Introduction to Mindfulness

Six Tuesdays, starting August 17, 2020 

8:30am-10am PST

Online, $80 ($20 for self-identified POC)

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What to Expect

In this class we will explore the foundations of mindfulness. Weekly discussions will include guided meditation with the intention of nurturing non-judgmental awareness. By the end of the series, students will have a deeper understanding of mindfulness and the confidence to continue practicing on their own. 

Scroll down for a full, week by week, class description.

Meet The Instructor

April Dávila attended her first day-long meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2002. Since then she has deepened her practice with a wonderful collection of teachers and sat several residential, silent retreats. 

She is currently in the final stages of a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, studying under Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. When she's not meditating or riding bikes with her kids, she can usually be found at her desk writing fiction.  

 

Class Outline

 

Class 1

What is Meditation?

We will discuss the different definitions of mindfulness. Digging into the history and traditions around the specific types of meditations we will be practicing, we will also dispel some of the myths around what it means to "do it right." This class will include shorter meditations appropriate for beginning practitioners. 

Homework: Students are asked to meditate daily for a minimum of 10 minutes. 

Class 2

Awareness of Body & Breath

Working with the breath as an anchor, we will explore what it means to be mindful of our bodies. We will also experiment with engaging our other senses in our mindfulness practice. The discussion for this class will include a review of the basic science around sensory input.

Homework: Students are asked to meditate daily for a minimum of 10 minutes. 

Class 3

Compassion

Compassion is a critical component of mindfulness. Nurturing a kind and curious frame of mind allows us to meet our experiences with non-judgmental awareness. This class will introduce a traditional Loving Kindness meditation as we deepen our practice and sit for a slightly longer, 15-minute sit. 

Homework: Students are asked to meditate daily for a minimum of 10 minutes. 

Class 4

Awareness of Thoughts

This class will dive into the neuroscience of mindfulness to explore thought. Topics will include: basic brain structure, the nature of habit, and how our thoughts effect our physical body. Armed with this knowledge, we can cultivate a deeper understanding of our thoughts through mindful observation of the present moment. 

Homework: Students are asked to meditate daily for a minimum of 10 minutes. 

Class 5

Awareness of Emotions

Building on the awareness we have cultivated in the previous four classes, we will expand our meditations to incorporate somatic experiences of the body. Class discussion will focus on managing powerful emotions. This class will include a longer, 25-minute guided meditation

Homework: Students are asked to meditate daily for a minimum of 10 minutes. 

Class 6

Intention (Bringing It All Together)

This class will act as an overview of the material covered in previous classes. Students will be encouraged to bring a mug of tea and join in a more open discussion. We will meditate together for 25 minutes and set intentions for ourselves going forward. Resources will be offered for continued study. 

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The Introduction to Mindfulness class is $80.

The cost is reduced to $20 for self-identified people of color (POC)

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If you have any trouble with registration, please email aprildavila@gmail.com

 

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