Mindfulness Classes - Adult

Mindfulness for AdultsMindfulness meditation is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than withdrawing from the world, mindfulness can help you enjoy it more fully, effectively and peacefully.

 

Each class is a combination of practice, instruction and group discussion in a supportive environment. Our instructors have years of experience practicing and teaching mindfulness and come from professional fields that include education, medicine and mental health.

 

The mindfulness program is committed to intentionally welcoming people of all races, faiths, ethnic backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientations. Financial assistance is available upon request.

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

This course is designed to introduce Mindfulness meditation practice as a way of reducing stress, and developing greater balance, ease and fuller participation in your life. Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life including the challenges of stress, pain, illness and everyday demands. Established in 1993, this program is one of more than 250 MBSR programs worldwide.

 

The course includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching, mindful yoga, inquiry and application into experiences of daily living, group dialogue, home assignments and audio recordings.

 

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Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs)

Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) is a six-week class series developed by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. This class lays the foundation for participants to understand basic principles of mindfulness, develop a personal meditation practice, and apply the principles in their daily life.

 

Mindfulness meditation is a way of developing our attention so that we become more aware of our experience in the here and now, with clarity and kindness. With practice, we can begin to recognize when we fall into automatic pilot. We experience more choice to respond, rather than habitually react, to our own internal and external circumstances.

 

This class is offered at various times throughout the year. Check back for updates or sign up to receive the Mindfulness Program e-newsletter with updated course announcements.

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting

Begin or deepen your practice of mindfulness for supporting the profound changes in our bodies and minds during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Through mindfulness meditation, movement and group dialogue we can learn to cultivate skills for birthing, healthy living and wise parenting.

 

In this class you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge and confidence around the birth process and parenting, decrease fear of childbirth, tap into inner resources for working with pain, improve couples communication and learn about the physiology of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the newborn cycle.

 

Brown video icon Watch this video to hear from participants and instructors about the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Class

 

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Mindfulness for People of Color

Thank you for your interest in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for People of Color class. MBSR is designed to introduce mindfulness meditation practice as a way of developing greater balance, ease and fuller participation in your life. Established in 1993, this program is one of more than 250 MBSR programs worldwide.

 

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life rather than operating on "automatic pilot." Through practice you can more fully experience moments of joy and connection, and find new ways to relate to the illness, pain and stress that is part of life as well.

 

What is the class like? Our intention is to explore and deepen mindfulness practices in a community where racialized forms of stress can be identified and discussed together. It is also our hope that together we could experience how developing mindfulness can strengthen and support us as we respond to the complexities of our lives. The weekly classes include guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle yoga, group dialogue and application to experiences of daily living.

 

Who is this class for? This class is specifically offered to support those who identify as people of color/multiracial/racial minority, and who are willing to engage in the process of exploring and practicing mindfulness formally and informally. We ask that participants bring a commitment to attend weekly classes and take some time for home practice each day.

 

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Mindful Drop-In Sessions for People of Color

 

Mindfulness en Español

Se explorará cómo mindfulness puede ser un apoyo para ampliar el autoconocimiento. Descubriremos cómo estos entrenamientos promueven el encuentro con nuestra identidad. Vengan a experimentar períodos de movimiento corporal y quietud, de conciencia al comer, instantes de silencio, juegos, reflexión y conversación. El grupo hablará acerca de: ¿Qué es mindfulness? ¿Cómo puede ser beneficial para cada persona, el planeta y nuestras relaciones humanas? ¿Cómo podemos incorporar estos entrenamientos dentro de nuestras vidas ocupadas?

 

Together we will explore how mindfulness can support a deeper connection to our unique identities. Come experience a variety of movement and stillness practices, mindful eating, short silent periods, games, reflection and conversation. Throughout our time together, the group will explore such questions as: What is mindfulness? How might it be beneficial to us, our relationships, and our world? How can we incorporate these practices into our busy daily lives?

 

Registro Sé tú Latinx Mindfulness (Atención Plena) en Español

 

Mindfulness in Motion

Explore concentration, mindfulness and compassion through mindful movement. Present moment awareness, in the midst of movement, is the single most important aspect of this practice. Come ready to learn basic movement patterns which will allow you to explore breath awareness, active relaxation, postural alignment and energy flow, as we apply mindfulness principles to movement. Come away with a movement meditation that will support bringing mindfulness into daily activities and interactions.

 

This class is offered at various times throughout the year. Check back for updates or sign up to receive the Mindfulness Program e-newsletter with updated course announcements.

 

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Contemplative Photography Practice

Exploring the sense of sight can be a creative, contemplative path for living a mindful life.

 

The goal of this five-week course is to allow the sense of sight to be a support for practice by helping one pause and notice what is happening inside and out.

 

Sessions will include visual meditations and reflections followed by fun exercises that will help expand your perception and appreciation of the world around you.

  • This class is for those who have already been introduced to mindfulness, and desire to enjoy and rediscover their sense of sight in a creative way.
  • No photography experience is needed.
  • Any type of digital camera is appropriate for this class. If you do not have a camera, one will be provided for class exercises.

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This class is offered at various times throughout the year. Check back for updates or sign up to receive the Mindfulness Program e-newsletter with updated course announcements.

Mindfulness and Aging

In this class we gently begin to explore our relationship to aging. Through mindfulness practices including deep listening, gentle movement and guided sitting meditation, we can learn to befriend the changes and lighten the spirit.

 

We will be using drawing, movement, insight dialogue, guided practices such as "letting-be," and receiving and caring moment practices as ways to access information from our body/heart/mind as we explore together this opportunity to relax into aging.

 

This class is offered at various times throughout the year. Check back for updates or sign up to receive the Mindfulness Program e-newsletter with updated course announcements.

Day of Mindfulness

Registration in the Day of Mindfulness is for those who have already participated in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program.

 

Join ongoing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program participants at their Day of Mindfulness. Dress comfortably and bring a sack lunch. If you would like to use a blanket, cushion or mat, please bring one along.

 

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Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT)

MB-EAT is a 10-week training where you will learn how to:

  • Eat mindfully
  • Practice mindful meditation
  • Recognize the body's feedback systems of taste, hunger and fullness
  • Choose foods wisely for satisfaction and health

MB-EAT is designed for those looking to improve their relationship with food, lose weight and maintain weight loss or for those who struggle with compulsive or binge eating.

 

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Mindfulness Training for Smokers (MTS)

MTS is a 7-session training program designed for smokers who have tried to quit and relapsed. This type of training combines weekly meetings, an official "quit day" and training in mindfulness. With the help of MTS you will have the tools to successfully manage almost every situation that can lead you to relapse.

 

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Additional Offerings

These classes are offered at various times throughout the year. Check back for updates or request to receive the Mindfulness Program e-newsletter with updated course announcements. To request newsletter, please call (608) 265-8325.