Mindfulness Through Contemplative Practices Program – NEW
Mindfulness through Contemplative Practices emphasizes an integrated approach to mindfulness, drawing from a variety of traditions, to understand and apply a more contemplative approach to life.
Contemplative Practice enables a state of calm centeredness which improves focus, reduces stress, quiets the “monkey mind,” heightens creativity, fosters a non-judgmental approach to thoughts and emotions, and aids in developing deeper concentration.
Through theory and practice of Meditation, Yoga, and Qigong, students will enhance the practice of being present through awareness of breath and movement. Practical insights into applying the teachings of The Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras into our contemporary lives will be explored.
The courses are designed to increase attentiveness, help create positive emotions, gain clarity and self-awareness; all unleashing creativity and cultivating wisdom that comes from developing mindfulness.
MINDFULNESS & VISUALIZATION FOR HEALTH, HEALING AND STRESS REDUCTION
Class participants will be introduced to the concept of “mindfulness“ and mindful methods for avoiding, reducing or managing perceived stress. The overarching agenda of these practices is to soothe and quiet the body and nervous system while cultivating present moment awareness. During our four-week program participants will use these techniques designed to aid in the avoidance of experiencing chronic stress in their daily lives and in the workplace. Stress management strategies presented will include both mentally energized and low impact physical wellness techniques. This unique course will introduce participants to the causes of stress, techniques to recognize how one experiences stress, and methods for avoiding, reducing, or managing perceived stress. Through practice one can become more confident, self-assured and at ease.
SATURDAYS | AUDE CARDONA
SEPT 22-NOV 17 | 2-4 PM
8 SESSIONS | 2.4 CE $500
Philosophical Teachings of India
Key Sutras in the first and second chapters of Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras will be the focus of our study. The real work of the Yoga Sutras is in the understanding and learning of the Authentic Self.
The first 2weeks, the focus will be on Yoga philosophy and the goals and effects of yoga which are detailed in the first chapter. The second chapter of the Sutras is concerned with the practice of Yoga and how to achieve the goal of a restrained and stable mind. Several texts will be used and students will be asked to write a short weekly summary of the Sutras covered in the previous week and how it applies to their daily life. The Sutras exist for one reason, to help the meditator in their spiritual journey of re-connection (yoga).
TUESDAYS | ROBIN SIMMONDS
OCT 2-NOV 20 | 6:30-8:30 PM
8 SESSIONS | 2.4 CE $500
Join an introduction to the study and practice of the main styles and common threads of meditation. Learn tools to train the mind’s attention in ever increasing mindful awareness of your inner and outer world, as a way to expand your ability to make optimal choices in every moment. Meditation is an effective mind-body practice that supports mental, emotional, and physical balance through alignment, as well as fosters a sense of inner calm. Topics will range from the scientifically recognized benefits of meditation, to its applications for creativity and sustainability.
SATURDAYS | JOELLE DANANT
SEPT 22-DEC 1 | 2-4 PM ( SKIP OCT 13)
8 SESSIONS | 2.4 CEUs | $500