The “Community Sit” at Midtown Mindfulness is led by the teachers from Equilibrium-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (http://equilibrium-mbsr.com) and is a 45 minutes to an hour meditation and teaching several times a month. Donations to cover the rent are accepted, but no fee is required. Meditation is not necessarily a religious or a spiritual practice, although it can be part of either of these. It can be the development of a discipline of living in the moment, a practice of building a different relationship with bodily experiences including chronic pain, or a way of observing thoughts and feelings instead of simply swirling around with them. As with yoga, there are many different schools of meditation. Here at Midtown Mindfulness, we encourage meditation as a practice to develop the core aspects of the self: emotional, mental, and perhaps spiritual. Meditation facilitates learning to observe patterns of the mind and, often by doing so, changing patterns of thought and behavior.
Meditation is a practice designed to give the practitioner tools of non-judgmental awareness and compassion for self and others.
Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, June 13-Sept 12: Mindful Care Yoga (mindfulcareyoga.com) This yoga class, taught by Julia Bledsoe, Certified Yoga Instructor, “…introduces a balanced blend of breath awareness, classical and restorative poses intended to improve functional movement and balance. Offered in a safe and supported environment, this is yoga for every body; all ages, body types, and fitness levels welcome. These classes are suitable for those living with chronic illness, recovering from cancer, trauma, or injury.” Full 12 weeks: $150; 4 class pass $65, drop in $17. To sign up, please phone or text Julia at 775-848-4368. Julia@mindfulcareyoga.com
Fridays, 6-7pm: Community Yogi (https://www.communityogi.com/about) offers Friday Evening Bliss, a class in Yin Yoga taught by Lee Ann Maynard, Certified Yoga Instructor. This class is designed “to release and refresh your body and mind after the stresses of a busy week.” At Community Yogi, we “believe in making yoga and meditation classes affordable and accessible for everyone…. Our mission is to bring the transformational power of mindfulness to those who may not otherwise have found it, so students can choose their price for every class we offer, and can even try yoga and meditation for free!” The suggested “Prana Pay” (https://www.communityogi.com/prana-pay) is $12 per class, except for the Yoga and Reiki class on the second Tuesday of the month, when there are two instructors. The fourth Friday of the month is Yoga and Poetry. Sign up at https://www.communityogi.com/friday-bliss-midtown-mindfulness Questions? e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-334-0071.
Yoga is a practice of being at peace within one’s body through trust and attunement to what the body needs.