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2011-02-24 22:24:44

The body is a dancer's instrument, but is it attuned to the mind? A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that professional ballet and modern dancers are not as emotionally in sync with their bodies as are people who regularly practice meditation. UC Berkeley researchers tracked how closely the emotions of seasoned meditators and professional dancers followed bodily changes such as breathing and heart rates. They found that dancers who devote enormous time and effort...

2009-05-25 16:58:21

Push-ups may lead to a better body, but meditation may lead to a better brain, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, said. The researchers used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of people who meditate. The study, published in the journal NeuroImage, found certain regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger than in a control group. We know that people who consistently meditate have a singular ability to cultivate positive...

2008-09-05 15:00:31

SURRY - The Center for Studying Mindfulness will hold the following workshops in September: . "Monday Night Drop-In: Exploring Meditation for Everyday Life," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 22 through Dec. 16. Contact before attending. . "Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction" (eight Thursday sessions) begins 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. . "Friday Night Couples Connecting," 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 14. . "Mothers Connecting with Their Babies," 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept....

2008-08-11 21:00:13

By HILARY MATHESON PECATONICA - Behind black entrance gates are buildings and artesian wells, an oasis in an expanse of farmland. The 20-acre grounds of the Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center are quiet except for birds and whispering winds. The center opened in 2003 and offers 10-day classes throughout the year. Five years later, the courses often are filled with more than 40 people. Classes are open to everyone, and harmony and peace are the goals achieved through breathing techniques...


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