Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment, including non-judgmental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimuli as they arise, with an attitude of openness and acceptance. Mindfulness practice includes development of attention control and awareness in everyday activities, as well as processes in the mind and the body. Dance movement therapy, a form of psychotherapy that celebrates body-mind connectivity, can be viewed and practiced through a mindfulness perspective. This means that the therapeutic space is created where the processes in the body and mind are gradually explored in a sensitive, open, kind and accepting atmosphere. The lecture will reflect upon aspects which are common for both mindfulness practice and dance movement therapy, and explore ways in which a mindfulness-based dance movement therapy approach can be applied to different patient groups. Research results and work experience of using this approach with patients with obesity and emotional eating will be discussed.
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Indra Majore-Dusele is lecturer at Riga Stradins University, Latvia, and supervisor of the University’s Arts Therapy programme. She has authored several publications on arts therapies and her main research interest is mindfulness aspects in dance movement therapy and other helping professions.