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The Joy of Movement

with Kelly McGonigal, PhD

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What you'll learn

  • Understand the differences between self-focused joy, collective joy, and empathic joy — and how these differ from “happiness”
  • Explore how joy is an essential resource for sustainable social change
  • Be led in Kelly’s “Joy Moves,”  a series of easy to do researched-based physical movements designed to activate joy in your nervous system, emotions and mind.

About the speakers

Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct, and The Upside of Stress. Her latest book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

Shankari Goldstein

Shankari is a 500 hour Yoga teacher, activist, artist, farmer, and is currently studying herbalism. Her passions for unconventional and regenerative farming include growing medicinal herbs, cultivating contemplative green spaces for healing, and managing over 100 animals on over 200 acres. She also works with the Mind & Life Institute developing programming and content. Her current projects include the webinar series Inspiring Minds and The State of Union Yoga Address, which featured community activists, researchers, and contemplative practitioners. She has interviewed such thought leaders as Ruth King, John Kabat-Zinn, Rhonda Magee, Amishi Jha, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Elissa Epel, Jack Kornfield, DJ Drez, Marti Nikko, Richard Freeman, Reggie Hubbard, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Faith Hunter, Dianne Bondy, Sharon Salzberg, and Dr. Gail Parker. From 2016 – 2020 she was the director of Shensara Yoga and Music festival. She has also hosted events featuring world class speakers in dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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  • The Joy of Movement: Enjoyed Kelly’s talk. Some useful nuggets! However, I thought it was about physical movement.

  • To feel joy and difficulty simultaneously was a new experience just now. It somehow made the joy so genuine and sweet.Thank you Kelly. And Shankar, thank you for making it possible to experience this session as a conversation.

  • Joy is an energy a very positive energy almost tangible which heal us always thanks for this beautiful sessions

  • I have been practicing Five Rhythms dance meditation throughout the pandemic, which has kept me grounded and sane. I think dance is a great way to be in the body and get out of the head. I am now very curious to read Kelley’s books. Thank you for this conversation.

  • I so recommend to do all the joy moves to the song I’m Happy by Pharrell Williams. It is pure joy. Love the energy of Kelly and Shankari.

  • Can’t wait to try Joy Moves in my classroom of grade 2 and 3 children as part of our exploration into developing well being! Thank you for sharing this seed of positivity.

  • Great talk! I’d love to read the research Kelly mentions regarding empathy as the single trait that predicts the “first person on the dance floor”. Thank you!!!

    • Lena be sure to check her website for more details and you can probably catch her on Instagram in her comments section too.

  • Thank you so much ! To me the app or video from the game “Just Dance” is helpful cause I’m not used to dance

  • Really loved the point Kelly makes at the end re the question of feeling guilt if you want to choose joy. As she says, how can we expect to help others find joy in their lives if we make rules that don’t allow us to do that for ourselves. Yes indeed, trust what you love! Trust love.

  • My heart is filled with joy from having experienced this conversation. All the concepts resonate so powerfully for me–and the joy movement exercises are so very wonderful==thank you so much! I am quite ill right now and movement is not easy for me. However, I followed along as best I could making small movements and bounces and sways. I even did small poses and “threw some confetti!” It really helped!! Thank you *so* much!!

  • Thank you for this presentation. I have started doing Qigong every morning at sunrise and have had spectacular results with how I am experiencing my day today activities. I mean it’s day and night and watching this presentation I thought wow for 45 minutes I’m doing joy moves. I’m bouncing for 5 minutes reaching and making big space tapping to beats smiling reaching to the sky opening my arms wide. Smiling! Thank you for sharing this information. For some people they can’t participate in an experience that they don’t think is validated. I think sharing this information gets people to feel comfortable that they can buy into different activities and be open to getting those positive results.

  • Wonderful conversation! You two really embody joy. So many great tips to take away. I specially like the idea of “sustainable energy.” Thank you!

  • Love this! Joy almost always involves movement for me. Do you know Let Your Yoga Sanxe with positive psychologist Megha? It’s something special!

  • Great to ‘do Joy’. Important to understand that our thoughts and moods are connected to our physical bodies, and I feel that in modern we don’t move enough.

  • I got joy from watching Kelly’s joy of seeing Shankari so much enjoying doing Kelly’s dance moves which made me want to do the joy moves too – which brought me more joy!
    you both walked the talk: emphatic joy, collective joy, joy from moving
    thank you both so much – you embodied and made real the great ideas from this great forum Kelly’s wisdom and generosity; Shankari’s genuineness, openness and warmth

  • Made HUGE difference in my life, Kelly!!! Used it today at McDonalds to celebrate new choc soft-serve ice cream… felt soooo good! I was neaar euphoria!

  • Lovely exercise and so easy to bring in to our lives Take up space, Throw confetti Sway Shaking yes they all resonate with creative dance that I normally attend Trust what you love YEEEEEES

  • Que delícia de conversa… Essa partilha de experiências , sensações e emoções foi maravilhosa. Me vi dançando e cantarolando com muita leveza e alegria. Uau… pequenos gestos…. grandes intenções. Ah quanta amorosidade e partilha do amor genuíno e coletivo. Gratidão!!! Gratidão!!!

  • Kelly,
    I am constantly meeting people in “it’s a small world” situations. I wondered, when starting to listen to your presentation, if Jane was related to you. She was the Keynote speaker at a college counselor national conference that I attended 12-15 years ago. I love the enthusiasm and joy that both you and Jane bring to your fields of expertise! What are the chances that I would hear both of you speak under such different circumstances? It brings me joy to realize that our world really is small!

  • I am first one up often at live music concerts or at kareoke dancing. I live in Vancouver BC Canada 🇨🇦

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