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    • 10 Jan 2017
    • 28 Feb 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 -  Tuesday evenings starting January 10, 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 February 18, 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 janka@breathingbodyyoga.com 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 January 3rd. (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) 


    • 06 Feb 2017
    • 27 Feb 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150
    • 12

    There is so much talk about being happy in our culture that it can be hard to separate truth from fad. This experiential 4 week course aims to unpack the current science of happiness and to help teach simple, scientifically-proven techniques to achieving greater happiness, satisfaction and ease in one’s own life. 

    The course consists of four 2-hour, in-person sessions and is supplemented by approximately 2 hours per week of home online learning. The online material comprises assessments, some easy to digest primary source reading and short video clips. There is also a final one-hour online meeting with the instructor at the end of the program.

    Led by Rod Francis, who 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. 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.

     

    Week 1: Happiness 101

    Topics we’ll cover:

    • Defining what is meant by Happiness and why it is important to all areas of well being and health.
      The different types of happiness and how they contribute to our personal flourishing and sense of life satisfaction.
      Happiness Assessments – exploring some simple yet scientifically validated methods of assessing all these different areas.
      The key steps and practices which help build, develop and sustain our personal sense of happiness and how might we most effectively engage with them.
      Mindfulness & Happiness: We’ll explore the practice of mindfulness and learn how to begin practicing this empirically proven pathway to greater wellbeing.

     

    Week 2: Full Spectrum Happiness

    Topics we’ll cover:

    • How emotions relate to Happiness and how we can begin to work more skillfully with all of our emotions.
      Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the nascent field of Emodiversity and how they relate to human flourishing.
      The role of positive emotions in health and wellbeing and what practical steps we can take to develop them.
      The importance of greater body awareness including how general physical health impacts on happiness levels plus some simple hacks to begin and maintain an effective personal program.
      What is meant by Flow and why it is important to our happiness plus how to create more Flow in life and skillfully find opportunities in daily activities to build it in.

     

    Week 3: Relational Happiness

    Topics we’ll cover:

    • The importance of social relationships to happiness, health and longevity.
      Relational skills building including practical exercises, tips and hacks.
      Relational Assessment – What is the state of your current relational world?
      Communication skills-building and developing healthier and more effective ways of communicating to support relational health – including effective ways to manage conflict and difficult communication.
      The role and practice of Loving-kindness meditation in health and better relationships and also it’s impact on overall health and wellbeing.
      The role of forgiveness practices in Happiness. Learning practical skills to help us let go of old hurts, anger and resentments, as much to ourselves as well as to others.

     

    Week 4: Happiness & The Meaningful Life

    Topics we’ll cover:

    • The importance of having a personal sense meaning & purpose to finding lasting happiness. Learning some simple, powerful techniques which can help gain clarity on those qualities and create a more purposeful and values-aligned way of living.
      A brief introduction to the powerful and transformative area of human potential development known as Positive Psychology and what it offers us in building greater life satisfaction and happiness.
      What islearned optimismas opposed tolearned helplessness? And how do we build and develop a more mature and helpful mindset?
      Building Wonder, Awe & Curiosity. Why these qualities are important to our happiness and uncovering ways to build them into our daily life.
      Nudge Theory in action – how small changes create large shifts. Why we don’t always have to make radical changes and instead how momentum builds and change can come via small, incremental yet consistent shifts in behavior.

    End of program online call.

    For one final hour together we tie up any loose ends, answer questions, reflect and provide necessary closure as well as cover final suggestions for where to go/what to do next to build on and consolidate the work we’ve covered. This call will be conducted online. You will not need any special programs to join, simply access to a computer, an online connection and some privacy. If you can’t make this call in person, it will be recorded and uploaded to the learning platform.


    • 22 Feb 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 400 East Main, Suite 150
    • 8

    Acupuncture Happy Hour with guided meditation combines two effective approaches for regaining calm and reducing stress! This is a great introduction to acupuncture and a great way to get ready for the week!


    Acupuncture will be based on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Protocol (NADA) protocol, which consists of 2-5 designated acu-points in each ear. Find out more about NADA at acudetox.com. Needles will be administered in a group setting. This method has been demonstrated to aid in reducing stress and anxiety, and in helping to improve sleep. This protocol has also been widely used in supplementing the treatment of addiction and craving problems like tobacco.

    Arrive in the first 10 minutes of the hour to begin acupuncture.
    Guided meditation will begin 15-20 minutes after the hour.
    - Raise hand if you need to leave at any time.
    - Feel free to follow along with the meditation or simply relax.

    ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD REGISTER FOR THE SESSION. LIMIT 8 PEOPLE/Session

    Members: FREE
    Non-Members: $20
    • 25 Feb 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Center for Mindful Living
    • 11
    Led by DB Reisen, this workshop addresses pain and stiffness in the joints.  Using specific therapeutic yoga poses, assisted stretch and self massage, you will be guided to gently alleviate pain and stiffness in neck, shoulders, back, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet.  We will address as many issues as time allows. 
    • 25 Feb 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Meditation Studio
    • 8

    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...I am awakening my spiritual potential, 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.

