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Meditation Instruction

Research shows that a regular meditation practice can restore emotional balance, reduce stress, improve health and actually change the brain’s gray matter.  Practitioners report a greater sense of well-being, contentment, and feeling of connection to others.  Mindful meditation helps one awaken to the richness of each moment in life.  With practice, one can become aware of habitual reactions to stressors and discover new ways of responding to life’s challenges.

Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Management
Special: Tuesday January 16, 7 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. Please register by calling (856) 404-7287, by e-mailing Rhonda 
Location: Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Road, Cherry Hill, NJ

This workshop will provide you with an overview of mindfulness and the important role it can play in reducing stress and improving the quality of your life.

Lori will review the fundamentals of Mindfulness-Based Stress Management and, through a variety of awareness exercises, you will become familiar with this practical time-proven approach that has helped thousands of people achieve greater balance, vitality and health. In this introductory program you will learn:

  • What mindfulness is and how it can reduce stress and enhance well-being
  • A variety of basic mindfulness techniques
  • Applications of mindfulness in day-to-day living

Many people are drawn to mindfulness from a desire to bring more peace into their lives. We live in a fast-paced, stressful world and often feel pressured by technology, responsibilities and even our own negative self-beliefs. Mindfulness allows us to center ourselves and put the power of our happiness back in our own hands. With consistent practice, Mindfulness-Based Stress Management has been shown to help:

  • Improve mood and energy
  • Increase focus and mental clarity
  • Manage difficult situations and emotions
  • Enhance communication
  • Improve health

Mindfulness Based Stress Management 8-Week  Course
Date: Tuesday evenings, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, & 20, 2018
Includes a Silent Mindfulness Retreat, Sunday March 3, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Time: 7:00 – 9:15 p.m.

Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Road, Cherry Hill, NJ Register here
Cost:   $450, including materials.

During this Mindfulness-Based Stress Management (MBSM) course, you will learn meditation techniques to help calm the mind, deal with disturbing thoughts and emotions, focus attention, enhance the mind-body connection and improve relationships.  Through experiential learning, discussion and daily practice, you can develop inner resources to make positive changes in your life.

Each week, you will be introduced to mindfulness practices to strengthen your ability to be more present. As you deepen the connection with your innate wisdom, you will learn to take better care of yourself and choose more effective ways of responding to life’s stresses and challenges.

Rather than being driven by assumptions of how things should be, living in the past or worrying about the future, you will learn how to engage in life with openness, compassion and ease. Committing to class attendance and home practice will enable you to derive the greatest benefits from this program.

The MBSR program was originally developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn as a means to help people cope with chronic physical and emotional pain. It helped bring mindfulness meditation into the “medical mainstream” and is offered in corporate, government, hospital, work and learning environments around the world. Research has demonstrated that participants in MBSR programs may experience:

  • Less stress reactivity
  • A decrease in chronic pain
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Sharper focus
  • Improved memory
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved sleep
  • Better communication
  • A more peaceful and balanced life.

Read more from “What Does Mindfulness Meditation  Do to Your Brain?” in The Scientific American.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • My mind is too busy to meditate. Will this work for me? Yes. This is about paying attention to what is with acceptance and curiosity. This tends to calm the mind and produces many benefits. This is not about making the mind or thoughts “do” anything or change.
  • Do I have to practice every day? Daily practice is encouraged and will produce the most benefit out of the course. Even a few minutes a day will help maintain consistency.
  • Do I have to sit on a cushion cross-legged and meditate? No. The course offers ways you can incorporate the techniques into daily life so several kinds of meditation are offered. Group participation will be done from a chair.

For questions, more information or to register please call Rhonda Leone on (856) 404-7287 or e-mail Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net. Space is limited, register early!

A sampling of comments from recent course evaluations:

“Fantastic journey (guided) of self-discovery and spiritual development: Look forward to each new moment and day of awareness and unlearning of things from the past 15 years.  Very grateful. ” Julie S.

“I found this class awesome and life-changing.” Lauren P.

“Lori was outstanding. Skeptical going in but discovered a higher purpose when finished course. Never finished growing, learning, improving.” Steve B.

