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    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 0
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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well researched, secular, intensive 8-week course designed to empower participants through meditative awareness to take an active role in the management of their health and wellness. MBSR teaches the practice of mindfulness through meditation, yoga, and awareness brought into our everyday lives. This course is modeled on the MBSR program pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Currently, there are over 200 medical centers in the United States and Europe that teach MBSR programs, plus many other health related organizations worldwide.

    8 weekly classes -  Monday evenings starting September 11, 2017 from 6PM to 8PM, except for the first and last class in the series which ends at 8:30 pm. One experiential retreat for this course is Saturday October 21, 2017; 10am-4pm.

    Who Will Benefit

    Two decades of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete the 8-week program report greater ability to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situations. By learning to actively participate in the management of health and well being, many participants report they are better able to manage stress, fear, anger, anxiety and depression both at home and in the workplace. People taking the MBSR class come from all walks of life, but they share one thing in common: the desire to find more balance, peace and happiness in their lives.

    What to Expect

    Weekly classes will include lecture, group discussion and experiential learning, with an all-day Saturday session after the 6th week. Participants are asked to practice mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement for 45-60 minutes a day. The 8-week course will include:

    • Guided instruction in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful movement
    • Practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life
    • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life 
    • Email and phone support
    • Home practice materials (audio CDs and written handouts) 

    Instructors: Janka Livoncova, LMT, E-RYT500 is registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and licensed massage therapist. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2004. In 2007, Janka began studying meditation and mindfulness with Daeja Napier and with Thanissara and Kittisaro in 2010. She is currently enrolled in the 2 year Community Dharma Leader Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Janka is also a student in the Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Education program at Kinetic Learning Center in Durham, NC. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli, and has been leading 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses at the Center for Mindful Living since January 2013. Janka maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends meditation retreats. She also regularly leads and facilitates meditation and mindfulness classes in Chattanooga.

    Rod Francis -As well as a diverse career through international performing arts and business, Rod has been teaching for almost 30 years and coaching & mentoring for over a decade. He is currently working alongside leading mind/body expert Dr Mark Atkinson creating and delivering the Bulletproof Coach Training program, and has trained with numerous leaders from the worlds of coaching, personal development and Positive Psychology.

    Rod has had a meditation practice for approximately three decades and has sat many teacher led retreats in the Insight tradition including several with his guiding teacher Yanai Postelnik. Rod also sat the MBSR in Mind Body Medicine retreat with the program’s founder Jon Kabat-Zinn and is currently formally qualifying as an MBSR teacher with the Umass teacher program.

    Please contact Janka at 423-488-5406 or if you have any questions, prior to registration, about how this course is structured, the level of work involved, and any other inquiries you may have about what this course entails.

    Cost (includes materials):

    $350 non-members

    $325 members 

    Cancellation policy:
    Full refunds available up to 5 days before the start of the class.  

    Once you have registered, return here to download this information form MBSR application JL .docx and return to MBSR at the Center for Mindful Living by September 6th. (This information is requested to help Janka tailor the class to participants and will be kept strictly confidential. If you do not wish to write down relevant information, please contact Janka, 423-488-5406) 

    • 12 Sep 2017
    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street Suite 150, Chattanooga, TN 37408
    • 0

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    Middle School can be a wild and wacky time - body changes, friend changes, and intense emotions. For sensitive kids, perfectionists, worriers, or those who struggle with attention, it can be a lot to learn to deal with! Especially designed with the tween and early teen in mind, this class will equip them with knowledge about  how their minds work and teach some fundamentals of attention, mindfulness and more!

    The curriculum of this class series will include movement, breath work, learning about how the brain works, self-reflection, and emotion/thought process information. There will be a weekly "homework assignment" for each attendee that will be different activities to support the teachings of the class. 

    This class is for 6th-8th graders and is a 4 week series focusing on mindfulness for middle schoolers.

    Led by Beth Vandergraph.

    Beth is both an educator and a student of children. Currently a Reading Coach for HCDE, she has worked with children for more than 20 years in a variety of settings, has practiced yoga for nearly a decade and began teaching young people about mindfulness 3 years ago. She is inspired by the spontaneity, receptivity, and courage young people bring to new moments. 

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street Suite 150
    This daylong event is an opportunity for a period of extended practice, silence and mindfulness. Rod Francis will be facilitating the day's schedule. There will be alternating periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a mid-day lunch break to practice mindful eating. Some meditation and/or mindfulness experience is suggested, as instructions will be minimal so that the emphasis will be on cultivating one's practice. Silence will be maintained throughout the day. Bring your lunch, wear comfortable clothing, and bring any additional appropriate props you will need for your sitting meditation practice (the Center has cushions, bolsters and chairs).

    Appropriate for all tradition backgrounds. Come join us for the entire day or for a couple of hours, to deepen your practice, support and be supported by the practice of others, and to spend the day intentionally cultivating our capacity to be present.

