Sander Yoga Therapy

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Deep Occupational Therapy for mood and movement.

reasoned and uncluttered.

Mindfulness, a technique, an energy


Mindfulness is the energy and process used to study the object of your attention, learning about its’ true nature. This energy/inquiry can be applied to thoughts, behaviors, or any phenomenon.

We use this technique to gain practical wisdom which should lead to increased peace of mind. We see, exposing ourselves to various challenging facets of reality: thoughts, reactions, situations, and then work to dismantle harmful emotions. Addressing habits/emotions such as fear, hatred, and alienation during mindfulness practices, we also embrace life-expanding scenarios.

Mindfulness is different than transcending meditation. Transcending meditation leads you to a very deep source of rest with limited concern for the mantra or focal point or for facing harsh realities. This experience of stillness is necessary for a full life. Be still and know that I am…Transcending meditation supports and facilitates mindfulness practices.

Mindfulness can confront the thoughts and situations which create sorrow, fear, and various other pain producing attachments. This technique works by “transforming” negative thinking and behavior by simply facing, and challenging our responses to these realities, while facilitating appreciation of life and the growth of faith, purpose, and compassion.

We should all work with mindfulness practices, questioning our opinions/feelings, even casually throughout the day or with a powerful more structured program. We all hold remnants and drives which promote unskilled, and painful living. 

The introspection facilitated by some methods of mindfulness is essential and the practices reinforce life-enhancing thoughts, emotions, and skillful actions especially where they are needed.

Mindfulness Exercises

A basic form.

A period of relaxed breathing with awareness of the in-breath and the out-breath.

Add an uplifting/reality-enhancing phrase for each inhale and exhale (as you let the message sink)… Repeat as appropriate.

Include-a small knowing smile on exhale (or throughout). This smile may occur naturally. It facilitates acceptance and peace.

(When group leaders perform a guided-type meditation, they could repeat a key word of the phrase during the in-breath and out-breath.)

(Upon completion, one might ask practitioners if they would like to describe sensations and thoughts that occurred with the in-breath, and the out breath).

Realize that some traditional practices include disturbing images (although realistic) which may help the client integrate similar situations. Do not facilitate this type of mindfulness without further training.

(Mindfulness practices vary widely and include practices that analyze/categorize naturally occurring thoughts, or describe activities you are performing at the time/the present. Clients’ descriptions of the steps they are performing during ADL, has been used as a basis for many exercises.)


Training by an experienced meditation leader is recommended. When appropriate, a client could have input in writing their own health enhancing phrases. It should be uplifting and keep them in the present.

Mindfulness Meditation begins                                                             

Breathing in, I am aware of my body and mind

Breathing out, I smile to my body and mind


Breathing in, I am drawn to helping others

Breathing out, I smile to my future


Breathing in, I am know I am breathing in

Breathing out, I rest deeper and smile.


Walking Mindfulness Meditation

step and inhale;

step and exhale

(with light smile).