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Natural Awakenings Washington DC Metro

Fall Classes and Private Instruction for Reducing Stress with Mindfulness

Aug 31, 2015 09:55PM
The GW Center for Integrative Medicine is now accepting fall registrations for the eight-week course “Reducing Stress with Mindfulness,” offered on Sundays, starting September 27, and Tuesdays, starting September 29. Eight classes and an all-day retreat form the structure of the GWCIM course. The Sunday session is 1:30-4 p.m. on the GWU campus. The Tuesday session is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Takoma Park. There will be no classes the week of October 18.

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.

For course details and registration, call 202-833-5055 or visit GWCIM.com/Patient-Care/Classes. If you have questions for the teacher, call 301-445-6771 or email [email protected].

 

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