I teach Mindfulness 2.0 classes to all sorts of groups, and it is FUN!
Mostly, my classes are dedicated to certain groups (it would be frowned upon to include you a prison class, a company health initiative, or private session!) But check below or contact me, and I'll help you find a session to remember your way to mindfulness!
Joy Hacks 101
Learn the brain-backed tips for a more joy-filled life!
If you always wake up singing with the birds, go ahead and skip this happy hack-fest. But if you are looking for ways to scatter more joy in your dailyness, this is the class for you. You’ll learn centuries-old meditation techniques AND the latest in neuroscience, biology, epigenetics, and physics to launch yourself back into your natural state of joy (we were all born happy, after all!) It’s fun, ridiculously easy, and laughter is guaranteed! Oh, and those long-term benefits (Your brain will actually improve. Yep, neuroscientists have proven it!)…
We’ll go over simple, quick ideas (and by “quick,” I will show several that can cause physical changes in as little as 5 seconds!) that can send your day (and ultimately, your life!) into a much happier spot. Who doesn’t want more happy?!
Sunday, October 21, 1:30 -3:30 pm
Meditation Bar, 8108 Mesa Drive, Suite B103, Austin
Sign up HERE
Come comfy. Get happy!
Consecutive pictures of a brain on meditation
The longer he meditates, the more he "lights up!" (This particular brain performed better on a verbal fluency test; increased concentration levels; and improved heart rate and breathing.)
Meditating for Better Brain Power
“Prove it,” we Americans say about pretty much everything. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” we pronounce defiantly. So, it is with great delight and appreciation that I read studies (there are more every day!) that scientifically, measurably “prove” the value of meditation on the brain (and other parts). Recently, for instance, I noted these studies:
Central & Autonomic Nervous System Interaction is Altered by Short-term Meditation
Brief Meditation Training Induces Smoking Reduction
Short-term Meditation Training Improves Attention and Self-regulation
Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Serum Cortisol of Medical Students
Cognitive-Affective Neural Plasticity Following Active-Controlled Mindfulness Intervention
So now that all this proof is in, what are you waiting for? Is it time to upgrade your brainpower, legally and with no dangerous side effects?! Join this short series, and learn several neuroscience-backed techniques to improve your focus, decision-making, analysis, logic, productivity and “inter-hemispheric activity (intuition), among other—DOCUMENTED—benefits!
Please join the upcoming 4-week series, Meditating for Better Brain Power!
When: Mondays, 6:30-8 pm
September 17, 24, and October 1, 8
Where: Body Business Fitness Club,
2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin
How Much: $79/Members | $85 Guests (for the series)
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Cicero called gratitude “the mother of all virtues.” That guy really knew what he was talking about! Remembering—and basking in—gratitude is one of the most joy-filled, transformative gifts we can offer ourselves and the world. Practicing gratitude can not only make us happier, but improve health (while reducing the feelings of pain), upgrade self-esteem, extend lifespan, better relationships—oh, this list goes on and on and on (thank you, diligent researchers!)
Please join us as we identify ways to invite gratitude to the center of our lives, and enjoy its unbounded benefits. We will practice several meditation techniques, and discover “gratitude hacks” we can easily include in our dailyness. Oh, and wear super comfortable clothes and come ready to laugh!
When: Saturday, September 1, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Meditation Bar, 8108 Mesa Drive Suite B103, Austin
Why: To create a more joy-filled life!
Recommended reading: Already Here: the matter of Love.
Already Here is a passionately-considered and beautifully-presented work on staking your claim to joy and sanity in a world where so many are now convinced that the opposite must necessarily be the norm… there are those who may describe Already Here: the matter of Love as an instant modern classic…They just might be right in that assessment.
Meditation 101 and Signing
Come visit one of Austin's oldest literary treasures, and experience an evening of peace and inspiration! I'll offer a meditation primer, and share my favorite mindfulness hacks! Come with questions and we'll explore them!
When: Wednesday, August 15, 7-8:30 pm
Where: 5501 North Lamar Blvd., A-105
Please join my next Meditation 101 class, and find your peace over 4 sessions! Ahhhh!
