Mindful Living Program: Sunday 22 January 2017

Unique Opportunity: Early enrolment Specials available Here & Now

“We are all just walking each other home” Ram Dass

Daily meditations, support in taking mindfulness into our daily life, reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing.

Our Mindful Living Program is a unique opportunity to commit to 2 months of living mindfully.  Commitment involves a daily practice  for a minimum of twenty minutes, a weekly class and three monthly workshops. You receive support for taking mindfulness into your daily life: eating, driving, working, walking, loving, communicating. Open the doorway to the skill of meditation and bringing full awareness to the present moment. Mindfulness is an essential skill for navigating the ups and downs of life and emotions that can for all of us be overwhelming at times. Mindfulness practice is not a fix and does not give answers. It does however help you move from the zone of automatic so many of us gravitate to. Regular practice reduces stress, helps us to experience life from a wider perspective, and strengthens our abililty to discern and  problem solve. We begin to taste life, wonder, play, love and gratitude more fully and cultivate a whole new relationship with life.

“Our true Home is in the Present Moment….to live in the present moment is a miracle..peace is all around us in the world and in nature..and within us..in our bodies and our spirits..it is not a matter of faith it is a matter of practice”  Thich Nhat Hanh

Be part of a Mindful Living Community:

This program is intended to facilitate a shared experience in mindful living where participants support each other in their journey. The facilitator Sydel Weinstein shares information, resources, personal experience and provides a loving context.

“The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community; a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Who should do this training?

Mindfulness Training is for everyone. All of us are mindful at times and have the potential for mindful awareness. You do not have to be interested in Yoga necessarily. Body awareness is a foundation of our practice and mindful movement is one of our practices for deepening mind-body connection. The Mindful Yoga classes are gentle, simple general Hatha Yoga asana’s and deep-resting therapeutic yoga positions accessible to all. In Mindfulness practice and Mindful Yoga we are all beginners.

Mindfulness practice is recommended for all yoga students and teachers and will support you in taking your yoga practice to a deeper level.

Mindful Yoga classes are open to all at any point.

What does training involve?

3 Mindfulness Training Workshops:
Session 1: February 22nd  Sunday -10am-1pm (Body Awareness)
Session 2: March 15th Sunday – 10am-1pm (Emotions / Thoughts)
Session 3: April 19th – Sunday – 10am-1pm (Communication / Relationship)

Plus 12 Mindful Yoga classes: Wednesday nights at 7pm. First Wed class Wednesday February 25th
(Alternative Weekly Class time Friday’s 5.30pm Therapeutic Yoga)

PLUS your own Daily Practice adapted to individual needs. (We ask you to set aside a minimum of 20 minutes a day)

You receive monthly resources and at the end Mindful Living Resources for on-going practice.

Your facilitator Sydel is available for support by phone, email and at weekly classes as needed.

What are your Payment options?

For the whole program all workshops, classes, resources and materials the cost is $425 to be paid in advance. Concession $375. Great value!

Enrolments received before the Early Discount Deadline January 22nd are available at the reduced cost of $375 or $325 concession.

Kick-Starter Special opportunity to the first 5 enrolees $325 be quick!

Please note: If you are already an attending HoY student on a monthly program your cost is for the workshop/resources component only as mindful yoga classes are already available to you as part of your program. The cost is $275.

Any one attending 2015 Bali Yoga Retreat gets a bonus discount: $325

Please note: as with Home of Yoga policy we try to make our classes and trainings available to all and economy is not a barrier. Email us to discuss options and possibilities.

At the end of the training there is a special offer to purchase an optional ’10 or 20 class pack’ of ongoing Mindful Living Yoga classes, to encourage you to maintain regular practice and remain connected with community.

Enrolment as early as possible is encouraged so we have a sense of numbers.

This is a unique opportunity to create a mindful community and support each other in daily practice and the journey of mindful awareness & ‘coming home’.  Contact us now to book your place!

