Mindfulness in the New Year
Two Upcoming Training Opportunities
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world … as in being able to remake ourselves.”
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Start Your Year Mindfully
3 Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:45 pm. January 4th – 18th. Namaste Yoga Lakeshore
Mindfulness provides tools that help us work with our habits. The New Year is an auspicious time to recommit to your personal evolution, however that might manifest for you. You may be developing a new self-care regime, or working to eliminate habits that you know are no longer serving your well-being. You may be interested in finding ways to cope with a world that doesn’t make sense to you.
In this short 3-week mindfulness primer, Domonick will introduce ways of using the power of Choice to navigate your ship in the direction you choose. Whether you are interested in eliminating unuseful habits or developing new habits, these mindful tools can serve you well.
This course can also serve as a means of rebooting an existing mindfulness practice that has fallen into disuse.
If you are interested in a more complete introduction to the practice, consider the MBSR program (see below), which begins in March. Or, get started in January, and add the MBSR program as a follow-up.
MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
8 Mondays, 7:15-9:00pm. March 20-April 15th. Namaste Yoga Lakeshore
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.
The course involves a free introductory session on March 20th, followed by 8 evening sessions held on Monday evenings. An all-day retreat will also be included, held on May 7th.
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To get started sooner, contact Domonick for private or small group MBSR training.
Thank you for your interest in this offering.