Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop – Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at 1 pm – 3 pm, Washington Yoga Center, 4000 Albemarle St NW #100,Washington, DC 20016
Mindfulness and Meditation are words that are often used nowadays. But what are they, how can they help us live successfully with internal peace and harmony, and how do we begin to apply these practices to our lives? In this introductory workshop we will give an overview of what it actually means to be mindful, how it benefits day to day living, and above all some rudimentary tools to practice mindfulness. At the end of the workshop you will have a good idea of what these concepts are and may begin to apply them to your life.
In the Fall, Washington Yoga Center plans to offer regular sessions in which the concepts will be delved in depth and skills developed to live mindfully through various forms of meditation. So, this workshop is a prelude to what is to come. No knowledge of mindfulness or meditation is required to start the program.
The class will be dedicated to managing stress over the holidays, focusing on interactions with family and food. The goal for the students is to leave having techniques and tools to deal with family dynamics over the holiday season and how to approach food during this time.
While the holiday season is full of celebration, also in full force are recurring interactions with family members that can rial us up, have us shutting down in frustration, and feeling depleted. Wouldn’t it be nice to have tools to work through those interactions that have a way of making us feel less than? Learning the skill of mindful communication will help you become more responsive than reactive during this time, and help you enjoy those who normally have a way of ruffling your feathers.
Cynthia Kane is a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor who teaches the skill of mindful and intentional communication. She’ll be sharing practical tips for working through difficult interactions over the holidays. Along with emotions that may come up during the holidays, food can present some challenges as well.
Mindful eating is a gentler way to approach food over the holiday season, by allowing yourself to eat what you enjoy without the guilt or worry that is often associated with food. The goal is to eat to fuel your body and enjoy with friends and family, so that you can enter the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Allison Tepper, Registered Dietitian, will discuss ways to incorporate mindful eating into holiday activities to decrease stress and improve quality of life.