“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” — Maya Angelou
Day Long Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat:
Soothing the Anxious Mind
Sunday, April 22nd, 9:30 – 3:30
In anticipation of the warmer spring weather, I am eager to reopen the ashram and invite you to enjoy a day of practice at my home studio.
In this day-long retreat, we will enjoy indoor and outdoor yoga and mindfulness meditation, as well as a mindful hike in the Chabot Regional Park. We will also share a delicious al fresco lunch together.
The theme of this retreat is Soothing the Anxious Mind. You’ll have a chance to unplug from your digital life and from other things on your mental plate, in order to nurture yourself in the serenity of the here and now. Research shows that simply being present with what you are doing in the moment is great at reducing stress and anxiety. You’ll get a chance to practice the skill of present-moment awareness.
This retreat is open to all of my students and their friends, though a limited number of spaces is available.
Come rest and rejuvenate your mind and body amidst the company of like-minded friends and give yourself the gift of mindfulness.
Cost: Donation-Based (dana).
Location: The Opener Studio: 12 Shetland Ct., Oakland.
To Register: Email Domonick with your name and number.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
“You either move toward something you love or away from something you fear. The first expands. The second constricts.”–Tom Crum
8 Wednesdays, April 18th – June 6th, 7:30-9:30pm, Namaste Yoga Rockridge
Afternoon Retreat, Saturday June 2nd, 12:00-4:30
Mindfulness involves paying attention to your present experience, including your thoughts, emotions and sensory experiences. Mindfulness helps you to be more accepting of what’s happening so you struggle less with your experience.
A growing body of scientific research on mindfulness has demonstrated a wide range of benefits, including:
Psychological: reduces stress, anxiety and depression.
Mental: increases your ability to focus and improves your memory.
Physical: helps you eat and sleep better, boosts your body’s immune system and helps you deal with physical pain.
Social: enhances relationships, helping you communicate better and feel more accepting of yourself and others, and feel more optimistic about your relationships.
In this 8-week series, Domonick will share the neuroscience behind how mindfulness can change your brain to be more peaceful and less reactive. (Research has found that this training increases the density of gray matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy). Further, you will receive support in developing a home meditation practice to continue to develop mindfulness after the course is finished.
You will leave the course with new tools to help deal with your stress more peacefully and to meet yourself and others with greater kindness and acceptance.
$375 – before 4/4
$425 – after 4/4