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    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 12

    This series will offer contemplative and meditations practices for those who are looking to deepen their spiritual practice. We will be learning to cultivate skillful intentions and actions of generosity, truthfulness and equanimity. These qualities when developed lead to contentment, peace and happiness.

    Each session will include guided meditations, instructive talks, group discussion, interactive mindfulness activities and written homework suggestions.


    The June 3rd session will focus on Equanimity: Even-minded Acceptance.

    Mind without equanimity is constantly trying to get to the pleasant and the exciting and move away from or block everything it perceives as unpleasant. When even-minded acceptance spreads over the mind, there is no need to struggle. We can deeply rest in the knowing, ‘I can be with this’.


    Led by 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. 
    • 06 Jun 2017
    • 27 Jun 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street Studio
    • 11

    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 Tuesdays 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. 



    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150

    Led by Paul Peterson, 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.

    Paul is a community organizer and meditation teacher. He loves extended meditation retreats in the woods, but is especially interested in combining meditation with community engagement. He currently teaches mindfulness in Hamilton County elementary schools and is a collective member of Coming to America, a storytelling collective for Chattanooga's immigrant and refugee populations.


    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150
    • 14

    Connecting with Intuition 

    June 12, 19, 26 Three Mondays 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.


    • 17 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Center for Mindful Living
    • 14
    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. 
    • 17 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150

    Are you interested in Tai Ji and want to give it a try? Join us for our Tai Ji Open House where you will learn about the history and benefits of this soft martial art from two experienced instructors, Dr. Zibin Guo and Mr. David Prestridge. This event is free, but registration is requested.

    Dr. Zibin Guo, currently a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, is the founder and driving force behind the Chattanooga Tai Ji Community. Dr. Guo is one of the most highly ranked and respected teachers in China and the United States. 

    David Prestridge has been studying and practicing the internal martial art of Tai-Ji with Dr. Zibin Guo and Mr. Steve Long since 2005. He is a very enthusiastic proponent of Tai-Ji, and a serious, experienced practitioner and teacher. A firm believer in the healing, regenerative and strengthening powers of Tai-Ji, he teaches a form of Tai- Ji specifically for beginning students.


    • 23 Jun 2017
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150
    • 19

    Tara Mandala Green Tara Retreat  June 23-25, 2017 with Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

    Hosted by Chattanooga Tara Mandala Sangha

    Join us to embody Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who provides protection from fears and obstacles. She sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day contemplative life. In this retreat, you will learn the Green Tara practice from the Luminous Secret Vajra Treasury, a treasure cycle of Adzom Drukpa. No previous experience of Buddhism or meditation is required to attend.

    This retreat will be offered by Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam who was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006. She teaches meditation and Buddhist practices in the US and abroad, and served as Executive Co-Director and Board member of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center. Together with her husband she leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha. Charlotte received her Masters from Harvard Divinity School and is an Instructor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University. In 2016 she received the title of Magyu Lopön, leader of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala by Lama Tsultrim.  

    Retreat Schedule

    Friday 6/23 from 6-7pm will be a free and Open to the Public talk on Compassion

    Saturday 6/24 and Sunday 6/25 will be the teaching days from 10am-5pm

    Retreat Fee

    Early Bird Pricing Until April 24th

    $55 for members/$60 for nonmembers, includes Saturday catered lunch and all retreat materials.  

    Pricing After April 24th

    $75 for members/$80 for nonmembers, includes Saturday catered lunch and all retreat materials. 

    For more information or questions about this retreat, please contacttennessee@taramandala.org

    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 11
    Mindfulness for Me is fun-filled week of activities designed to foster healthy ways to cope with the changes of a growing body and mind, and the stressors that kids experience today.  Ideal for sensitive kids, perfectionists, worriers or kids that struggle with attention. 

    This camp will help kids begin to understand the basics of how their minds work and teach them some practices that they can use to reduce their stress and anxiety, while boosting their connectedness to others. 

    Appropriate for kids ages 8 - 13,  to help them learn to become aware of their body, thoughts and feelings and to develop some tools to positively deal with life changes and other people. 

    Activities will include:

    • Basics of attention
    • Mindful listening, seeing, tasting, smell and touch
    • Mindful Movement 
    • Arts and crafts
    • Active listening
    • Kindness to self and others

    Cost:  $145 per child, all materials included

    Class size is limited

    Instructor:  Beth Vandergraph

    Beth is both an educator and a student of children. She has worked with children for more than 20 years in a variety of settings, including public school classrooms and has practiced yoga for a decade. She is inspired by the spontaneity, receptivity, and courage children bring to new moments.  

    • 01 Jul 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. Janka Livoncova 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
    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 15

    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.
    • 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.

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 30 Oct 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 -  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) 


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