~ Relax and handle stress with greater ease.
~ Feel more present, aware and focused.
~ Handle the challenges of everyday living with more ease.
~ Decrease physical and psychological suffering.
~ Strengthen your connection with yourself and others.
~ Cope with chronic pain.
~ Be compassionate, patient, present and aware.
~ Have compassion with others, & take better care of yourself.
DYC offers 8 week series and intro workshops in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) a non-sectarian practice that develops concentration, insight and compassion.
The techniques of Mindfulness Meditation increase one’s moment-by-moment awareness of the ordinary mind-body processes. By enabling you to pay closer attention to what is happening within you - your thoughts, feelings and emotions - Mindfulness Meditation helps you better understand what is happening to you. As this awareness is cultivated, blockages and limiting forces become conscious, are observed with detachment, and are released. Everyone can develop skill in this simple technique, and benefit from this practice.
DYC teaches mindfulness in a fun and friendly environment so that students gain the techniques needed to build their inner and outer awareness and attention. Learn guided visualization and breath awareness to calm and center the mind to reduce stress. And create a regular meditation practice so you can integrate these techniques into your daily life. Mindfulness meditation is independent of and completely compatible with any religious or philosophical belief system.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Mass. It is based on the concepts of mindfulness meditation practices and teaches mindful meditation, breathing and simple mindful movement. Clinical research shows that MBSR is enormously empowering for people with chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders, as well as for psychological problems, such as anxiety, stress and panic.
In the 8 Week Series each class builds on the one before. Between classes, there is home practice, using guided meditations and other exercises. In each class, you will have an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, any obstacles that may arise, and how to deal with them skillfully. Each class is organized around a theme that is explored through both group discussion and mindfulness practice.
You do NOT have to have prior meditation experience.
This class will meet for 2 hours, once a week, for 8 weeks. The cost of the series includes the book, Full Catastrophe Living, all handouts and materials. This series will follow the curriculum developed for MBSR groups.
All levels welcome; previous background in meditation is not needed to begin. Chairs will be available. MBSR is not therapy and is not intended to replace individual counseling.
To register or for more details on this MBSR Intro Workshop click here
DYC MBSR Instructor:
Kay Colbert, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in Dallas with a long-term personal meditation and yoga practice. Mindfulness has been transformational for her both professionally and personally.
Kay has over 300 hours of training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Programs through the University of California San Diego Medical School Center for Mindfulness.
Weekly Meditation Drop-in Classes
DYC offers Meditation classes on the weekly schedule. These sessions begin with a short guided meditation - using visualization and breath awareness to calm and center the mind to reduce stress. Trained teachers help you navigate the depths of your consciousness using mindfulness techniques pared with yogic breathing, simple poses and insights.
This class will begin with gentle movement to open the neck, shoulders and hips followed by concentrated breath work to help ease you into a deeper meditation. Guided imagery and prompts will assist you to concentrate and facilitate your individual healing and calm the intensity of the mind. This class is great for beginners or anyone looking to deepen their mediation practice. This class ends with a focused relaxation so you leave feeling refreshed, renewed and balanced.
Sundays 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Lynn Tran
Mondays 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Chelsey Charbeneau
Comfortable clothes suggested. Chairs will be available.
DYC Meditation Instructors:
Lynn began practicing yoga as an exercise activity in 2003, and it combined with meditation progressively changed her wellbeing and outlook in life. It was through consistent practice of yoga and meditation that Lynn’s mind began to shift. Her mindfulness in practice allowed her to discover a sense of compassion and inner peace that affected her on and off the mat. Inspired by this journey, Lynn works with students with hopes that they find their own sense of wellbeing through the practice of yoga.
Lynn is a 200 hour registered Yoga Alliance instructor and certified personal trainer. Working with a people is a true passion for Lynn, and her intuition and knowledge in yoga and meditation allows her to work compassionately and comfortably with diverse groups of students. She specializes in Hatha Yoga from the Kripalu lineage, and she teaches in the various forms of vinyasa flow, chair yoga, partner yoga, gentle yoga, yoga nidra, and restorative yoga.
Chelsey Charbeneau has found her life's purpose in helping people become happier and healthier through her own healing journey. When she began practicing yoga she was an unhealthy person who could barely touch her toes. As her practice became more serious and her lifestyle habits changed she started recognizing the therapeutic effects on her mind, body and soul.
Chelsey is a certified yoga therapist, experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists. For over six years Chelsey shared her therapeutic yoga at a physical rehabilitation center in southern California. There she has helped to treat and manage many medical conditions and ailments such as chronic back and neck pain, headaches, anxiety, stress and autoimmune diseases.
During visits to family she found the Dallas Yoga Center to be her favorite studio with wide array of classes, and depth of teaching offered. She also discovered sound healing at the Gong Meditation with Kenny and was instantly hooked! Chelsey has recently moved back to her hometown of Dallas, and is excited to join the teaching staff at DYC.
Her expertise covers a wide spectrum from the strict Ashtanga method to a therapeutic approach. She loves to make the experienced yogi crave child's pose and the beginner feel their body for the first time. Her goal is always to provide an experience that is always nurturing, personal and safe.