Sundays at 11am

with Paula Huffman

An awareness of our moment to moment experience is the foundation of all mindfulness practices and accepting whatever is present, without judgement or evaluation. While all yoga poses are intended to be practiced with awareness, this class will focus intentionally on the aspect of awareness while moving through the postures. We will pay attention to how we experience the poses in our body, incorporating awareness of physical sensations, thoughts and feelings that arise during the yoga experience, and will begin each class with a brief meditation that leads followed by a mindfulness meditation practice. This class is open to everyone regardless of experience in yoga or meditation. Poses will be presented with the opportunity for moving into your own personal level of practice be it beginner or long time practitioner. Chairs will be available for those who are not comfortable practicing seated meditation on the floor.

Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT, Mindful Instructor, started practicing yoga in the mid 70’s. She now has a committed personal yoga and meditation practice that has evolved since that time. Combining her life’s work experience in the health care field with her yoga teaching, Paula’s focus is on the healing and restorative aspects of yoga through the development of both physical and spiritual awareness. Her style of teaching encourages a quiet, gentle, reflective approach to asana with the belief that yoga can be adapted to meet students needs regardless of any limitations they may be experiencing.  Paula is also perinatal educator and teaches prenatal and postpartum yoga, mommy baby yoga, couples yoga in pregnancy, prepared childbirth classes and is trained as a doula. She studied with Jon Kabat Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Mass, and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Pain Management Classes at the UNC School of Medicine’s Program on Integrative Medicine. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2001 and has specialty certifications in Restorative Yoga, Perinatal Fitness, and Prepared Childbirth Education.

"Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention,

on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally"."

John Kabat Zinn