Free Introduction to Mindfulness 2015 March

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  • Mar 24, 2015, Tuesday
    March 24, 2015
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Mar 28, 2015, Saturday
    March 28, 2015
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mar 31, 2015, Tuesday
    March 31, 2015
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Introduction to Mindfulness

With Geeta Cowlagi

 The Introduction to Mindfulness class is based on the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program, founded in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Cost:  Free.  Please register above.

We explore mindfulness through practices of meditation, body-awareness and mindful movement in this class.  This class is a prerequisite for the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program.

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for the 8-week class starting April 7, 2015 at Casa de Luz that includes a full day Silent Retreat (24 hours of instruction).  The fee for the 8-week class is $450 with sliding scale scholarships available.

Who can attend:  Anyone interested in exploring mindfulness practices for stress reduction.  No prior practice is necessary.  All exercises will be modified to meet the individual needs of participants.

What to wear:  Comfortable clothing that allows for gentle stretching and comfortable sitting.

Options to sit:  Chairs and back-jacks (for supported floor seating) will be provided.  If participants already have a meditation practice for which they use a meditation cushion, they are welcome to bring it along.

The 8-Week MBSR Program:

This program is taught through an 8-week class that meets once a week for 2 hours.  Participants are also required to attend a day-long silent retreat that is teacher led.

In the 8-week program, participants are trained in mindful meditation that helps them explore their reactivity and response to stress.  In addition, practices that explore the mind-body connection are explored through mindful movement and body-awareness.  The practices of developing stress hardiness through training in kindness and self-compassion and training in mindful communication are also offered.

The MBSR Program is evidence based and has been clinically proven to benefit people reporting a variety of concerns:*

Stress – caused by work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, and several other factors of daily living.

Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, GI distress, skin disorders, and many other conditions.

Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Prevention and wellness –including health enhancement and learning a better sense of balance in life.

This program is offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments.  This workshop gives a very brief introduction to the practices.  An ongoing commitment to deepen the understanding and practice of the five foundational tools is encouraged and is required to reap the full benefits of this program.

*  Information used with permission from the Center for Mindfulness.  For more information on the clinical research and more information on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction please visit


Venue Website:

1701 Toomey Road, Austin, Texas, 78704, United States


The event is held in one of the conference rooms at Casa de Luz (signs to the room will be prominently displayed on the day of the event).  An organic vegetarian restaurant is available on the premises.

Parking: There is a city parking lot across the street that is usually free after 4 p.m., except on some days when there are nearby events.  Please be sure to read the signs every time and pay the meters if necessary.  More information.

There is also parking available on the street, but you must always pay for it.