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    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 6
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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically validated, secular, intensive 8-week course designed to empower participants through meditative awareness to take an active role in the management of their own health and wellness. MBSR teaches the practice of mindfulness through meditation, yoga, and awareness brought into our everyday lives. This course was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and completely revised in 2014. Currently, there are over 200 medical centers and many other health related organizations  in the United States and Europe that teach MBSR programs. More information about some of the recent research into the health benefits of MBSR is available HERE

    It consists of eight 2.5-hour weekly classes and one 7-hour experiential retreat held on Saturday. In total there are 27 in person class hours.

    On Friday January the 5th at 6pm there will be a one hour intake and orientation class conducted online on the zoom platform. On Friday morning (1/5/18) you will be sent a link and can attend either via computer or phone.

    There are still few spots open and we will be taking registrations until Monday 1/8/18 5pm.


    Who Will Benefit


    Three decades of published research indicates 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 their 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. Though people taking the MBSR class may come from all walks of life, they share one thing in common: a 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.

    • Dedicated learning platform with home practice materials (audio downloads and written handouts) and additional instructional videos.



    Instructors: Janka Livoncova, is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist and a trained Somatic Movement Educator. She has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004. Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. First in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group. Janka 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. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.


    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@breathingbody.net 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):

    $400

    Registration closes on January 4, 2018

    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 4, 2018. (This information is requested to help Janka and Rod 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) 


    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 0
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    Enter 2018 with more inner freedom. Create a new relationship with your most challenging emotions: shame, anger, fear, and sadness. The very emotions we avoid are our pathways to personal insight and wisdom. When we can move through, rather than avoid, we experience greater ability to return to a sense of well-being with new perspective. Practice accepting and transforming these complex emotions using self-compassion and ritual in a supportive community. 

    Led by Julie L. Brown, LPC, MHSP. Julie is a Vanderbilt trained psychotherapist, with over 20 years working with individuals. She now specializes in complex trauma and psychological blocks. She uses mindfulness and Brainspotting, an advanced EMDR technique, to help her clients release judgements that are holding them back.  She has also worked as a group trainer for corporations. 

    Limited to 10 participants.

    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150
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    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.

    Yong Oh has studied Soto Zen and Vipassana with various teachers, including his primary teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara, since 2006. He is an acupuncturist, a mindfulness/meditation teacher, a mindfulness coach on the 10% Happier app, and a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program. He is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program.

    • 21 Jan 2018
    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street Suite 150, Chattanooga, TN 37408
    • 9
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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 Vandergraph is both a student and an educator of children.  She has worked with children professionally in a wide array of settings for 25 years, including a decade teaching in public schools. Using her own years of varied mindfulness practices as a guide, Beth has designed and implemented mindfulness programming for children since 2015. She enjoys the curiosity and creativity of middle schoolers. 


    • 22 Jan 2018
    • 19 Feb 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 3
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    Cultivating the Heart of Love

    A Five Week Course on Lovingkindness and Compassion



    Five Mondays 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19

    6:00 - 7:30 pm


    Fee: $125 members, $135 non-members

    This 5-week course will focus on the practices of Mindfulness, Lovingkindness and Compassion. All of these practices strengthen self-confidence, self-acceptance and steadiness of mind and heart, revealing our fundamental kindness. Practices of lovingkindness and compassion allow us to keep our hearts open in moments of struggle and suffering, while mindfulness allows us to see clearly our experience, discern options and make wise choices.

    You will learn the formal meditation practices that develop these qualities and their practical applications in your relationships with yourself, others and the rest of your life.

    Each class will include guided meditations, experiential exercises, instructive talks and a group discussion. Every week you will receive homework suggestions to help you incorporate and skillfully apply the teachings and practices covered in the class into your daily life. Once the class starts you will receive access to the dedicated learning platform containing home practice materials including downloadable guided meditations and written handouts.

    For more information on the health benefits of these practices, click HERE

    It is recommended that participants have completed Mindfulness for Beginners, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and/or have a regular personal meditation practice prior to attending this offering.

    Led by Janka Livoncova - Janka Livoncova is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist and a trained Somatic Movement Educator. She has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004. Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. First in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group. 

