Be Mindful at the Library: Empower Your Mind to Improve Your Health - Back by Popular Demand

Be Mindful at the Library: Empower Your Mind to Improve Your Health

January – March 2011

Mindfulness series back by popular demand and will include a number of classes, workshops, and lectures that will help you empower your mind and body to improve your health!

Providence Public Library (Central Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence) announces the return of our popular Be Mindful at the Library series of adult learning programs to run January through March. Be Mindful at the Library: Empower Your Mind to Improve Your Health programs include varied Yoga classes, workshops, and lectures by local professionals, including introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Laughter Meditation Zen Meditation, Mindfulness training in Western medicine, herbals, and more.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is “living in the moment,” which involves paying attention to present moment with intention, while simultaneously withholding judgment. The theory behind its practice is that it allows us to respond and react more consciously (vs. on autopilot), and access our inner resources for coping effectively with stress and difficulty.

Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation practices and Yoga, and is sometimes referred to as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR uses meditation and complementary stress reduction techniques to foster healing and build an active partnership between patient and caregiver. It was developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and its Stress Reduction Clinic.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS AT CENTRAL LIBRARY TO DATE

Laughter Meditation

Saturday, January 22, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, First Floor Meeting Room (1st Floor)

COST: $5 suggested donation - or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the library.

Create unity, healing energy and joy with a chuckle. Be prepared for a hilariously uplifting experience. Mindfulness, deep breathing, seated guided Laughter and a Loving Kindness offering join forces to heal the body, clear the mind, soothe the soul and electrify your life.  We’ll begin with a brief history of Laughter for wellness and let you know why the old phrase “Laughter is the best medicine” rings true on many levels. No meditation experience needed – simply come with an openness to fun and feeling great!

Chris Belanger is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Laughter Yoga Leader, Yoga Nidra Guide and Chair Yoga Teacher. Chris shares the calming, energizing and healing powers of yoga and laughter at prominent yoga studios, wellness centers, events and residences throughout southern New England.  He is trained through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, American School of Laughter Yoga and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga. Learn more: www.wholeofthemoonyoga.com.

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Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Saturday, January 29 -- 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

FREE - or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the library.
Created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Stress Reduction Clinic, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) encourages you to actively participate in your health and well being. This introductory workshop will enhance your awareness of the interplay between mind and body in health and disease, which is the basis for preventive medicine. With its focus on non-judgmental awareness of our moment-to-moment experience, mindfulness is a natural human capacity that helps access our innate power to heal and to respond more effectively to stress, pain and illness.
About the Presenter

Erin Sharaf MA, PA-C, completed her physician assistant studies at Yale University School of Medicine. She participated in a professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and has interned with a senior instructor at the Center for Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program.She has had training in mind-body medicine at Mass. General’s Mind/Body Medicine Institute. She completed a master’s degree in Integrative Medicine at Lesley University.

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An Introduction to Yogic Breathing for Energy, Stress Reduction, and Relaxation

Saturday, February 19, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, First Floor Meeting Room (1st Floor)

COST: $5 suggested donation - or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the library.

Learn to harness the breath – it’s easy, portable, free and something you are always doing!  Participants will experience several ancient and simple, yet powerful, breathing exercises designed to raise & lower energy levels, reduce stress, and lift your mood. These techniques can be practiced by all ages at any time, in any place.
Chris Belanger is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Laughter Yoga Leader, Yoga Nidra Guide and Chair Yoga Teacher. Chris shares the calming, energizing and healing powers of yoga and laughter at prominent yoga studios, wellness centers, events and residences throughout southern New England. He is trained through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, American School of Laughter Yoga and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga. Learn more: www.wholeofthemoonyoga.com.

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Tea Time - The Healing Power of Tea

Saturday, February 26, 2:30 - 4:00 PM -- Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

FREE - or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the library.

Come meet folks from Providence’s own Farmacy Herbs and Community Health & Education Center and learn about their obsession with healing teas! We will taste different kinds of tea and discuss how teas and herbs can be used to increase vitality and health. This workshop will also cover the how-to of making herbal teas. If you are looking for ways to naturally promote wellness, balance and prevent illness, this is the workshop for you.

About the Instructor

Mary Blue, is a practicing herbalist and the Founding Director of Farmacy Herbs and Community Health & Education Center. She facilitates a 5-month herbal education and training program for budding herbalists and offers classes and workshops to gardening seniors and special interest groups and organizations. Over the last 12 years she has also taught numerous free garden, nutrition, and herbal workshops to children and high school students in Providence.

From 2004-2008 Mary was the Practicing Herbalist and Education Coordinator at Seven Arrows Herb Farm. She is a founding member of the following community groups:  The Annual Northeast Grassroots Community Herbal Convergence, Providence Recycle-A- Bike and The Northeast Radical Healthcare Network, Radherb (radherb.org).

Mary has been a student of many wonderful herbalists while attending Sage Mountains advanced program in 2006 and works to support the Northeast herbal community by attending conferences and organizing The Northeast Community Herbalist convergence. She has been awarded The Northeast Herbal Association Community Herbalist Award, 2008, for her dedication and commitment to the herbal community (northeastherbal.org). She has also developed her own line of specialized medicinal tinctures and teas which are available at Farmers Markets and local stores. For more information visit: http://farmacyherbs.com.

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Simple & Fun Seated Wellness for Office Workers – and Drivers too!

Saturday, March 12, 1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

COST: $5 suggested donation - or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the library.

 Join yoga teacher Chris Belanger for an eclectic mix of practical ways you can enhance your wellbeing right from your chair! We will explore a hodge podge of simple cubicle-friendly exercises including self massage, hand cramp relief movements, energy lifters, and immune system boosters. You will leave with easy to remember tools to soothe the rigors of sitting at a desk, or even behind the wheel.

Chris Belanger is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Laughter Yoga Leader, Yoga Nidra Guide and Chair Yoga Teacher.  Chris shares the calming, energizing and healing powers of yoga and laughter at prominent yoga studios, wellness centers, events and residences throughout southern New England.  He is trained through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, American School of Laughter Yoga and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga.

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Zen in the Real World: Starting or Deepening a Zen Buddhist Meditation Practice

Saturday, March 19, 1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

FREE - or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the library.

A dharma teacher from the Providence Zen Center will provide an introduction to Zen meditation, take questions, and lead a short group meditation.

The Providence Zen Center is a residential and non-residential community of lay persons and monastics in rural Rhode Island. Founded by Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn, it is the head temple of the international Kwan Um School of Zen. Its mission is to provide Zen training for all, through daily practice, regularly scheduled retreats and an international exchange of teachers and practitioners. The Zen Center was founded in 1972 in Providence and moved to its wooded 50-acre home in Cumberland in 1979. For more information: www.providencezen.org.

Providence Public Library is committed to providing quality programming on a variety of educational topics. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the individual presenters and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Library. We welcome community members to work with us to provide free, thought-provoking events of interest.

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