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

    Led by Sue Reynolds

    • 04 Mar 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. Yong Oh 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
    • 07 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150

    Led by Yong Oh, this class is designed to give the curious, or even slightly skeptical a basic understanding of what this word 'mindfulness' means and how being mindful benefits us; although designed for someone who has no experience with mindfulness, it is a great refresher class if you have been away from the practice for awhile and want to renew your resolve. 

    The class will also allow the participant an opportunity to try a few different types of mindfulness enhancing activities. Led by Yong Oh, an experienced mindfulness and meditation teacher, the class will be a mix of discussion and experiential activities in a relaxed and no-pressure environment. 



    • 13 Mar 2017
    • 03 Apr 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: $70 for non-members   $60 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. 



    • 01 Apr 2017
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 22


     3 Saturdays in April - 1, 15, 29  

    Compassion is a trait that can be developed or expanded! 

    Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) is a method for cultivating greater well-being.  Developed at Emory University in 2004, CBCT was originally designed to address the rising mental distress of Emory students. It is based on centuries old techniques that have been researched and validated by modern science to create this contemporary and secular method. CBCT is independent from--and in many ways supportive of--any faith or belief system. It is now routinely used by health care professionals and mental health staff, educators and other populations which experience compassion fatigue. 

    CBCT offers tools to expand our compassion outwards. The practices support the growth of a number of mental states and behaviors that increase our own sense of well-being such as kindness, gratitude, generosity, and warm-heartedness.

    How does it work? Mental exercises are used to progressively foster compassion. It begins with the stabilization of attention and awareness. With increased calmness of mind, the practitioner uses other practices to cultivate a greater sense of closeness and connectedness with others, strengthening compassionate concern. The practice of CBCT intensifies the desire to help others, allowing compassion to become more natural and spontaneous in one's everyday life. It also helps increase personal resiliency by grounding one in realistic expectations of self and others, avoiding distress from empathetic fatigue.

    Dr. Charles Raison, Emory researcher, recorded a TED Talk that explains more.

    Instructor, Amanda P. B. Evans, Ph.D., is a CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) teacher and a clinical psychologist, currently completing her postdoctoral residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Evans was trained at Emory University, and has dedicated her work to studying the role of contemplative practices in promoting well-being and alleviating psychological distress. Her doctoral research focused on teaching CBCT® to combat veterans struggling with emotional numbing and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Evans has also received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), andMindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Clinically, she has a particular interest in working with individuals who have suffered from traumatic experiences. Dr. Evans has taught CBCT® to combat veterans, female prisoners, university students, and adolescents in the Atlanta foster care system

    Cost for the three day workshop:

    Members: $325       Non-members: $350     

    CEUs: $50

    Students have to attend 80% of the classroom contact hours to receive credit.  Individual students requesting CEUs must contact Zipporah Slaughter (zipporah.slaughter@emory.edu).

    Workshop Times: 

    Saturdays: 9:30am - 5:30pm  

    Please feel free to bring your lunch which can be kept refrigerated at the Center or you may walk to several restaurants close by during the lunch break. 

    IMPORTANT:  Once you have registered, return here to download this waiver form required by Emory University CBCT Liability Waiver ETP.pdf and return to the Center for Mindful Living.  


    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 30 May 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 20

    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 -  Tuesday evenings starting April 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 May 20, 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 janka@breathingbodyyoga.com 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 January 3rd. (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) 


    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 12

    The Labyrinth as a Walking Meditation

    An ancient archetypal pattern, the labyrinth can be used as a meditative tool to calm the mind, de-stress the body and activate the soul. Join us for an afternoon walk and learn about the origins, history and symbolism of this sacred path. Come with an open mind and open heart. There are no wrong choices or decisions to make; a labyrinth is designed to help you find your way. Time for quiet reflection and journaling will be included. 

    Led by Margy Oehmig. 


    • 26 Apr 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408

    This event is a gathering of Chattanooga community open to the possibility of health and well-being through positive change. With multiple daily-life stressors that affect us all, and in light of recent tragedies that have put our community in global news, the Center for Mindful Living presents an opportunity to respond in a positive and life-affirming way. 


    Keynote speaker, Terry A Gordon, exemplifies adversity as a catalyst for positive change. 

    Dr. Gordon, a Cleveland Clinic trained, award winning cardiologist and author of No Storm Lasts Forever, understands that life is precious and can change in an instant. The American Heart Association named him Physician of the Year in 2002. 

    Dr. Gordon has learned through personal experience that when adversity comes our way, it is how we respond to that difficulty that determines who we become. Rather than lamenting these adversities, we can choose to make them a CATALYST for positive change. 

    As a leading health advocate, Dr. Gordon is an active speaker and was featured several times by Dr. Wayne Dyer, one of his former patients. With wisdom and humor, he will touch your heart and inspire new ways of being. 

    Doors Open at 5PM

    5:30PM Cocktails and Heavy hors d' oeuvers 

    6:15PM Program Begins

                                                 
   
Center for Mindful Living                       400 East Main, Suite 150
          Chattanooga, TN 37408
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