    Janka 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. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 0
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    Pain Matters

    neuroscience, power & potential

    Living with chronic pain has become a way of life for millions of people in the United States. Often their doctors cannot adequately identify or address the causes of this pain. The result is the heavy reliance on prescription painkillers, with doctors writing 282 million prescriptions in 2012, or one for every American. Loss of jobs, reduced quality of life and addiction are too often the result. 

    But there is new cause for hope. Recent neuroscience has uncovered exciting new evidence about the complex phenomena that is PAIN. This information is being used to help reduce perceived pain, reduce dependency on opioids and other medications, increase mobility and return individuals to their pre-pain productive selves. 

    Join us for an exciting workshop, led by medical professionals adept at working with and treating chronic pain, as we explore what the latest science has uncovered about how pain starts and why pain persists. This workshop with be informative and experiential.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018

    9:30AM - 3:30PM (lunch included)

    Members: $40

    NonMembers: $50

    This workshop will give you the latest scientific information, new ways to work with your body, rather than against, and other techniques to help control your pain. You will leave empowered, with new understanding and new tools!

    To hear more from Dr. McClanahan on chronic pain and Pain Matters, click the link below:

    http://newschannel9.com/this-n-that/recently-on-tnt/public-workshop-pain-matters-at-center-for-mindful-living


    Matt McClanahan, DO is a board certified physician treating both Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at the Integrative Medicine Associates, a part of the CHI Memorial Network. Dr. McClanahan's unique perspective often make him effective at healing a number of challenging conditions such as chronic low back/joint pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, IBS, etc.. 

    Jason Therrien, DPT is a doctorate level board certified physical therapist, specializing in the treatment of complex and persistent pain conditions. He is trained as a certified Therapeutic Pain Specialist. He is a devoted rehabilitation professional, healthcare advocate, and wellness coach. He is a partner at Chattanooga Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic clinic in downtown Chattanooga.  


    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. 


    Tyler Orr, LPC/MHSP is a licensed professional counselor at the Chattanooga Center for Mind-Body Therapy. Tyler utilizes mindfulness approaches and EMDR to treat physical pain, anxiety, and trauma. 


    Establishing a new pain paradigm, based on advancements in pain neuroscience and research, our goal is to encourage active patient participation, shifting their perception from one of fragility to empowerment through knowledge of their pain experience, awareness of their strengths, and a way forward to restore resiliency to their lives.


    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Meditation Studio
    • 7
    Register

    Give yourself the gift of self-care this Valentine's Day. Relax with Yoga Nidra.

    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 Feb 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 10
    Register


    Journey Dance

    JourneyDance™ is not about learning steps, it’s about revealing, recovering and re-discovering your natural intuitive movement. We activate imagination and utilize diverse forms of freestyle improvisational dance, yoga, ritual, theater, and shamanism to a soundtrack of inspiring world music, creating a barefoot ecstatic celebration of the human spirit. Led by Katharine Toledano, MDiv, this class is limited to 12 people each month, so sign up today! 

    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150
    • 20
    Register

    A Daylong Retreat led by Janka Livoncova


    Like the practice of compassion, forgiveness does not ignore the truth of our suffering.  Forgiveness is not weak.  It demands courage and integrity.  Yet only forgiveness and love can bring about the peace we long for. - Jack Kornfield

    We all know that forgiveness is a wonderful idea and a spiritually evolved thing to do - that is until we have something to forgive. It is only then we realize that unforgiving is the default and that forgiveness is a process, which requires great care and attention. During this retreat we will be cultivating a forgiving heart and mind, a heart that has the capacity to live with openness and trust, and a mind that no longer carries the burdens of the past, endlessly replaying hurt and pain.


    Through the practice of forgiveness we will learn how to meet the hurt of betrayal, loss and anger with understanding, compassion and courage. We will practice releasing our hearts from the pain of resentment, anger and fear to find peace and ease in our lives.


    This day long workshop will be held in silence and will include:

    • guided meditations,

    • instructive talks,

    • walking meditations,

    • group discussions,

    • time for personal reflections and journaling.

    The silence will end at 4pm and we will finish with a half-hour dedicated to questions.


    Cost: $25 registration plus Dana* for the instructor.


    Please bring your own lunch, and a favorite cushion if that's important to you. Wear clothing you can layer according to comfort.

    It is recommended that participants have completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course or equivalent program and have a personal meditation /contemplative practice in order to attend this retreat.


    About Dana Practice:
    There will be an opportunity to offer Dana to the teacher at the end of the retreat (financial contributions in the form of a check or cash). The registration fee covers only the administration fees and rental of the space.

