Kelly McGonigal, PhD

The Joy of Movement: Mindfulness in Action

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What You'll Learn

  • Discover how mindfulness and movement can change your physiology to encourage compassion, connection, and courage

  • Learn how movement functions as a metaphor for life experiences, and brings our mindfulness into action

  • Learn about the practices that help you to cultivate qualities of joy and strength for showing up in each day

About Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. Her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she helped create Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, a program now taught around the world that helps individuals strengthen their empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. You might know her from her TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," which is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, with over 20 million views.

Her new book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. You can learn more about Dr. McGonigal and her work at her website.

About Kaleigh Isaacs

Kaleigh Isaacs is the Founder of The Awake Network. She’s an inspired leader, remarkable collaborator, and spontaneous dancer. She sees connections everywhere, and it was this vision on which The Awake Network was founded. That we are stronger together is a motto that goes without saying for her.

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  1. Elzbieta March 24, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I have really enjoy your offerings. They are refreshing and rather inspiring. Thank you.

  2. Philippa March 24, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you both so much Kaleigh and Kelly – in these uncertain times it has been a joy to be able to listen to your wisdom and that of the other presenters. Loved the discussion of the heartfelt sense of courage, just what I need right now!.

  3. Raji Malayamchath March 24, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Really enjoyed the session..Thank you so much ..

  4. Jane Shockley March 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful presentation. Wish I could join you in a movement class!

  5. Lori March 24, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Ms. Kelly McGonigal. I really enjoyed all your portions in this summit. By far the best speaker there. Thank you.

  6. Christy Rice March 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve listened to this interview three times! It helps to affirm that even though I’m a yoga teacher, mindfulness practitioner, and meditator that there’s a reason and purpose as to why I enjoy teaching and participating in other higher intensity modalities (that may include the occasional flipping of tires as well). Every moment — whether holding a gentle yin pose or pushing your heart rate past your AT — is an opportunity to connect to a deeper sense of power and deeper sense of wonder about this thing we call “life.” I try to connect these dots for students and participants as well. I’m so humbly grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow. Thank you!

  7. Elzbieta March 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing your practices through this Mindful Living Summit. They have a big potential to expend mindful meditation and all positive consequences for growing. The Summit stands on this side, although, as possibly expected, not all segments could “speak” in convincing way. It was a great opportunity to look further .

  8. Cristina March 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Love the final note.thank you so much.

  9. Misia March 24, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you for all the videos and inspiration!

  10. Vivian March 24, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Thank you for our insights. I feel exercise (movement) is very important for my overall wellbeing.

  11. Padma March 23, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks to Kaleigh for those insightful questions and summarizing these amazing mindfulness practices for us.🤗
    Thak you Kelly for leading us through the mindfulness practices everyday and giving us some practical tools to take away from this summit. I love the visualization of a snow globe. Thank You!!🙏

  12. Padma March 23, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Thank to kaleigh for those insightful questions and 8summarising thses amazing mindfulness practices for us.🤗
    Thak you Kelly for leading us through the mindfulness practices everyday and giving us some practical tools to take away from this summit. I love the visualization of a snow globe. Thank You!!

  13. Faye March 23, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you again for another great presentation.

  14. Diane Ryan March 23, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you, Kelly. I loved the sense of liveliness and joy that inspired your talk today and in each of your meditations throughout these three wonderful days.

  15. Victoria Manglano Bosch March 23, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Dear Kelly and Kaleigh, I really enjoyed this presentation, everything to do with movement and metaphors. Would love to have experience a Dancing Practice with Kelly, is there a resource like that available? Many thanks from Spain.

    • Gustavo Wong March 25, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Explore Nia (Nia class o Nia dance) subiéndose a la YouTube, si no lo conoce. ¡Saludos desde California!

  16. Guy Sferlazza March 22, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Kaleigh! Great job!

    Brilliant Kelly as always!

    • Gustavo Wong March 25, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you for the fascinating discussion. I appreciate the discussion on handling pressure mindfully, not necessarily retreating but that it is good to take a pause/ get support.

      When discussing exercise, i often remind people to listen to their own bodies, to exercise at their own level, to keep in mind that the experience can be challenging (causing some mild discomfort) but it should never be painful (causing potential injury).

      The vibrant energy from Dr. McGonigal is inspirational, it reminds me of the exercise called the Nia technique.

  17. Eugene Golebiewski March 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for another fine presentation.

  18. Hana Galperin March 22, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Today I tried several times to watch different videos but always got an error message. I guess there are many trying some succeed and some like do not.

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