Be Mindful Series Continues

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

Mindfulness Series Continues with these April and May programs

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) is pleased to continue our popular Be Mindful at the Library series of adult learning programs through May. 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.

SPRING PROGRAMS SCHEDULED AT CENTRAL LIBRARY

How to Keep From Breaking Your Own Heart with Cardiologist Barbara Roberts, MD

Saturday, April 9, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

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

What Everyone Needs to Know About Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. Roberts, an award-winning cardiologist with more than three decades of experience, will discuss the latest research on heart health. She will cover such topics as cholesteral, statin drugs, heathy eating & lifestyle, as well as how to talk to your doctor. Her presentation will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience.

About the Presenter
Barbara Roberts, MD, FACC, is director of the Women's Cardiac Center at The Miriam Hospital. An award-winning cardiologist and leader in women's heath, she was the first female adult cardiologist in Rhode Island and was the first woman accepted into the Gorlin cardiology fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, a Harvard University Medical School Teaching Hospital.

Roberts was also among the first group of Ms. Magazine's "Found Women" and was chosen by the Rhode Island Medical Women's Association as the Woman Physician of the Year 2000. She is currently president-elect of the Rhode Island Medical Women's Association, which is a local affiliate of the national association.

Introduction to Basic Yoga with Chris Belanger

Saturday, April 23, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, First Floor Meeting Room

$5, or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the Library.

Yoga is the art of uniting the body, mind, and soul.  In this class, you will stretch and tone your muscles, cultivate concentration and clarity, and encourage peace and self acceptance. There are no "typical" yoga classes; however expect your experience to include: a period of centering, tuning in to the body, breath and mind, breath awareness and control (pranayama), gentle warm up movements, simple yoga postures (asanas) that stretch, strengthen and balance your body, and a period of deep relaxation.

About the Presenter
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.

Introduction to Basic Yoga with Chris Belanger

Saturday, April 30, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, First Floor Meeting Room

$5, or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the Library.

Yoga is the art of uniting the body, mind, and soul.  In this class, you will stretch and tone your muscles, cultivate concentration and clarity, and encourage peace and self acceptance. There are no "typical" yoga classes; however expect your experience to include: a period of centering, tuning in to the body, breath and mind, breath awareness and control (pranayama), gentle warm up movements, simple yoga postures (asanas) that stretch, strengthen and balance your body, and a period of deep relaxation.

Introduction to Basic Yoga with Chris Belanger

Saturday, May 14, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

$5, or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the Library.

Yoga is the art of uniting the body, mind, and soul.  In this class, you will stretch and tone your muscles, cultivate concentration and clarity, and encourage peace and self acceptance. There are no "typical" yoga classes; however expect your experience to include: a period of centering, tuning in to the body, breath and mind, breath awareness and control (pranayama), gentle warm up movements, simple yoga postures (asanas) that stretch, strengthen and balance your body, and a period of deep relaxation.


These programs are made possible with help from the John C. A. Watkins Fund for Lifelong Learning.

 
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