    Dana is the time-honored ethic and tradition of expressing gratitude through generosity that Janka is dedicated to keeping alive by freely offering the teachings and her guidance. What this means is that she receives no compensation for teaching retreats, and relies instead on the generosity of retreat participants. Your contributions will help Janka continue to lead a life devoted to teaching. Your gifts also allow her to take time for her own practice, ensuring that her teachings are continuously enriched.


    Read more about dana practice.

    Read about the wisdom of giving.



    Led by Janka Livoncova - Janka Livoncova is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist and a trained Somatic Movement Educator. She has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004. Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. First in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group. 

    Janka 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. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.


    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Center for Mindful Living
    • 15
    Register

    With a rapid increase in the number of young people being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, parents want to know why it is happening and what they can do to prevent such suffering in their children.


    Join us for a workshop to learn how resilience is learned, how our own parenting approaches can help (or hurt) the development of resilience and some mindful ways that we can help manage our own stress and teach our children to do the same.

    This workshop will cover:

    • mindful techniques to manage stress,
    • ways to interact that build resilience;
    • how to teach your children gratitude and compassion.
    Due to the amount of material to be covered, this class assumes that you have had a basic introduction to and an understanding of mindfulness. Please call the office at 423-486-1279 if you have questions about this requirement. 

    Led by Nickie Soufleris, MD and Elizabeth Kabalka, MSSW. 

    Nickie Soufleris is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice here in Chattanooga, TN, where she combines medication management with psychotherapy and mindfulness training to help her patients navigate life's challenges.  She received her medical degree at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and completed psychiatric residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for the past 15 years. She and her husband have lived in Chattanooga for 25 years and have raised two sons who have been her primary teachers in parenting.

    Elizabeth Kabalka is the Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Living. She educates the community about the benefits of mindfulness, teaches children basic mindfulness practices and uses her own mindfulness practice to personally navigate the parenting stress of raising her three boys, ages 12, 15 and 19. She received her Masters in Social Work from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has served several social service organizations including Helen Ross McNabb Center and the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. She and her family reside on Signal Mountain with two big slightly stinky dogs.



    • 26 Feb 2018
    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 10
    Register


    There’s so much more information built into personality types than is usually covered through a traditional work-related Myers Briggs Type Indicator workshop! Here is an opportunity to enhance your understanding of this popular assessment tool, which is based on theories of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. The emphasis in this workshop will be on personal growth and development. No prior knowledge of Jung or the Myer Briggs approach is required.

    Two Mondays

    February 26 and March 5

    5:30 - 7:30PM

    $85, members; $95, non-members -  price includes the $50 fee for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step II

    Registration closes on February 19th to allow time for instructor to review assessment results. 

    Prior to the first workshop, you will be given a link to take the long-form Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step II ™ assessment online. Then, during the first Tuesday session, the instructor will define each of the functions and attitudes composing your four-letter type result and will provide an overview of your facet results*, part of the Step II assessment that further reveals ways you show your preferences.  These results will also provide deeper insights into how your type influences your communication style as well as how you make decisions, manage change and deal with conflict.

    During Session Two the instructor will introduce some of the fascinating implications of type dynamics.  For example, you will learn how each of us expresses both introverted and extroverted versions of our preferences regardless of which attitude (Introversion or Extraversion) we prefer.  And you will learn that the dynamics of your type preference is an excellent predictor of how you react under stress.

    This workshop is limited to no more than 10 people and includes the $50 cost of the Step II assessment. To facilitate timely completion of the Step II ™ assessment, registration must be completed by July 4, 2017. Facet results may require additional clarification for some participants. The instructor will be happy to schedule (at no cost to participant) an additional one hour meeting outside of this workshop to review an attendee’s individual facet report.

    About the Instructor:

    Judy Powell has had a lifelong interest in Jung and his work.  She has read dozens of books by or about Jung, attended Jungian workshops and lectures, and has participated in a Jungian dream group for many years. She is a certified Myers Briggs Type practitioner.  Prior to her retirement she was Director of Development at the Tennessee Aquarium.

    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 02 Apr 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street Studio
    • 20
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    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. 



                                                                                                                                                
Center for Mindful Living

400 E Main St, Suite 150

Chattanooga, TN 37408

423-486-1279
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