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Mindfulness practices can help us embrace change, live with compassion, create more harmonious relationships, and find relief from the harmful effects of stress. Faithful practice over time lowers blood pressure, decreases anxiety, increases compassion, and fosters healthier relationships. It supports our ability to think more clearly, feel calmer, and make wiser choices for ourselves and our families.
Mindfulness is a learned skill. It is an ongoing practice of deliberate awareness of what is happening in each moment, developing non-judgmental acceptance in order to create room for positive change. It is a way of seeing and being that creates a safe space within one’s self in which to delve into self-discovery and wise connection with others. Using mindfulness in daily living can help us more freely experience life’s inherent joys and precious milestones.
This six-week comprehensive course offers group support on your mindfulness journey.
Who is this for?
Active adults of all ages and abilities that would like to experience stress relief, increased ability to weather the storms of life, and receive support to develop a wellness practice that enhances all areas of health.
What will you experience?
Instruction, inspiration, and direct experience of mindfulness practices including meditation, breathing exercises, gentle physical movement, introspection, self-compassion, deep listening, and group support. Each week, you will be given tools to use in your daily life that you can also share with family and friends. The progressive nature of the process creates the potential for a rich 6-week experience of growth.
What you will need:
Floor mats, cushions, and chairs will be provided. Participants will need to bring a journal and pen, wear comfortable clothing to practice gentle movements and sit in meditative postures, as well as have personal water vessels for water. If participants have their own meditation cushions and yoga mats, they are certainly welcome to bring them.
Importantly, participants are asked to let go of the need to attain a particular outcome such as ‘inner peace’ or ‘a new life.’ While all things are possible, the practice of non-striving is encouraged to create a space of open self-compassion through the growth process.
This course is inspired by evidence-based research conducted by respected clinical researchers in the fields of psychology, neurobiology, and psychotherapy. The core curriculum echoes Jon-Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. Participants are encouraged (but not required!) to read his book “Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.”
This program is presented by the Winter Park Health Foundation.
About Rachel Chase
Rachel Chase is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor-in-Training as a graduate student in her final year of internship at Rollins College. She is also a teaching artist and expressive arts group facilitator with a BFA from the University of South Florida. She is a long-time meditator and an experienced Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher. She has been teaching yoga for 18 years and meditation for 10 years. Rachel has facilitated mindfulness groups such as this for three years. She is passionate about sharing healing arts with the Central Florida community. Rachel is also an Arts and Wellness Ambassador for the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. Her open and lighthearted teaching style creates a safe and welcoming space for everyone.
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