WORKSHOPS and EVENTS


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR is a program originally developed at the Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1990.  Since then, mindfulness and MBSR have been studied extensively with consistent research findings that patients practicing mindfulness and MBSR experience significant symptom reduction and relief from anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress related illness, and substance abuse relapse.  In my practice, it is very evident that all of us are subject to becoming overwhelmed by the sheer pace of our increasingly complex life, constant bombardment of information, 24/7 social networking, media focus on traumatic local and world events.   All of this can lead to frustration, impatience, self-judgment, anxiety, and unreasonable expectations of ourselves and others.  We obsess and we worry, don’t sleep well or enough, eat and drink too much,  don’t have time or energy to exercise, and take medications that may or may not help.  MBSR can be an effective antidote and pathway to a much more relaxed and enjoyable life.

This eight week group teaches and provides practice opportunities of stress reduction techniques.  Included in each group session are education regarding the causes and effects of stress, breath awareness, meditation, and standing or sitting yoga (no prior experience needed), centering meditation, mindful inquiry, and helpful communication techniques.  Homework and practice exercises are provided as reinforcement between weekly meetings. During the 7th week, the group does not meet on the regularly scheduled evening, instead enjoying a half day retreat to solidify and deepen what has been learned and practiced.

8-Week Groups offered periodically.  Please check the Calendar for current groups.

LifeForce Yoga® for Mood Management

Particular and well-researched yogic techniques including breathing exercises, poses, mantra, chakra, and mudra are individually designed for each client to assist with stress and mood management.  Depending on the symptoms, the primary focus is to help energize during depressive episodes or to calm during periods of anxiety or stress.  May include the deep restorative relaxation of Yoga Nidra.  Please visit the website www.YogaforDepression.com for further information and articles about LifeForce® Yoga.  LeAnne is listed on this site as a Certified Level 1 Practitioner.

Meditation

“At the center of your being you have the answers; you know who you are and you know what you want”
Buddha
You don’t have to make extraordinary efforts to still your mind, you don’t have to spend alot of time at it, and you don’t even have to sit on the floor in the lotus position!  There are several different meditation techniques and simple introductions to each practice.  The key is to find the practice that suits you so that you can stay with it long enough to experience the following positive benefits:
  • A calm focused mind
  • Reduced anxiety and agitation
  • Better Sleep
  • Increase in mental clarity
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Improved Mood
  • Decreased Negative/Critical Self-Talk
  • Increased feelings of well-being
  • Improved pain management
  • Spiritual awareness or growth
Meditation increases self-esteem, self-acceptance, openess, a calm balanced, focused mind, and inner strength.  If you are already a seasoned Meditator, we can  incorporate journaling of your sittings into our sessions to deepen the therapeutic process.  If you are new to meditation, I can introduce you to the process as part of our therapeutic work, if you choose.  It really is simple, and there is no wrong way.
An ongoing Meditation Journaling Group will begin on a weekly basis in January 2014.  This group will sit in meditation for a specified period of time followed by journaling about the experience and, if desired, verbally processes the meditation experience.  Feedback will be given upon request from the group facilitator and other participants.

Individual instruction is available by appointment.  Other Groups or Workshops with meditation themes will be held periodically, so please check the event calendar frequently.  Contact me if you would like to set up an appointment or have further questions.

“To live in the present moment is a miracle”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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