Workshops

 

Introduction to Mindfulness

Breathe, Body, Mind

June 9, July 14, August 18

Over the course of these three Sundays we will explore the beginnings of a mindfulness and meditation practice.  Join for all three or take any individual session.

June 9 at 11am

Breathe: Explore the mechanism of breathing as it pertains to mindfulness. Learn various breathing techniques and understand when to apply them.  Finish with a guided meditation focused on the breathe.

July 14 at 11am

Body: Explore the resting state of your body and understand how to tune in to your own level of tension/stress.  Learn some basic yoga poses to reduce tension and prepare the body for meditation. Finish with a guided meditation focused on body scanning and physical relaxation.

August 18 at 11am

Mind: Explore various techniques relating to quieting and calming the mind.  Learn how to choose and use a mantra and when this type of practice might be useful.  Finish with a guided meditation.

Each practice lasts 1 hour.

Cost $12/class or $30 for all three classes.  Family rate available.  Appropriate for age 13 and up.

Location: Chicago Family Wellness Center

715 Lake Street Suite 110

Oak Park, IL 60301

 

Coming in September!  Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation

6 week session

What you can expect every week is two hours of work on both your body and mind. The inquiry and discussion part of the sessions will best be supported if you bring along a journal and something to write with. I expect that a lot of what starts in the room will continue after you have left so being able to refer to what you felt in the moment will be helpful. 

 

For the asana (postures/physical) practice, bring whatever props you would need for a comfortable and supported practice. Yoga mats will be available, if you do not have your own. Blocks, bolsters, blankets and ties (for straps) will also be available.  If you do not have a regular yoga practice and are wondering what may make your practice more "comfortable and supported", please let me know. A water bottle is always handy.  The asana practice will vary from week to week and there will be variations offered for levels depending on the needs of individuals.  

 

The meditation practice will require nothing more from you than an open mind, a willingness to engage and the ability to breathe. Some days, this can feel like the most difficult thing so we will be working on meditation practices that will specifically help you address the kinds of challenges we face on a daily basis. 

 

You will also be provided with reference material at the end of each session for you to take home, read through and digest through the week to keep the process unfolding.  There will be 'homework' assignments weekly as well for those of you wishing to deepen your inquiry/asana/meditation practice in our time apart.  Notice if you bristled at the mention of the word homework.  This is not meant to be another task for you to have to complete.  This is meant to help support the exploration of any 'curiosity' that may be piqued.  

 

I recommend you prepare to use this 6 weeks to explore some discipline in your practice (meditation, asana, inquiry, pranayama).  Again, did you bristle a bit with the mention of the word discipline?  Many of us associate discipline with punishment and that is unfortunate. Discipline, can also mean a commitment to ourselves or to a new practice.  Discipline taken in its earliest latin definition means 'to learn'.  And to learn something new we must commit to the learning and treat ourselves with love and compassion as we practice.  

We will be at Sweet Pea's Yoga Studio at 3717 N Ravenswood, Suite 214, Chicago, IL 60614. There is ample, free parking right outside. You can also walk from the Addison stop on the Brown Line or the Addison bus, getting off at the eastern side of Ravenswood (the side by Dunkin Donuts).  

 

If you have any questions I haven't covered here, please let me know. I'm so looking forward to meeting you!

 

Peace and light, 

 

Dana

773-398-3886

 

"Looking after oneself, one looks after others.

Looking after others, one looks after oneself."

-- the Sedaka Sutta 

 

http://www.supersoul.tv/supersoul-sessions/elizabeth-gilbert-flight-hummingbird-curiosity

 

 

$180/6 weeks

Participation in all 6 weeks is recommended but not required.  Individual sessions are $30/Session

 

 

"Looking after oneself, one looks after others.

Looking after others, one looks after oneself."

-- the Sedaka Sutta