was meeting. While she adjusted the sound, nearly three dozen students unfurled yoga mats toward a bank of windows facing the setting sun. Some had come directly from cramming at the library for a pulmonology exam the next day.
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