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    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Meditation Studio
    • 0

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    This class will begin with some gentle movement followed by a good, long restorative. Restorative Yoga is designed activate the parasympathetic nervous system which calms the body and mind. The poses are done on the floor and are held in stillness, typically for 5-15 minutes. Blankets, blocks, and bolsters assist the body to be comfortable. Restorative Yoga poses were developed by yoga master BKS Iyengar  for people who had injury, illness, or trauma but has come to be a popular practice for anyone wanting to relax deeply. It is sometimes confused with Yin yoga which is not the same, but the practices can be complimentary.


    Registration is being limited to 10 participants to maximize relaxation, so register today to ensure your spot. 

    Led by Sue Reynolds

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    In Fall of 2016 we undertook a book study of Parker Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy. We explored the nature of this governing 'experiment' and looked at ways we could bridge our Red and Blue divide and sustain a positive engagement in our democracy. 

    Fast forward to 2017, a year that has brought more polarization, with a President who seems uninterested in bringing us together as Americans. How do we move forward together? Join us for a glass of wine and follow up conversation as we explore what we can do to remain balanced and committed to dialogue. 

    • 25 Jul 2017
    • 12 Sep 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150

    Are you interested in Tai Ji? This 8-week workshop is the perfect introduction to Tai Ji. In each session you will learn basic Tai Ji moves, and by the end of the eight weeks, you will be able to perform a complete Tai Ji series. 

    8 TUESDAYS STARTING JULY 25TH 

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    COST $120

    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 12

    Sage-ing is a wisdom and vitality-based approach to living our lives, particularly at mid-age and beyond, with meaning and contribution. In Sage-ing we explore the stories, experiences and lessons accumulated throughout the journey of our lives in order to help us build a tapestry through which to celebrate and build upon as we design the years ahead.

    Sage-ing Circles are where wise adults share important and powerful conversations about life. Personal, family, community, aging, and global issues are explored with wisdom, respect and compassion. The Heart of Aging with Wisdom and Vitality is a dynamic interactive program where many:

    • find community
    • explore wisdom
    • become more spiritually and physically vital
    • gain insights into life lessons
    • develop a new perspective on healthy and conscious aging
    • learn to navigate the second part of life with purpose, awareness, and celebration.

    Who is Sage-ing for?

    1. Anyone of any age who is interested in bringing more meaning and purpose into their lives
    2. Anyone who is interested in learning about the second half of life
    3. Anyone working or living with seniors
    Sag-ing principles are non-denominational and can enhance spiritual maturity for those who do not hold a faith or denominational preference.

    Cost:
    Members: $45
    Non-Members: $55
     
    Registrants can receive a full refund if they cancel up to five (5) days before the class/workshop. After that, there will be NO REFUND on a class/workshop.



    Workshop Presenter: Judith Pedersen-Benn, MS, CADC, CHT, works with individuals, groups and organizations as they explore how to make positive changes, overcome self-defeating patterns, and integrate practices that encourage balance and wellness. For the past twenty years she has worked as a counselor, teacher, and organizational consultant. She incorporates her understanding of the reciprocal and relational nature of life into her professional practice and her work for peace and justice. She is a senior faculty member at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and adjunct Faculty for Saybrook University. She has completed the Sage-ing Facilitator Training and is a Certified Sage-ing Leader.
    • 31 Jul 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. 

    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Open to everyone

    In this 3-hour class, you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary to start a mindfulness-awareness, or “peaceful abiding” meditation practice. An authorized meditation instructor will give detailed instruction and guided meditation so that you have all the tools necessary for a daily practice. This class is ideal for beginners or students wanting to strengthen their meditation technique.

    Led by Shastri Jackie Muse, an authorized mediation instructor appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as a senior teacher in Shambhala. Jackie helped to co-found the Shambhala Meditation Center in Atlanta, GA in the late 1970s and has been an active teacher and leader since then. 

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Meditation Studio
    • 10

    This class will begin with some gentle movement followed by a good, long restorative. Restorative Yoga is designed activate the parasympathetic nervous system which calms the body and mind. The poses are done on the floor and are held in stillness, typically for 5-15 minutes. Blankets, blocks, and bolsters assist the body to be comfortable. Restorative Yoga poses were developed by yoga master BKS Iyengar  for people who had injury, illness, or trauma but has come to be a popular practice for anyone wanting to relax deeply. It is sometimes confused with Yin yoga which is not the same, but the practices can be complimentary.


    Registration is being limited to 10 participants to maximize relaxation, so register today to ensure your spot. 

    Led by Sue Reynolds

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Center for Mindful Living
    • 45

    Join us for an afternoon of community and learning about the complicated human process known as PAIN!

    We will be locally premiering the movie All the Rage, a documentary about the complicated process of PAIN. Reported levels of chronic pain are reaching epidemic levels in the US and this movie follows one person's journey through chronic pain. 

    Tickets are only $10!

    Snacks and beverages will also be provided.

    • 28 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 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.

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 19

    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 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) 


    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150
    • 15

    Connecting with Intuition 

    September 19, 26, and October 3 Three Tuesdays from 6 -7:30

    In this three-session workshop, we will explore the intuitive process and these questions: What is intuition? How do we experience it? How can mindfulness help clear our intuitive windows? How can we become more aligned with our intuition?

    We will share experiences and participate in exercises attuned to using our intuition. 

    You may want to bring a journal.

    Led by Krista Seckinger. Krista is a lifelong seeker. She taught high school English for many years and enjoys sharing in groups in the roles of both leader and participant. Intuition has provided guidance throughout her life, and her meditation practice has helped her be more attuned to it.


    • 23 Sep 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.


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