Mindfulness-based Cognitive Tools (MBCTools) is a practice and study group that strengthens mindfulness-based cognitive tools for living. It is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at UMass Medical Center. The program is designed specifically for people living with chronic emotional distress, and has been scientifically proven to help people suffering from anxiety and depression. This group is not recommended for anyone in the midst of a period of acute depression or anxiety, and for those suffering from chronic (not acute) emotional distress, it is recommended that they be under the care of a licensed counselor or therapist while taking the class.
QIQONG & MEDITATION
Instructor: Landon Hall
QiGong involves aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. The practice includes gentle stretching, flowing movements, and standing postures that are quietly harmonized by rhythmical breathing and a calm, unhurried, focused mind. The movements invigorate the energy in the body and support health and vitality. The Center for Disease Control has named QiGong as a primary self-care practice that supports aging with grace. Class includes QiGong practice and meditation.
Open to all.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
Instructor: Melissa Laverack
Enrollment will be capped at 12.
This program grew out of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s stress reduction program at UMass Medical Center, and gives us the tools to mobilize our own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing. We all experience stress – it’s a natural, unavoidable part of life. We can’t escape uncertainty, change, and our inability to control things. What we can do is develop more skillful ways of working and playing with the challenges life brings us. MSBR is a highly experiential program of training in well-being. This class includes: mindfulness meditation, movement (Qigong), group exercises, and discussion. More than three decades of scientific research indicates that practicing MBSR can profoundly affect one’s ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully. Benefits include:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with lasting pain and illness
- Greater well-being, energy, and enthusiasm for life
- Greater levels of self-acceptance and feeling of connection with self and other.
- Stronger resilience in relationship to short- and long-term stressful situations.
Making time for weekly home practice is an important component of the class. Guided audio files and reading materials are included. No experience needed. All welcome.
For more information about the class contact Melissa Laverack here.