with Jennifer Lenhart via Zoom
8 Wednesday Evenings
September 9--October 28
Less Reactive…More Resilient
Recent research conducted at Stanford and Harvard provides “exciting evidence that small doses of mental training, such as an eight-week mindfulness course, can create important changes in one’s mental well-being.” Modern science and research are confirming what ancient wisdom has taught for millennia: meditation and mindfulness are good for you.
An 8-week mindfulness course in stress reduction can allow the brain to become “less reactive and more resilient.” By practicing mindfulness and meditation in everyday life, we can improve concentration, become more resilient to stress, and feel more compassion for others. We become aware of our emotions, are better able to manage them, and develop the ability to make mindful choices. Mindful living allows us to work towards integrating mind, body, and spirit and to act with right intention and thoughtfulness in every situation.
Change Your Mind…Change Your Life
Most of us at some point suffer from disturbances of the mind such as worries, self- doubt, stress, low self-esteem, and even panic, and stress-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death in the US. However, mindfulness meditation and practice in everyday life helps change the way our brains respond to negative thoughts and can help to ease those disturbances and reduce stress.
Overview of the Course
Students will explore their everyday lives through journaling and discussion and learn basic meditation and relaxation techniques to help them cultivate mindfulness in seven key aspects of everyday life: food/nutrition/eating; workplace; home life; money/finances; community; the natural world; and spirituality/aging/death. The course is open to anyone ready to delve deeply into mindful living.
Each class will consist of discussion/journaling and dharma talks, asana (yoga) practice, meditation instruction and practice, and breath work instruction and practice. Weekly homework assignments will include journaling, meditation, and readings.
There are two required books (students provide their own books and should have them for the first session): "Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life" by Thich Nhat Hanh and "Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart" by Ram Dass.
Tuition is $250 and includes 8 two-hour workshop sessions, handouts and materials, and a recommended reading list. Register
What Some Past Participants Say
"This course changed my life! It changed my perspective and how I think about life. It gave me the tools I needed to practice mindfulness. I took this course in 2009 and I’m still grateful for everything Jen taught me! "
"This workshop changed my life. Quite honestly I think it rewired my brain!!! It's been about ten years since I took it and still tell people how life changing it was." --Karla R.
"'Mindfulness for Everyday Life' is a life changer. Jen's approach to teaching this topic (which I once viewed as intimidating) is experiential, thoughtful and down-to-earth. Additionally, I credit this course as my introduction to Thich Nhat Hanh's 'Peace is Every Step' which I now read at least once a year as a life guide and spiritual text. Every time I open it, I think fondly of Jen and the people I met who were and are on the same journey as I am. I took this class as a newbie to the Lakewood community and it was truly a welcoming and warm environment. Highly recommend!" --Jenny W.
"Absolutely loved this course! I’ve returned to the text, teachings and my own little notebook often (and am inspired a bit now again)..." --Alison G.
"No one who takes Jennifer’s classes can come away from them unchanged. If you are on the fence about this workshop, DO IT."
"Mindfulness for Everyday Life was the highlight of my week. Not only did I learn tools for a happier life to incorporate into my days, but I made several friends that today are still cherished friends. Jennifer does a fabulous job explaining the materials while also being gentle and welcoming to all levels. I recommend this course for anyone looking to either expand their meditation practice or someone struggling with mild
depression." --Beth Y.
"You opened my mind, Jennifer!!!!!!!!" --Shelly G.
About the Instructor
Jennifer Lenhart is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She stepped onto the yoga path in 1994 and began teaching in 2009 after graduating from Marni Task's yoga teacher training program.
She is the owner of Satsang Yoga Studio in Berea, Ohio; is a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner; has led residential yoga & meditation retreats locally and internationally; is a certified Y12SR: Yoga of 12-Step Recovery leader; and holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature.
Monthly Friday Fundraiser Flow & Saturday Satsang
Each month we typically offer two classes by cash donation to support a non-profit, social justice, or charitable organization. With our limited class schedule due to COVID, we won't be holding in-person fundraisers this month, but I invite to you to make a donation directly to our August organization, Cleveland Sight Center.
Cleveland Sight Center's goal is to enable those who are blind or have low vision to achieve independence. We educate, empower and employ; providing training and guidance to our clients and the communities we serve.
Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) has served the needs of Northeast Ohio residents who are blind or have low vision for over a century. CSC offers developmental, rehabilitation and vocational services to ensure success in today’s society.The services are targeted for all age groups.
Our team of optometrists, therapists, employment specialists and other CSC staff are dedicated to assisting our clients live their lives to the fullest. Through education, recreation, training and assistive technology, CSC provides opportunities for those who are blind or have low vision to engage in activities and optimize remaining eyesight.