Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Yoga

Who is this man and why should you listen to him?

This man is Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Thirty years ago he designed a program called  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for patients with conditions their doctors could provide no further treatment for at University of Massachusetts Hospital. Because the program was conducted in a standard manner and with a standard content, Kabat-Zinn and other researchers were able to study the effects of mindfulness upon health. Significant positive changes were seen to occur in program participants as measured by self-reported pre- and post tests. Now, with the advent of MRI and fMRI technology, we can see actual brain changes that result from this program and others that teach people to engage in mindfulness meditation.

The practice of mindfulness is relevant for healthy and happy people as well as for those with illness.  Athletes, students, nurses, doctors, entertainers, parents, and busy people of every kind can all benefit.

What is Mindfulness?

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s working definition of mindfulness is:  The practice of  placing attention on an object on purpose in the present moment. That is all. Well – not quite. It is placing attention on an object on purpose in the present moment and without judgment. This means that in addition to attending, we practice accepting our experience – whether we like it in that moment or not. The attention part teaches us to have a strong and stable mind. The acceptance part teaches us to be flexible with what occurs in life. For more about mindfulness click on the picture to watch the video. Then go to About Mindfulness.


Iyengar™ Yoga Classes

Iyengar™ Yoga About Iyengar™ Yoga
Iyengar yoga is named after Sri BKS Iyengar, who lives and teaches in Pune, India. The focus of this classical style of yoga is on correct body alignment and injury prevention. Props such as wooden blocks, chairs, blankets, and straps are used to help people with various body types find correct alignment in postures. These props also provide safe support for a full range of motion. Physical strength in yoga asana (poses) forms the foundation for pranayama (breath work) and the remaining limbs of ashtanga yoga (yamas, niyamas, pratyahara, dhyana, dharana, samadhi).

Beginner, mixed, and advanced classes available.
For more information email Kquvien:
[email protected]

Class Schedule:
Tuesdays and Thursdays (all levels) from 10:30 am to 12:15pm

$12 per session class when paying for multiple classes; $15 for drop-in class

Saturday and Sunday classes are announced by the instructor. Contact Kquvien if interested.

About the instructor:
Kquvien DeWeese is a certified Iyengar™ yoga instructor and has been teaching adults and children for over 14 years. She works closely with her students, especially those with chronic conditions who want to optimize their health. Kquvien’s background in dance, martial arts, and weightlifting expands the expected parameters for yoga classes, leaving students with a sense of accomplishment, artistry, and a desire to learn more.
For more on yoga from Kquvien go to http://www.kquvienyoga.com
You can contact Kquvien at [email protected]