Meditation Classes Fort Smith AR

Local resource for meditation classes in Fort Smith, AR. Includes detailed information on local yoga studios and meditation centers that give access to meditation instructors who guide students in conscious breathing and other meditation techniques, such as sitting meditation, walking meditation, concentrative meditation, mindfulness meditation, and meditation.

Marvin Altman Fitness Center
(479) 441-5469
810 Lexington Ave. PO Box 17006
Fort Smith, AR
 
Nurture Day Spa and Yoga Studio
(501) 627-4823
117 Trivista R.
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Yoga Styles
Hatha

Yoga Teacher
(901) 240-1133
216 Catalpa Drive
Marion, AR
Yoga Styles
Iyengar Yoga

Arkansas Yoga Center
(479) 521-9642
1949 Green Acres Road
Fayetteville, AR
Yoga Styles
VariYogaTM

Whitehaven Yoga Retreat
(501) 865-6881
283 Beechtree Rd.
Amity, AR
Yoga Styles
Ashtanga yoga in the Siddha Tradition

Wat Buddhasamakeedham
(479) 782-0126
4625 Armour Avenue
Fort Smith, AR
Specialty
Theravada Buddhist

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Marvin Altman Fitness Center
(479) 441-5469
810 Lexington Ave. PO Box 17006
Fort Smith, AR
 
Gentle Therapeutic Yoga by Anastasia Gilliam
PO Box 102
Yellville, AR
Yoga Styles
Gentle Integral Hatha Yoga

Ozark Yoga Center
(870) 391-2297
1881 May Lane.
Harrison, AR
Yoga Styles
Integrative Yoga Therapy; Kripalu Yoga

Ozark Yoga and Tai Chi
(479) 685-7240
56 Pimlico Drive
Bella Vista, AR
Yoga Styles
Anusara Inspired & Hatha

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Lift Depression With Meditation

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By Ziba Kashef

With summer coming to a close and shorter, darker days ahead, you might be wondering how to cope with the negative thoughts that often accompany the season’s change and can lead to depression. A recent study found that age-old meditative techniques and more modern cognitive therapy can help alleviate symptoms. Anil Coumar, a psychotherapist and director of the mental health clinic at the University of Washington, Seattle, offers these do-it-yourself mood-lifting meditations:

Get moving. For many people, meditation is a remote, Eastern technique that involves sitting with your legs crossed on a cushion. But almost any activity can be mindful and healing, says Coumar. “Through a practice of mindfulness, we can see how our thoughts are not facts—they come and go.” To slow down your thinking and realize that you can release negative thoughts as quickly as they come, try this eating meditation: Hold a raisin in your hand and intentionally look at it as if you’ve never seen one before. Roll it between your fingers and notice each crease. Pay attention to your thoughts about it—maybe you’ll think, This is ugly or I’ve never noticed the true color of a raisin before. Then put it in your mouth and observe how your saliva flows as you chew.

Uncover your unconscious. Imagine you’re walking down the street and see a good friend walking in the opposite direction. You nod and smile, but your pal just looks ahead and keeps going. How do you respond? “Someone might say, ‘Oh, she probably didn’t see me.’ Another might think, ‘What did I do wrong now?’ Depending on how you interpret that event, you’re going to feel good or bad,” says Coumar. This kind of cognitive exercise can teach us how we unconsciously have these thoughts. The point? To make the normally unconscious thoughts that fuel depression conscious so you can acknowledge them—and then more easily let them go. —Ziba Kashef

Author: Ziba Kashef

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