Fall Classes and Private Instruction for Reducing Stress with Mindfulness
Aug 31, 2015 09:55PM
This experiential learning program teaches new skills for reducing stress and managing pain, with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation and body-centered practices that awaken present moment awareness. Starter sessions and private mindfulness teaching and coaching are also available from the course instructor Grace Ogden, who has practiced and trained in mindfulness for more than 25 years.
Group and individual learning occurs through guided activities and participant interaction, supported by the teacher. Participants learn a non-judgmental approach to recognizing sensations, feelings and thoughts in times of difficulty, which is the first step to healing and stress reduction. They try out and practice a range of mindfulness skills and identify how and where to apply the skills in their daily lives. Homework practice is a key dimension of the learning process.
Past participants report these benefits: A decrease in chronic physical and psychological symptoms; an improved ability to manage stress; feeling more calm; and coping with change better. They also let go of behavioral habit patterns that previously caused distress and developed more compassion and patience with themselves and others.