Mindfulness Sessions for Experienced Meditators
Dates:  Sunday evenings, January 21, February 18, March 18, 2018
Time: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Road, Cherry Hill, NJ Register here

Mindful meditation practice allows one to cultivate a life rooted in presence, wisdom and compassion. These sessions, based on modern science and ancient wisdom, may include

  •     instruction, discussion, and short talks
  •     guided meditations to settle the mind, open the heart and enhance body awareness
  •     strategies for integrating mindfulness in daily living

Beginner and experienced meditators are invited to join a community of people seeking to live with more clarity, authenticity and open-heartedness.

Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in Sessions
Date:  Thursday evenings, ongoing
Time:    7 – 8 p.m.

Location:  Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ
Cost:  $13 drop in free (Discount with class card)

These weekly mindfulness meditation sessions include guided meditations, discussion, and occasionally gentle movement or walking meditation.  Together we practice moving beyond our habitual patterns to be more awake, accepting, patient, and compassionate.   By learning to let go of struggle and to meet experience in a relaxed, alert and openhearted manner, we can better navigate all aspects of life, even the parts that are challenging.  Attending weekly classes is suggested to gain the cumulative positive effects of meditation and to sustain an at-home practice necessary for long-term change.

What to expect when attending your first class: Please try to arrive several minutes early as classes begin promptly. You will be greeted warmly at the check-in desk. We request that shoes be removed before entering the meditation room. You are welcome to sit in a chair, sit or lie on a blanket, or to use your own meditation cushion. Props are available to help you feel more comfortable.

Many people report feeling relaxed, calm, or peacefulness during meditation practice. But occasionally when we unplug from the usual distractions and noises of our busy day, anxiety or other unpleasant sensations/emotions can arise.  As the facilitator, I can help you navigate any feelings of discomfort that you may experience.

Cultivating Compassion for the New Year Retreat with Dr. Dan Gottlieb & Lori Volpe
(*Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances*)

Forgiveness as a Path to Love with Dr. Dan Gottlieb and Lori Volpe
4 consecutive weeks: Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m., March 27 – April 17, 2018
Location: Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Road, Cherry Hill, NJ
Cost: $250
Registration details:  Please email Lori to request the course Registration Form.  You will receive further information on how to submit payment after your application is reviewed.

Unhealed resentments hinder our ability to fully experience love.  Forgiving oneself and others can open our hearts and help us let go of lingering anger, bitterness and resentment.  Through asking forgiveness from those we may have harmed, and cultivating forgiveness for those who have harmed us, we can live lives of greater compassion and wellbeing.  Join us in exploring the powerful process of forgiveness and what it can mean for you.

In this four-week class we will:

  • Learn what forgiveness really means and its proven benefits.
  • Identify, process, and begin to let go of resentments and disappointments.
  • Explore the fear of letting go.
  • Recognize current patterns of behavior that may be related to our wounds.
  • Practice meditations that can lead to forgiveness of the self and others.
  • Practice techniques that help remove blocks to self-compassion.

Dharma Study Group with Lori Volpe and Tenzin Kalsang
Sunday afternoons, January 14, 28, February 11th & 25
Time: 3 – 4:45 p.m.
Pre-registration is required by Saturday morning prior to each session. Please email lorivolpe@verizon.net
Cost: By donation

Come join us as we will practice mindfulness, lovingkindness and other forms of meditation, discuss Buddhist texts as they relate to modern life, and create a community of dharma practitioners (sangha). Through practice and discussion, and with a little help from Tibetan monks, we can deepen our practice and gain a clearer understanding of ancient wisdom. The atmosphere of these sessions, previously held at a rural monastery, was informal, warm, and sometimes infused with humor. Regular attendance will allow you to benefit most from these sessions.

The two texts we will begin with are: The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva and Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness by Orgyen Chowang. You can find  The Way of the Bodhisattva available online at no charge but there are also books that include commentary, including No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chodron.  

Introduction to Mindfulness in the Workplace – 4 weekly hour-long sessions at your place of business. Covers the basics of Mindfulness Meditation and includes guided meditations for at-home practice.  Or, tailor the instruction to your workplace and any issues taking place (stress, tension between staff, etc.).

Private Instruction available.  

Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies verify that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. It is no surprise that this practice has steadily grown in popularity.