The Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality at Indiana State University will present a series of programs on meditation and yoga this Thursday through Saturday.
The series will offer an overview and understanding of the research base for meditation as a powerful therapeutic and self-development tool and an opportunity to practice well-established approaches to meditation and yoga.
Jim Carson, a clinical psychologist at Duke University, and his wife Kimberly Carson, a health educator specializing in the therapeutic application of yoga and mindfulness, will present the programs.
The Carsons are master teachers of meditation and yoga and have taught for more than 20 years in the U.S., Europe and Asia. They have committed their personal and professional lives to scientifically applying Eastern traditions of meditation and yoga to contemporary challenges. They designed the first studies of mindfulness meditation with couples, and of loving kindness meditation with medical patients.
Four programs will be presented:
- Thursday, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Landsbaum Center for Health Education, 1433 N. 6 1/2 Street, "Meditation & Yoga: What are They?" - A free introductory lecture geared to the general public and medical professionals.
- Friday, 9:30 a.m. - noon, ISU Cunningham Memorial Library, Room 028, "Meditation & Yoga: What are the Scientists Saying?" - Directed to the academic community, this session will review yoga and meditation research studies, focusing especially on studies of mindfulness with couples, loving kindness with low back pain patients, and yoga with at-risk groups. It will also include a brief experience of meditation and yoga.
- Friday, 6:30 - 9 p.m., Cunningham Library, Room 028, "Meditation & Yoga: Is It for Me?" - An introduction to meditation, consisting of 1 1/2 hours of guided yoga and meditation practice, followed by questions and answers. $10 fee.
- Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Cunningham Library, Room 028, "Meditation & Yoga: A Full Day Immersion" - A full day retreat, spent mostly in silent guided practice. $55 fee, lunch included, $60 to attend both Friday and Saturday.