    Suggested Donation $25
    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Meditation Studio
    • 12

    Take a respite from the fall crush of busy-ness with and hour and a half of delicious Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) combined with deeply restorative poses that will leave you refreshed and ready for your evening festivities.

    Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of introducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.  During the practice, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. We will have a brief period of gentle movement then recline for the remainder of the class. Sue's voice will lead you through the practice. At the beginning you will be asked to form a mental resolve, a sankalpa. You might want to think about this before class. It should be stated in a brief and clear form, and in the present tense. Such as... My health is improving day by day, I feel gratitude for my life, and so forth.

    You do not go to sleep but you may experience very deep relaxation that is said to equal several hours of sleep. Mats, blankets, and eye covers will be provided but please feel free to bring your own, if you wish. Wear warm socks and even mittens if you tend to get chilly while lying still.

    Led by Sue Reynolds. Registration is being limited to 12 participants to maximize relaxation, so register today to ensure your spot. 

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 24

    There is a large and rapidly growing body of scientific research around meditation that recognizes its significant benefit to mental and physical health  But how do you meditate, exactly? If you've been curious about how to meditate, or if you've tried meditation but have questions and are looking for more instruction, this class is for you.  We'll explore meditation in a practical way for modern lifestyles.  The class aims to provide clear instruction while also inspiring you to establish a consistent meditation practice.

    Led by Paul Peterson. Upasaka Upali, aka Paul Peterson, is a meditation teacher from a style that incorporates modern cognitive science with ancient meditation techniques.   He studies with Upasaka Culadsa, Ph.D., author of the Mind Illuminated. 

    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150

    Have you heard enough about mindfulness to want to learn more? Are you confused about how mindfulness can help you?  Come to the Center for Mindful Living for our quarterly open house! You will learn a bit about mindfulness, enjoy a glass of wine and meet other curious folks. 

    Elizabeth Kabalka will offer a brief explanation of what the most recent neuroscience is showing us about how our brains work and why mindfulness is helpful. We will also discuss easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday lives.

    The program is free but registration is requested. 

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 16 Nov 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street

    What does it mean to live life with integrity? The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz provides us a good roadmap for creating a life where our body and spirit are aligned with our values. Join us for a 4 week lunchtime exploration of the ideas in this text and how we can integrate these four agreements into our every day life, using different mindfulness and physical practices. 

    Each week we will cover one of the following:

    • Be impeccable with your word
    • Don't take anything personally
    • Don't make assumptions
    • Always do your best
    Feel free to bring your lunch each week to the discussion. It is helpful to have the book prior to the first session. The book is available at the library, McKay or Amazon link above. 

    Led by Ruth Bresson. Over twenty years ago during a season of crisis, Ruth began a personal transformation guided by the discovery of spiritual practices and personal inquiry. This path would lead her to return to school where she completed her graduate degree in biblical studies and counseling at Houston Graduate School of Theology, a Quaker seminary. She served for almost 10 years as a pastor of a non-denominational faith community before resigning to move to Chattanooga. Certified as a private coach, she works with others to discover and honor their truest story with guts, grace and gratitude. 
    • 06 Nov 2017
    • 04 Dec 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street Studio
    • 20

    Have you heard enough about the benefits of Mindfulness to convince you to try it? This class is the perfect introduction for you! Mindfulness for Beginners is a 4 week workshop covering the basic elements of mindfulness meditation in a relaxed and no-pressure environment. 

    Participants can expect short instructive talks, group discussion and interactive mindfulness activities, including guided meditations. Each week a different aspect of the four foundations of mindfulness will be covered and you will be given practical ways to incorporate them into your daily life. 

    Class: 4 Mondays from 6PM to 7:15PM 

    Cost: $75 for non-members   $65 for members

    Instructor: Janka Livoncova
    Janka Livoncova has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2004. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, professional training program and has been leading 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses at the Center for Mindful Living since January 2013. Janka maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends meditation retreats. 

    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 30

    The Center for Action and Contemplation hosted a conference on the Trinity back in May of 2017. CML purchased the talks from the conference and has curated the best talks for showing and discussion. 

    Join us for a day of 3 facilitated discussions highlighting each of the three main presenters at the conference; we will watch excerpts from their talks at the conference, and reflect on how it fits with and challenges our own worldview. Plan to bring your lunch or visit one of the restaurants along Main Street. 

    This program is being offered at no charge to members as a thank you for their support of our work! 

    Facilitated by Margy Oehmig, Krista Seckinger and Andrea Aaron. 

    More about the Trinity Conference: We find the pattern of dynamic relationship in the very structure of the atom, in our families, in ecosystems and economies. It is a pattern of mutual giving and receiving: in a word, Love. If Trinity is the model for Creation (Genesis 1:26-27), then it is a relational, benevolent universe.

    Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Paul Young believe the Trinity—fully experienced and enjoyed—has the capacity to change everything. We already participate within this dance whether we realize it or not. But when we consciously engage in loving communion, we open ourselves to being transformed at the deepest levels.

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