Mindful Movement

Movement is an accessible way for practitioners to cultivate mindfulness and connecting with the body is an essential skill for mindful living. The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is fortunate to have a community of mindfulness teachers who are also registered yoga teachers, movement coaches and/or have experience and training in teaching movement practices such as Nia, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and various martial arts.

Exploring Mindful Movement and Embodiment with the Nia Technique

A 4-Class mini-series with Licensed Nia Technique Instructor, yoga instructor, & Clinical Social Worker, Sydney Spears, Ph.D., LSCSW. The Nia Technique is a sensorimotor body-mind group experience which combines mindfulness, body awareness, dance, martial arts, and yoga. Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. This mindful fusion of movement styles is a holistic practice addressing each aspect of your life—body, mind and soul.

Nia provides the opportunity to discover, explore, unleash, and enhance your individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging your senses and listening to the wisdom of your body. The Nia Technique is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each sensory movement brings mindfulness to your dance expression leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.

The movements of Nia are non-impact, typically practiced barefoot, and very adaptable to individual needs, various, ages, body sizes, fitness levels, and abilities. This unique blend allows your body to move in fun and free ways that increases your health and vitality. Through listening and moving to an eclectic mix of global music, Nia teaches you to feel at home in your body, mind, emotions and spirit and to live with joy. We all need more health, community building, and joy!

Some of the many benefits of Nia include: increase of mindfulness, greater cardiovascular health, alleviation of stress and anxiety, energy balancing, and hormonal stability. This mindful practice draws on the chemistry of nine movement forms: Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jazz, Modern Dance, Duncan Dance, Yoga, the Alexander Technique and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais®.

Upcoming Courses: (held in the Peace Pod at 11100 Ash St. Ste. 103 Leawood, KS 66211)

  • Tuesdays: October 23 & November 6, 13, & 20 6:30pm-7:30pm (Register Here)


Labyrinth Walk MEMEGuided Labyrinth Walks – A Moving Meditation

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol of wholeness, combining the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meditative path. The labyrinth also can be seen as symbolic for navigating the path of life and healing. Walking a labyrinth can provide a sense of solace and quiet a distracted mind, offering space to ponder insights, clarify intentions, and source internal wisdom. Experienced as a walking meditation, the labyrinth represents a journey to our center, reflecting on intentions, and reconnecting with ourselves and others.

Individual and group facilitated labyrinth walks are now being offered as a benefit of membership in Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness. $25 for one participant and $10 for each additional participant in a group. Walks are scheduled by appointment and locations are available across the KC metro area.  Contact Angie for more information at angie.hardage@mindfulness-alliance.org or (316) 640.1557.

Coming in 2019

Recovery Friendly Ashtanga

Recovery Friendly Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga is an ancient system of yoga in which a flowing, progressive series of postures is coordinated with breath and concentration. The Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning yoga therapy, because of the cleansing and healing effect it is meant to have on both body and mind. This class is appropriate for absolute beginners and is recovery friendly in that it:

  • Provides a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment for people in recovery
  • Rejects assumptions perpetuating stigma surrounding mental health concerns
  • Incorporates trauma sensitive practices
  • Prioritizes healing of body and mind

Upcoming Classes:
Starting January 3, 2019: Every Thursday from 5:45- 6:45 pm with Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200.

Pre-registration for each class is required – use our calendar to register for the dates you wish to attend.

FREE to MAM members. $5 per class for non-members. Participants of Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention may also participate in this class for FREE throughout the course of their 8-week series.

Check Out the Trini Foundation – a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the life-changing practice of Ashtanga yoga to those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, providing yoga as a tool to aide in the recovery process and help those who are suffering maintain long-term sobriety. http://trinifoundation.org/