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Meditate on this, Heat fans: Mindfulness Festival before Celtics game

Staff writer
Namaste! Meditate with other Heats before their game against the Celtics Dec. 18

Namaste, Miami Heat fans.

A mass meditation will take place before the tip-off of the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics game Dec. 18 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

The "Heat Nation Meditation" is part of the Mindfulness Festival & Meditation Workshop that will feature vendors, practitioners and meditation experts on game day in the Xfinity East Plaza of the arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. The festival runs from 1 p.m to 4:00 p.m. The game starts at 5 p.m.

The spiritual event will be led by Davidji, a stress management expert, and Shelly Tygielski, a South Florida meditation leader. They will conduct breathing exercises that will help people learn to still their mind while becoming energized for the game. And perhaps that will help translate into a Heat win.

Davidji, who has apprenticed under spiritual leader Deepak Chopra, was the inaugural dean of Chopra Center University in California.

Tygielski, a Lighthouse Point resident, organizes free weekly meditation sessions on Hollywood Beach that have drawn hundreds of people. She said the idea for a meditation for Heat fans came after she connected with a Heat representative who invited her to hold an event at the arena. 

"It's really centered around in getting the unlikely meditator into a neutral environment,'' said Tygielski of the Heat event.  "I am hoping to plant seeds so that people can understand the basics of mindfulness and understand the practical approach and application that it can have in their daily life, that it's doable, that it's attainable."

Meditation and sports have gone hand in hand. Whether individually or with their team, some professional and amateur athletes have practiced mindfulness to help boost their performance. The Seattle Seahawks have used meditation in their training. Remember in 2012 when LeBron James openly meditated while taking a break during a Miami Heat game? And athletes such as former Miami Heat player Shaquille O'Neal and former Los Angeles Lakers champ Kobe Bryant have also been known to meditate.

"Professional sports organizations are keenly interested in health and wellness,” said Miami HEAT President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth. “This event is one way that the Miami HEAT can help raise awareness.”

Tickets to the mindful festival are $30, which includes admission to the Heat game. The festival is open to all ages.

Tickets are available at heatnationmeditation.com.

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