I have been teaching mindfulness classes since 2011, at a variety of locations in the central East Bay, including Castro Valley Adult School, Las Positas College, and several private companies.
These classes are of my own design, drawing from a variety of sources, including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago; the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program developed by Zindel Segal et. al. (whose teacher-training program I've taken); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which I've been using in my private practice for many years; and classes I've taught on stress management.
My classes are for adults (ages 20 to 80+) and require no prior experience with meditation or yoga. All activities are optional and can be modified for physical limitations. Class size varies depending on location.
A symbol for the idea of being here and now: mindfulness or present moment awareness
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS
In this introductory workshop, participants will find out what mindfulness is – and is not – and learn how it can be used to improve focus, increase happiness, relieve anxiety, treat stress and stress-related illness, and prevent relapses in addiction and depression. Sample some simple meditation practices and get information on resources for further practice. Typically offered as a 3-hour class.
Last offered as the first session of the "Mindfulness as Medicine" day-long event on Saturday, 9/22/18, at Las Positas College in Livermore. (Class dates and locations for 2020 to be determined.)
MINDFULNESS FOR BEGINNERS
Simple tools to relieve stress, worry and unhappiness
Introduces a simple yet powerful approach to dealing with stressful situations, negative thoughts, and difficult emotions. Participants will learn breathing techniques, exercises to transform how we think about and react to stress, and a variety of simple and brief meditative practices that can be readily incorporated into daily life. Participants are also encouraged to do daily home practice.
Last offered Winter 2019 in San Leandro. Class dates and location for 2020 to be determined.
KEEPING MINDFUL MEDITATION GROUP
Drop-in for meditation instruction and group discussion
Class meets monthly, dates and location below. Each class includes a 20-30 minute guided meditation practice (with basic instruction given for anyone new to meditation), a short presentation on a topic related to mindfulness, and group discussion about applying mindfulness to daily life. Open to any adult with an interest in mindfulness meditation.
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Dates & Time: We meet the second Tuesday, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Dates for Winter 2019 - 2020 are 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, and 3/10.
Location: 5820 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Ste 219, Pleasanton, CA 94588
Fee: $15. Cash or check only at this time.
Note: Door code required for entry. Please call or text Rebecca at 510-881-2540.