New Courses: Feb 26 - March 26 (with March 19 "off-week")
We're excited to announce 2 Introduction to Mindfulness courses in Helena. In both 4-week courses we will explore mindfulness from three key perspectives: (1) its Buddhist ethical and philosophical roots, (2) the development of a Western, scientific, secularized practice, and (3) our own personal experience with a variety of well-known practices.
While 4 weeks is often too little to gain lasting effects, certain aspects such as developing control over one's stress levels can come about in this time. The courses are intended to give a taste of the practice along with a variety of types of meditation/mindfulness that can be further explored and integrated into your life. You will also experience the changes that begin with the development of a regular meditation practice.
Merlin CCC: 4-Week Intensive Course
We will spend four weeks learning about, discussing, and practicing mindfulness. We will discuss the meaning of 'mindfulness' as it has come into our culture and the scientific developments studying it, from the inception of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to the current day. We also delve into what it means to practice mindfulness in our daily lives in terms of our relationships with others and ourselves, our sense of community and support, and beyond. Our practice with 'formal' meditations will lengthen through the course, and 'homework' will be assigned to allow participants to explore the practice and their experience from different angles. Registration is through Merlin CCC; link below will redirect you to the page there.
In this course we will follow a structured program, developing mindfulness practices as we deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world.
Tea will be provided.
To register/pay by check or cash or for any other registration questions, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Yoga Helena: 4-Week Intro with Drop-ins
Enjoy the warmth and comfy floors of Helena's only Hot Yoga studio as we explore together the development of mindfulness in 'formal' and 'informal' forms of meditation. We'll have guided meditations each week as well as opportunities to reflect on and discuss our experiences with the practice. Advances in science over the last 40 years, especially through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, will be presented along with the traditional roots of mindfulness meditation in Buddhism. Registration for this course is directly through Mindful Montana; link below is for PayPal.
After this course, you will have a well-rounded understanding of the complex history of mindfulness as well as the tools and experience to make it part of your life.
Each Wednesday we will also hold a drop-in session to further deepen and renew our practice. These will provide time to explore at least two forms of meditation in a longer format. Drop-in sessions are free to course participants as well as members of Hot Yoga Helena ($7 for others).