Mindfulness Program

Mindfulness is the awareness of the present moment while paying attention to our mind and body without any judgement.  It can also be considered a form of wakeful, meditative state and a secular practice.  It is believed to have originated somewhere around 500 BC, though the method in which it originated (Buddhism, Hinduism ..)  is debated.  When achieved, it is a state of being which is like any other state such as happiness, it needs constant recognition, awareness and commitment to remain in this state.  This is because with every experience we have, there is an equal emotion tied to the experience. The experience is not as important as how we feel about the experience. Our emotions create our experience and this practice allows you to work from the inside to achieve what is desired on the outside.  It also brings awareness that nothing is intrinsically right or wrong, other than the meaning we give it.  When we remove judgment from ourselves first, we can honestly evaluate each experience and emotion within us.

The original MBSR program (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) was created in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat- Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Today, according to a work by Dr. David Black (Director of the American Mindfulness Research Association and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California), 79% of medical schools offer some element of mindfulness training.

Our Mindfulness Program includes personalized coaching on mind-body awareness through awareness exercises, focusing, breathe work, walking medication, moving meditation eg. Yoga, guided meditation and guided imagery. It is focused on the mind-body connection and attaining mindful awareness.  Programs are held in Orange County, California and run between 6-8 weeks for 2-3 hours per week with a personal coach.

Awareness Coaching

Our one-on-one coaching is an incredibly effective tool to identify, enact and sustain improvements in your life for overall mindfulness.

Mindful Yoga Therapy

Yoga will help bring awareness to physical sensations while practicing mindful awareness without the mind wandering.

“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”

— Jon Kabat-Zinn, Creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic at University of Massachusetts Medical School

Benefits

Who Can Benefit

Mindfulness is said to benefit individuals with:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic Pain i.e. Fibromyalgia
  • Stress
  • Insomnia and Fatigue
  • Anger Management
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Addictions
  • Weight Loss
  • Gastrointestinal Distress
  • Skin Disorders

How Can You Benefit

Mindfulness can benefit individuals in the following ways:

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce burnout
  • Reduce “fight-or-flight” during difficult situations allowing for mental clarity
  • Provide inner peace
  • Greater self control
  • Better control and understanding of emotions
  • Less chance of rage
  • Greater ability to focus without mind wandering
  • Reduced rumination
  • Improve working memory
  • Reduced rumination
  • Greater cognitive flexibility

Research & Findings

Below are just a few of the latest among thousands of research findings available on Mindfulness.  For additional research, UC Los Angeles Mindfulness Awareness Research Center has gathered News and Publicity on mindfulness since 2006.

  • UCLA David Cresswell and his colleagues have found that MBSR improves immune function even in those with HIV
  • UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center found that adults and adolescents with attentional problems achieved more executive function improvements than would be accomplished with medications
  • University of New Mexico researchers found that participation in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course decreased anxiety and binge eating
  • UCLA found that mindfulness meditation helped decrease feelings of loneliness among the elderly, as well as boost their health by reducing the expression of genes linked with inflammation
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Health found that people who engage in mindful practices miss fewer days of work from acute respiratory infections, and also experience a shortened duration and severity of symptoms
  • University of Utah study found that mindfulness can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night

“Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.”

— Jon Kabat-Zinn, Creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic at University of Massachusetts Medical School

Our center offers a variety of Mindfulness and MBSR coaching, classes and meditations.

Mindfulness Meditation

Offering group Mindfulness meditations with different themes each week. Mindfulness meditation is unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from who are how we are right now. Instead, it helps us become aware of what is already true moment by moment and accept it without any judgment.

MBSR Group Classes

Classes on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are offered every quarter for a duration of 8-weeks with 2.5 hours of in-class instruction and 3-4 hours of at home exercises, reflections, journaling and meditations.  Please check our Classes & Workshop page for updates about upcoming classes and registration.

Mindfulness Coaching

Private Mindfulness/MBSR coaching is available for those who seen to work out traumas, illnesses, fears and more in a private setting.  Durations are 4, 6, 8-weeks meeting one-on-one for 2.5 hours each week with an additional 3-4 hours of  at home exercises, reflections, journaling and meditations.  Requests can be placed through our Contact page.