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Yoga is the practice of mindfulness-embodied. Sometimes joy come about during the practice.

Mindfulness comes from an ancient Buddhist tradition that has received lots of attention in the mainstream these days. It is about awareness and even-mindedness, and has been taught in clinical, secular settings and been proved to be useful as a preventative mental health care.

It was Jon Kabat-Zinn, MIT-trained scientist who was the first to start teaching and popularizing mindfulness since 1970s through introducing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Here’s his definition of mindfulness:

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

By Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh
By Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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