MBSR is a program that helps you learn to calm your mind and body to help you cope with illness, pain, and stress. MBSR teaches "mindfulness," which is a focus only on things happening in the present moment. Mindfulness is not a time to "zone out" or "space out" but is rather a time to purposefully pay attention and be aware of your surroundings, your emotions, your thoughts, and how your body feels. For example, you may sit quietly and notice your emotions. You might focus only on the sounds around you or how your food tastes and smells. When you are mindful, you do just one thing and you pay close attention to that one thing.
Another important part of mindfulness is to not judge the present moment. This is because judgments may lead you to dwell on (or "get stuck" thinking about) unwanted situations, feelings, or thoughts. And dwelling on the past does not help you accept or solve problems. It just brings you down.
By training your mind to focus only on the present, you learn not to get lost in regrets from the past or worries about the future. Letting go of such thoughts may help you worry less and accept things as they are. Mindfulness teaches you to be in control of your mind so that your mind doesn't control you.
In the class, you will learn about the modern neuroscience behind stress and the mind/body/brain connection. You will be introduced to ancient mindfulness practices and strategies. We will define stress as anything that causes excessive strain in life. We will explain how stress effects our bodies and how our bodies, minds and brains react when under stress. You will learn basic formal and informal mindfulness strategies that you can use in your daily life.
This class recommended as
a pre-requisite to all other classes.
In the this class, you will learn easy, powerful practices that allow you to change your behaviors around the way you eat and think of food. You will learn how to overcome food cravings, addictive eating, binge eating and other unhealthy issues. We will demonstrate the power in using body cues to guide decisions around food without guilt and overeating. This benefits us and helps us to replace self-criticism with self-nurturing and self-kindness.
Learn to eat what you
love and love what you eat!
This one hour class will introduce you to the basic mindful movements based on ancient Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong. This class is different from most yoga classes in that the emphasis here is on the awareness of the movements and stretches as opposed to strict posture and pose positions. The focus of this class is on the spine and flexibility, our ability to control our breathing, gently move our bodies and increase body tone.
This class can be adapted to any yoga level and is appropriate for both beginners and experienced yoga enthusiasts.
Standing and walking meditations are ideal for busy people. These two meditations can be done anywhere and within any time frames. You will learn how to use only your body and the space you are in as a tool to create mindful moments throughout the busy day and how to stand and walk with mindful attention.
These meditations can help relieve stress when incorporated throughout the day.
In this class, you will learn how to use breath as the primary object of awareness which allows you to be immersed in the present moment. Typically, the majority of your thoughts take you into the future or the past. so this is where you spend most of your life. In essence, you miss the present moment entirely. You will learn how to manage anxiety and stress through your breath.
Increased blood flow improves, your mood is elevated and endorphins flood your brain.
This class will introduce you to how loving-kindness and compassion meditation can bring a deep, heart-felt connection between you, your own life and others. This meditation focuses on developing feelings of goodwill and well-being towards yourself and others. Through practice of this meditation, you will learn to break down barriers that separate you from others.
Free yourself from trust issues and unlock the loving potential that resides within you.
This type of meditation allows attention to go wherever it is drawn. The focus is on the full acceptance of the present moment. Many meditations focus on the breath or an object while this form of meditation teaches you to accept thoughts as they arise and let go of them when appropriate.
This is considered an advanced form of meditation and previous meditation experience is recommended.
The Body Scan is a signature Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation. We teach you to bring awareness to your body parts, sensations, thoughts and emotions. This meditation is done with no judgement, just your attention, and shifts you from the mode of doing to simply being.
Gain a sense of peace, reduce stress, calm anxiety,
and discover self-awareness.
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