Mindfulness Classes

The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness offers and facilitates a number recurring classes each year to help people develop and maintain a mindfulness practice. Having trouble sustaining a personal practice? Many of our classes can contribute to participation in our Annual Meditation Challenge.

Attitudes of Mindfulness 8-Week Series

The attitudinal factors of mindfulness “constitute the major pillars of mindfulness practice” according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. Each meeting in this series will address one or more of Kabat-Zinn’s fundamental attitudes from his book Full Catastrophe Living. Group guides will offer a teaching on the topic of the day, lead a related practice, moderate a group discussion, and suggest between session “homework”. Zinn’s book is useful, but not necessary for this course. Bring a notebook for journaling and other written exercises and a cushion to sit on if you like – we have a limited number of cushions and folding chairs on hand.

Upcoming Offering:
8 Mondays May 13 – July 8, 2019 from 7-8:30 pm with Angie Hardage, LMLPTracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200 (register here)

  • May 13: Non-judging (Tracy)
  • May 20: Patience (Angie)
  • May 27: Memorial Day No Class
  • June 3: Beginner’s Mind (Angie)
  • June 10: Trust (Tracy)
  • June 17: Non-striving & Letting Go (Angie)
  • June 24: Acceptance (Angie)
  • July 1: Gratitude & Generosity (Tracy)
  • July 8: Compassion (Tracy)

Fees (click to purchase a pass):
$80 for the series for Members
$160 for the series for non-members

*No refunds are given on or after the day the series for which you are registered starts. You must cancel before the start of the series if you would like a refund.

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Inside-Out – A Body Awareness Workshop: Take Control of Your Stressed-Out Body, Mind and Nervous System

Friday May 3, 2019 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm with Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW

This important group health-based educational and supportive workshop will explore key information regarding your stress response, body awareness, nervous system, and brain-based sensory skills. Somatic (body-based) wisdom is critical to developing greater awareness, health and control over how toxic stress tends to chronically reside in your body and mind. The lack of awareness of how your body holds and maintains stressors and negative thoughts can keep you and your nervous system trapped within various health problems, anxiety and bodily symptoms. Many of these unhealthy symptoms often originate or become worse from the inability to effectively manage certain stressors. Consequently, many people can experience ongoing stress lodged in their bodies and nervous systems with symptoms such as: chronic pain/aches, low immune system, higher blood pressure, chronic fatigue, sleep problems, over-eating/under-eating, dietary issues, digestive issues, contracted muscles, contracted postures, headaches, many colds/flu, negative thinking, constant worrying, anxiety and states of feeling overwhelmed.

Your body is the grand container of all human experiences and your nervous system is finely tuned to support every bodily function as well as your reactions to stressors. It is very important to understand how you can use key somatic knowledge, skills and practices to enhance your potential to take control of your bodily-sensory responses to stressors through nervous system awareness. By bring mindfulness to your body, you can also experience the opportunity to increase your energy, sense of greater self-control, reduce discomfort, worry less and finally have useful tools to self-manage and self-soothe your day-to-day stress in the moment. Fine-tuning your nervous system can fine tune and improve your “inside-out health.

In this course you will gain:

  • Greater understanding of the:
    • realities and true impact of chronic stress on the mind and body
    • symptoms and signs of chronic stress and their relationship to mental-emotional activity
    • workings of the autonomic nervous system and how to fine tune and manage it
    • benefits of practicing skills of mindful body awareness and connection
  • Brain based skills, sensory practices and simple mindful movements for:
    • tuning into the language of the body to discover health and wise choice-making
    • mindfully calming the nervous system in the moment
    • creating cues within your day-to-day life to practice skills naturally
  • Support from your group members and the instructor
  • Instruction in how to develop greater self-control, impulse control, mental control, and inner calmness when stress arises for personal empowerment

Fees (click to purchase your pass):

Once you’ve purchased your pass, register for the upcoming course here: https://mindfulness-alliance.punchpass.com/classes/3027633

*No refunds are given on the day of the class for which you are registered. You must cancel before the day of the class if you would like to use your pass on another date.

**Open to the general public, but 3 CEs are available for licensed mental health professionals in KS and MO.

Intro to Mindfulness

We’re awake on one level, but on another we are merely sleep walking. Pulled by countless distractions, ruminating on the past, or worrying about the future – we’re often not really present in our lives. Mindfulness is a state of moment-by-moment non-conceptual awareness. As Jon Kabat-Zinn would say, the process of cultivating mindfulness is “advanced training in mobilizing deep inner resources for coping & healing”. The practices reconnect us with the innate ability to focus and shift attention, inhabit and feel at home in the body, and relate to difficulty with compassion and wisdom.

This four part experiential workshop for adults teaches the fundamentals of mindfulness and offers an introduction to many of the formal and informal practices. No previous experience with yoga or meditation is required. Each meeting begins with gentle, mindful yoga to reconnect with the body, provide grounding, and prepare the mind for the stillness practices.

Instruction and guidance are provided in several forms of mindfulness meditation as well as mindful eating and mindful walking. The attitudes of mindfulness are explored and time for discussion is included. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat for movement. If you have a favorite cushion for meditation you are welcome to bring it as well.

Yoga mats, chairs and props are available for those who need them. No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee, but you will not be reimbursed for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses.

Upcoming Courses:

  • Four Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm July 10 -31, 2019 in the Peace Pod at 11100 Ash St. Ste. 103 Leawood, KS 66211 with Certified MBCT Teacher Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200– sign up here

Once you’ve registered for the course you wish to attend, please purchase your pass below:

$120 members
$150 non-members

*No refunds are given on or after the day the series for which you are registered starts. You must cancel before the start of the series if you would like a refund.