Mindfulness Based Stress Management
For professionals, managers and supervisors
This six or eight week program focuses on mindfulness/awareness meditation, deep release yoga, and other stress management practices designed to bring balance and openness into the work culture. Taming the Stress of Success teaches participants how to let go of "old emotional patterns" and engage everyday work experiences openly and confidently. Taught by an AAW associate and licensed clinical psychologist, this program engages participants 2-3 hours a week for 6-8 weeks instructing them in proven stress reducing techniques that participants can use throughout their careers and their lives.
Session 1: What is stress and how does it impact our lives?
General principle of stress; introducing mindfulness/awareness meditation
Session 2: Applying effort and "Letting go"
The psychology of "letting go" of our internal emotional struggles and "synchronizing" with the body through the breath and the senses
Session 3: Listening to the wisdom of your body
The physiology of awareness and stress; introducing "body-scanning" and "deep release" yoga
Session 4: Being available to your world
Engaging life on its terms in simple moments; introducing walking meditation as a path for extending awareness and health into everyday life
Session 5: Working with life's difficulties and distractions
Exercises designed to help ourselves and others engage life's stressful moments precisely and skillfully
Session 6: Deepening the body/mind practices
Exploring, lengthening and deepening mindfulness meditation and "deep releasing" yoga
Session 7: Fashioning a dialogue with the world around us
Moving beyond our old, familiar patterns and listening deeply to our world around us
Session 8: Laying down our burdens
Celebrating that we can be "who we are as we are" - with confidence and precision