You've heard great things about it, like how meditation helps:
Grow a bigger brain (think: memory and concentration)
Shrink the “YIKES, I’M SCARED!” part of your brain (AKA, amygdala)
Get healthier (including weight loss!!)
SO much more!
But how do you even start to meditate in the middle of all life's noise? This class covers everything you need to know about meditating!
How to do it: we’ll review several different styles (not all: there are as many ways to meditate as there are pictures of the Kardashians!)
Why meditate: thankfully, science has documented lots of reasons, plus you will just feel it!
The history of meditating: meditation may actually be as old as dirt!
Tips for maintaining a practice: oddly, the more you sit and “do nothing,” the more you get done!
We are offering two (simultaneous) classes:
Mondays, July 9-30 at 6:30, OR Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 2, at noon
Body Business Fitness Club, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin
$79 for the series for members/$85 for Non-Members
I look forward to seeing you!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is my only public class for July, so feel free to Share this INfo with anyone who may want a little more ahhhhhh in their life!
Past public events:
Science and Spirituality
Please join us for this fun and surprising class...yes, scientific proof of our connectedness IS fun and surprisingly surprising!
I'm excited to be teaching an upcoming Gratitude Workshop at Body Business on Anderson Lane! Gratitude Workshops have turned out to be everyone's favorite (check out my June 12 blog about an attendee who used what she learned at a recent Gratitude Workshop to find her best weight-loss tool ever!)
When: Tuesday, July 25, 6:30-8:30
Where: Body Business Fitness Club, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin (I LOVE this place! It's not just about building bodily strength, but inner strength, as well!)
Cost: $35 for Body Business members. $40 for non-members.
Sign up here
I look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes, and--as always--be ready to laugh!
Science AND Spirituality
My whole world rocked when I started finding study after study that supported my belief in Something Bigger. Thank you so much, Science! So, fast-forward to August 14th, when I'll be leading a workshop entitled "Science and Spirituality."
It turns out, the two are NOT at odds, and in fact, science is measurably backing up what meditators, and believers in Something Bigger have known for eons: consciousness matters. And a Pew Research Poll even found that practically 60% of US Scientists don't even dis the idea of a higher power. Come find out the (often hilarious) details from a wide array of sources: from NASA to HeartMath, covering topics as diverse as physics, chemistry, genetics, biology, and biocentrism. No knowledge of chemical equations or physics jargon necessary :) Just come ready to learn some surprising insights that may change your view of the world!
When: Monday, August 14, 6:30-8:30
Where: Be Well Yoga House, 1906 West Koenig Lane, Austin
Sign up here: BeWellYoga@gmail.com or call 512.658.2654
In May, I'm happy to be leading a workshop on my FAVORITE topic:
Please join us for the fun, and learn how to bring so much more to be grateful for into your life!
The location is beautiful, and much laughter is guaranteed.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothing!
If you are in west Austin, you may be interested in my upcoming 4-week series at Sarasana, and look for this image:
On May 20 and 21, I'll be doing a 6-hour workshop at Be Well Austin called "Mobilizing Mindfulness: Peace In, Peace Out." Here's the description:
Even if we aren’t in charge of government policy or our neighbor’s idea of “beautiful” landscaping, we are—fortunately—each in charge of our own happiness! This laugh-filled, interactive workshop includes lecture, discussions, fun (often surprising) exercises, meditation practices, and peace hacks (maybe the best part).
Meditation is one of the most self-helping, world-peacing things we can do. By consciously superintending those 70,000-ish (same-ish) daily thoughts routing through our brains, we can remember our innate Peace. But inward examination and release are only the beginning, they are the chorus of a new song. “Mobile Mindfulness” moves us beyond zafu-sitting and into the world; consciously wrapping the peace from our meditations around our dailynesses. And how that shows up every day is the new verse.
This weekend is about the new verse. How do we take responsibility for the conversation in our heads and outwardly bless ourselves and the world? Join the fun and find out! All are welcome.
Email us for more information on/to sign up for this fun workshop.
And if you can't make it in person...