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ADRI offering dancing, yoga classes

by on August 31, 2017 9:29 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Arts & Design Research Incubator is hosting "Dancing Mindfulness" and "Yoga and Meditation" workshops led by ADRI embedded researcher Elisha Clark Halpin, associate professor and associate director for instruction in the School of Theatre.

Dancing Mindfulness, being held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, and Monday, Dec. 4, is a channel for accessing mindful awareness in motion.

The class allows for work in areas of breath, sound, body, story, acceptance, awareness and flow. With attitudes of mindfulness, participants tap into their bodies' expressive potential.

Dancing Mindfulness honors the invitation to “come as you are” and move as you choose. No steps or choreography are taught. This class is open to and supportive of all levels and abilities.
The Yoga and Meditation series begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 and continues at the same time each Wednesday through Oct. 4.

Neurosculpting yoga and meditation enhances the whole brain process involved in both regular yoga and meditation. This creates an even deeper integration between more parts of your brain to prime the mind, body and spirit to unwind old patterns and create new healthy ones to support you in living life while fully present and engaged.

The restorative-focused yoga practice is sequenced mindfully with grounding pauses to incorporate the theme through breath work and visualization. Class finishes with guided meditation and is appropriate for beginners and advanced students.

As an ADRI embedded researcher, Halpin is creating an integrated system of embodied practices for healing the body, mind and spirit from stress-related disorders, drawing from modalities such as Neurosculpting Meditation, Dancing Mindfulness, somatic psychology, yoga and experiential anatomy. Through her project, "Healing Stress and Trauma Through New Approaches of Embodied Mindfulness," Halpin is working with a range of populations, including providing new techniques for movement therapists, social workers, somatic psychologists, trauma workers and the patients they treat. 

ADRI provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Arts & Design Research Incubator, 16 Borland, on the Penn State campus. All events are free and open to the public.

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