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Yoga, Mindfulness, and Being Mugged

Yoga, Mindfulness, and Being Mugged

I recently read this article in Elephant Journal by Sadie Nardini about how she used the skills she learned from her yoga practice to talk her way though a mugging and walk away relatively unscathed. Rather than panic, she pretended to take photos of the two young men who mugged her and text them to the police. The young men ran away without seriously harming her. Only her arm was hurt when one of the men pulled her purse off of her shoulder.

This article is an excellent demonstration of the profundity of yoga – and meditation, as well. Learning to be present has innumerable advantages. It allows us to fully experience the joyful moments in life. When our minds are not worrying about the future or regretting or pining for the past, we are liberated and we can show up fully for the events of our lives as they unfold.

In addition, as Nardini’s article demonstrates, mindfulness is an incredibly powerful tool that can help us weather the trying moments in life, as well. The ability to remain present and focused, rather than allowing our fearful thoughts to control our actions, can help us with issues like negative self-talk and a fear of uncertainty – and it can also help us with very immediate problems, like being mugged. Practicing mindfulness allows us to experience nearly any moment in life with more presence and awareness.


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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2:08AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Thank you :)

4:27AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012


1:01AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

I'm not sure what you mean in using mindfulness in these situations but I'm certain your intentions are good.

3:28PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012


3:19AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Good article...thanks for this info!

12:14PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Mindfulness training should be part of everyone's learning.

9:46AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Some people respond well in stressful situations, others do not. But I'd lay more blame or credit on one's overall upbringing than I would yoga.

10:05AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

I certainly agree that mindfulness is a powerful tool for helping us confront challenging moments in our lives. In fact, it can help us overcome many of the wounds from our past.

I’ve seen dramatic results from students who have used a combination of mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness writing meditation. The traumas from their past are no longer an emotional burden on them. I wish more people would follow this powerful practice, so they can put an end to their suffering and find inner peace.

Charles A. Francis
The Mindfulness Meditation Institute

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