Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being

Mindful Movements: Mindfulness Exercises Developed by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Sangha

Written by Thich Nhat Hanh, Mindful Movements became so popular, the ten exercises are now an integral part of his retreats. The exercises are based on both yoga and tai chi movements, creating simple yet effective exercises that can reduce mental, physical, and emotional stress.

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They can be done to prepare for sitting meditation, during a break at home, at work, or at any time a bit of refreshment is needed for mind and body. The exercises are an easy way to get acquainted with mindfulness for those new to meditation, as well as a welcome break for current practitioners. It is suggested that each movement should be carried out three times before proceeding to the next. Body movements should be flowing and graceful, done slowly and mindfully. Each movement is coordinated with the breath.

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Each movement allows us to practice sensitivity and awareness to the body, the breath, and the interconnectedness between our body, our breathing and our mind. Each exercise is fully illustrated by Wietske Vriezen, a Dutch artist and movement teacher. The print version of the book includes a minute DVD featuring Thich Nhat Hanh and members of his Plum Village Sangha a devotional group demonstrating the ten mindful movements.

Mindful Movement 1 Stand upright with feet slightly apart facing forward. On the in- breath raise both arms so that they are horizontal, hands loose and palms facing downward.

Mindful Movements – Ten Exercises for Well-Being by Thich Nhat Hanh

Do what you can. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Awakening Joy is more than just another book about happiness. Become a Friend of Parallax. The "mindfulness movements" that are the centre of this book are great low-stress exercises and definitely made me feel better when I was a little stressed. Stretch the body without the feet leaving the ground. From this book, I have been reminded that life is a path — a journey — not a destination.

On the out-breath lower both arms to your side. Mindful Movement 2 Start as in Movement 1 with palms facing inwards. On the in-breath raise hands above the head keeping the arms straight to make a semi- circle in front of the body. Stretch the body without the feet leaving the ground.

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I just found them to be a great way to really wake up into the body, to quiet the mind, and start the day. Feb 26, Skathi rated it really liked it. Love this cute little thing! And the ten mindful movements! Just tried them after a crazy day, coming home exhausted and stressed out. Instead of collapsing on the couch with a thousand thougts whirling in my head I put on the dvd, did the program and felt grounded, calm and more like myself afterwards.

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The movements are lovely actually, feels good and does good: Jan 16, C. I really enjoyed this book. Although I practice yoga, I don't always have the time I would like, and this is a nice way to still check out and check in with myself. It has also proven a great way to engage my children. My toddler is especially willing to engage in the process with me, which is enjoyable for both of us.

My son is a little more resistant, being 9, but he's capable of doing all of the poses, and when he's in the mood, it's a good way to relax together. The book is highly accessible I really enjoyed this book.

The book is highly accessible, with nice illustrations and explanations, and the entire exercise does not take long. The DVD is nice but has lots of padding, and you may need to skip over a great deal. I find the DVD to be more distracting actually. That said, if you're looking for a good DVD to do with kids, I would recommend this one: Thank you, Plum Village.

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This is a reprint with DVD! I can't do a lot of yoga poses without fear of dislocating a hip or two, but these are fairly simple and gentle, so I think I'll be cool. As long as I don't have to cross my legs, which is now forbidden. A wonderful little book! This would be an excellent and thoughtful gift. Feb 21, Joe rated it liked it. The illustrations are wonderful - very inclusive and welcoming. I'm hoping the book will be a great addition to my classroom library - the book as a whole is very kid-friendly.

Will try the DVD with students soon. Jan 15, Nickie rated it liked it.


I'll use this book and it's movements along with the dvd for teaching children and adults. Another way to bring attention to the body and mind and preparing for yoga and meditation. Not really calibrated to the kind of exercise I like. It's a little too quiet.

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That's probably the point. Good for kids though. Good reminder to live a mindful life. Dec 04, Ame is currently reading it. Great ideas for movement practice with children or older folks. I may do some of these with my students during our "brain breaks. I enjoyed the exercises. Wenders rated it really liked it Jul 11, Shireen Kathryn rated it really liked it Jun 29, Julie Rodgers rated it it was amazing Jun 13, Hollie rated it really liked it Jan 01,