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    Macalester College
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College Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

THDA 250 - Experiential Anatomy and the Mind Body Connection

Through reading, writing, research, hands-on exercises, and structured movement activities, this course will explore the body’s design and function, focusing on the skeletal, muscle, nervous, and respiratory systems. We will use yoga postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama) as tools to cultivate direct knowledge of anatomy and alignment. This course is designed to integrate scientific models of anatomy and one’s lived experience of body and movement. We will investigate the relationship between body and mind, beginning with the question of how the body and mind are defined and understood. Along with recent scholarly research, we will use mindfulness meditation (calm, precise attention) as a means to study thought, feeling, sensation, perception, and consciousness and how they interrelate. Every spring. (4 Credits)