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Community Mindfulness Resources

Mindful Yoga Resources


There are many different ways to use Yoga for wellness, many different resources in the community and on-line. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, rather it is designed to give you a sense of the playing field and how to find what you are looking for in Tucson and beyond.

*If you have had a positive or negative experience with any of these providers, or would like to recommend something new to our list, please let us know.

General Styles: These studios and practitioners have something for everyone.

Meditative & Mindful Yoga: This way of doing yoga is geared towards depth and expansion of awareness, yet is still physical

Anatomical & Detailed Styles: For those interested in learning how to do the poses safely, improving posture and alignment, and rehabilitating injuries through yoga.

Vigorous Styles: For people who like calm their mind, or are looking for an obvious fitness result, vigorous and flowing yoga practices can be good medicine.

Bikram Yoga: A particular sequence of poses taught in a heated and humidified room. Variations of this are sometimes called Hot Yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga: This is a particular sequence of poses and a specific methodology as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois.

Vinyasa Yoga: This category applies to yoga sequences that flow from pose to pose and vary in intensity. Many teachers and studios teach some form of Vinyasa Yoga.

Some Recommended Yoga Therapists in Tucson: Yoga Therapy is a growing professional field. These practitioners have a high degree of training and can work with clinicians to provide integrative care.

National Resources


Tucson Mindfulness & Meditation Resources

Secular: Present day mindfulness training programs often do stem from Buddhist meditation practices. The programs in this category will be considered secular, as they frame the practice as a learnable skill and context it within scientific and academic understandings of the mind/body connection.

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program of Tucson

www.mbsrprogram.org

We offer the 8 week MBSR program as designed by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, we also offer a variety of complementary mindfulness programs and services.

Skillfully Aware

www.skillfullyaware.com

Using science and meditation practices, Dr. Mark Pirtle shows his students how to work with triggers, and “see” clearly into the inner-workings of the mind-body

The Mindful Veterans Project

www.purple-mountaint-institute.org

Founded in 2008 by Richard Vandemark and Dr. Teri Davis to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes to veterans, active duty, reserves, national guard, and their immediate families. Programs for these populations are free thanks to philanthropic support.

Compassion Cultivation Training

www.compassioneducation.com

The purpose of Compassion Education is to provide opportunities and resources for individuals to cultivate compassion in their personal lives, schools, communities and workplaces. Aly Waibel is a certified instructor of the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training Course.

Buddhist Oriented:

Tucson Community Meditation Center

www.tucsonmeditation.com

TCMC is committed to providing a refuge and a community that nurtures and supports the teaching and continuing practice of mindfulness meditation and its application in daily life.

Insight Meditation Tucson

www.facebook.com/InsightMeditationTucson

Singing Bird Sangha

www.singingbirdsangha.org

Singing bird Sangha is a group of relaxed folks who mindfully cultivate peace and joy in every moment. We meet weekly for meditation – including sitting, walking, and singing – and for teachings and dharma discussion in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Empty Mountain Sangha

www.emptymountainsangha.com

Empty Mountain Sangha is a consensually organized, open community, under the practice direction of Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio, the Guiding Teacher and founder.

Zen Desert Sangha

www.zendesertsangha.org

Zen Desert Sangha is a lay Buddhist meditation group affiliated with the Diamond Sangha. Anyone is welcome to join us for meditation at any of the scheduled times.

Shambhala Meditation Center

www.tucson.shambhala.org

The vision of Shambhala is that a gentle and dignified life based on meditative understanding is accessible to everyone, and can blossom into enlightened society.

Pathless Path

http://www.desertrenewal.org/…/pathless_path

Pathless Path is a wonderful expression of Interfaith spirituality. Inspired by Father Pat Hawk Roshi, the Pathless Path meditation center is part of the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson and offers weekly and periodic programs for those wishing to explore contemplative practice.

Kadampa Meditation Center

http://meditationintucson.org/

This Center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition- International Kadampa Union. This is a Mahayana Buddhist tradition…NKT is an association of study and meditation centers dedicated to helping people everywhere find meaning and purpose in their lives, and to the developing of genuine inner peace and happiness.

Other:

The Institute for Applied Meditation

www.appliedmeditation.org

IAM develops and applies Heart Rhythm meditation to integrate physical, emotional, and spiritual life.

Clear Sky Sangha

www.clearskysangha.com

Clear Sky Sangha is an ongoing group devoted the teachings and practice of Self-Realization and its embodiment in daily life. We emphasize the four supports: Teachers, Teachings, Community and Practice.

National Resources for Mindfulness

Mindful Magazine

http://mindful.org/

Mindful is an initiative that celebrates being mindful in all aspects of daily living–through Mindful magazine, mindful.org and social media.

The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society

www.umassmed.edu/cfm

The Center for Mindfullness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is a visionary force and global leader in mind-body medicine. For thirty-four years, we have pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based approaches in mainstream medicine and healthcare through patient care, research, academic medical and professional education, and into the broader society through diverse outreach and public service initiatives.

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

http://marc.ucla.edu/

MARC’s mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

http://www.contemplativemind.org

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society transforms higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative/introspective practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society.

Greater Good Science Center

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Mind Life Institute

http://www.mindandlife.org/

For the past 30 years, the Mind and Life institute has pioneered the field of contemplative science. In pairing the oldest wisdom traditions with cutting-edge scientific research, contemplative science uncovers groundbreaking and holistic insights into the human mind and condition. These insights represent some of the most important breakthroughs of our time. Mind and Life’s work operates in an array of rigorous fields–neuroscience, psychology, education, medicine, ethics, religion, the humanities–and is always guided by the Institute’s larger mandate to alleviate suffering, cultivate kindness and compassion, and advance human flourishing.