New Year, New Meditation Offerings!

We are thrilled to announce five January opportunities to meditate together at the studio!

If you would like to start each week on a mindful note, join Beshka Moore on Monday mornings at 8 a.m.  Begin your day with this meditation class designed to calm your mind, settle your body, and bring a new and softer focus to the rest of your day. In this class, we will begin with breath work which will prepare us for guided mindful meditation. This one-hour class is wonderful for all levels of yoga and meditation experience—beginners are welcome!  

About the teacher:  Beshka discovered meditation as a college student and found that it “changed everything” for her.  She been meditating more than 25 years and teaching meditation for more than 8 years.  In addition, Beshka has both participated in and led meditation workshops.  In this class, Beshka will begin with foundational and accessible meditation techniques.  She will also teach a variety of techniques, including options like breathing, awareness/mindfulness, loving kindness/forgiveness, healing the inner child, chakra healing/balancing, guided visualization, and learning to deal with uncomfortable emotions. 

If you would like to continue the monthly meditation you started at The Downing Museum or just prefer a Saturday session, join Alice Simpson on Sat., Jan. 25, at 11 a.m.  In this 70-minute session, participants will explore several approaches to mindfulness meditation, including breath awareness, body scan, mindful eating, guided visualization, and mindful listening. We will also study the practice of R.A.I.N., a mindful way of managing difficult situations.  We welcome both beginners and experienced meditators to this transformative practice.

About the teacher:  Alice has practiced mindfulness and vipassana meditation for over 10 years. She completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine in 2014. Since then, she has studied other styles of meditation and deepened her knowledge of evidence-based mindfulness practices. Alice has been formally teaching mindfulness workshops and classes and guiding mindfulness meditation in a variety of settings for over five years. Alice’s approach of “one size does not fit all” is especially appealing. In her classes, she teaches open and fresh concepts consistent with the four foundations and nine attitudes of mindfulness. 

We are delighted that both Beshka and Alice are sharing their decades of combined meditation experience and expertise with our community!

As with our yoga classes and in keeping with our mission to make yoga and meditation accessible to our community, these sessions are drop-in (no reservation needed) and have a $5 class fee.  Students are always welcome to borrow studio props, including chairs, to provide comfort and ease.

Selection of Alice’s meditation resources on the mantle at the studio.
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