More on content and structure:

Mindfulness training is a basic life skill that everyone can benefit from. Worldwide, mindfulness is being taught in hospitals (particularly in the field of pain management), schools, prisons, workplaces and corporations, parenting centers, mental health and wellness centers and incorporated into sports training programs.

Considerable research is available to demonstrate the benefits of training – with gratitude to the pioneering work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and many others.

The art of mindfulness is the returning of our attention again and again to whatever is there for us in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It is a way of directly experiencing our body, the rhythms of our breath and our inner sense of being-ness. A way of witnessing our thoughts and feelings and the spaces in between. By listening and attuning in this way we can re-establish a whole new relationship with our self and bring a sense of unity to our body and mind. We can find a way of being at peace, of discovering a renewed sense of compassion and empathy towards our self, and others.

The practice of Mindfulness can be truly transformative and although in a sense simple takes effort and consistency this is why through time individuals have come together to create supportive Mindful Communities.

Yoga and Mindfulness 1: Journey into the Body and Breath.

The theme of this workshop is attuning to the body and its sensations, witnessing the breath as an anchor into the moment.

  • History, research and benefits.
  • The journey ahead – how to cultivate a mindfulness practice
  • Basic components – effort, attention, intention, curiosity, acceptance
  • Myths and expectations
  • The Body Scan
  • Yogic breathing and letting go
  • Grounding – taking mindfulness into daily life
  • Mindfulness as a stress management tool / the three minute ‘tune up’

Yoga and Mindfulness 2: “The Guest house”

  • In this workshop we use Rumi’s poem ‘The Guest house’ to explore the nature of thought and emotion. Research, Discussion and Sharing
  • Understanding the ‘monkey’ mind
  • The Nature of Emotion – Its connection to thought.
  • How to calm emotions that overwhelm
  • Creating our inner ‘home’
  • Mindfulness Tools – Poetry, Art, Sound, Mindfulness Journal

Yoga and Mindfulness 3: What a Wonderful World

Here we take mindfulness into relationship, the world, our daily life and work. We look at sustaining our practice with the ups, downs and challenges of life.

  • Research, Discussion and Sharing
  • The Social Brain – Interdependence
  • Attention = Empathy
  • Listening and Communication
  • Love, Connection, Attachment
  • Loving Kindness, Compassion and Responsibility
  • Keeping it Simple – Step by Step, Breath by Breath

Specialised bookings can be created for workplaces/organisations with flexible times to suit your needs. We can run trainings oriented to Stess Awareness, Mindful Birthing, Mindful Parenting, Mindful Schools and Mindful Workplaces.

For more information contact sydel@mentalhealthstation.org or sydel@homeofyoga.com

Meet your Facilitator Sydel Weinstein:

Sydel has been pracitising mindfulness, meditation and yoga since the late 1970’s and has from early in life a strong interest in spirituality and wellness.  After completing a  major in the sociology of psychiatry at Flinders University Sydel travelled extensively from the early 1980’s and 1990’s exploring meditation and therapeutic communities.  She has worked as a health and wellness consultant/ teacher with various modalities for almost 40 years and began teaching mediation classes in the 1990’s. After meeting her life partner and giving birth to her son Sydel and Sam created the Home of Yoga Healing & Wellness Centre, Family Nurturing Centre and Mental Health Station. Sydel is a Mental Health Educator and Master Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Senior Yoga Teacher and completed a Professional Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training Retreat with Jon-Kabat Zinn.

Sydel has been developing the ‘Mindful Living Program’ for over ten years at first as a series as workshops and over the past years as a two month training. She is particularly excited about devloping ‘Mindful Yoga’ and also the intergration of mindfulness into all the work they do at the ‘Home of Yoga Healing and Wellness Centre’. The Family Nurturing Centre classes all have a component of mindfulness from the creation of ‘Mindfulness Based Attachment Parenting’ term classes, ‘Mindfulness Based Infant Massage’ Training to workshops for ‘Mindful Birthing and Parenting’. Sydel has created ‘The Mindful Home’ website currently in development and ‘The Mindful Home’ facebook page as an expression of this ongoing work. In process is the creation of on-line trainings for those who are unable to attend regular classes.

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