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Reduce Your Stress with Mindfulness This Winter

Dec 30, 2015 10:11AM
Winter classes start on January 24 for the GW Center for Integrative Medicine’s eight-week course “Reducing Stress with Mindfulness”. Based on the widely renowned program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical Center, this experiential course teaches new skills for reducing stress and managing pain, emphasizing 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, including with Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Group and individual learning occurs through guided activities and participant interaction, supported by the teacher. Participants learn a nonjudgmental 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.

Eight classes and an all-day retreat form the structure of the GWCIM course. The Sunday course session is 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the GWU campus, beginning January 24. The Tuesday course session begins January 26 and runs 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Takoma Park (locations provided at registration). For details and registration, call 202-833-5055 or visit Gwcim.com/Patient-Care/Classes. To reach the teacher, call 301-445-6771 or email [email protected]

 

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