Science and Practice: “The How and Why of Mindfulness”
As meditation and mindfulness practice are increasingly shown to have multiple positive impacts on us – from improving memory and concentration to strengthening our connection to those we live and work with – many of us are left wondering how this actually works, does it work and if so how to do it in the midst of a busy and demanding life?
This is a 6-week class that will delve into some of the latest scientific findings about what is happening within the brain and the body, and offer the opportunity to experience them as well through direct meditative practices. Learn, for example, about the brain and emotions, the brain and mental health, the Mind-Body connection, mindfulness in education, and mindfulness and relationship.
We now know that meditation and mindfulness have the power to structurally alter the brain in significant positive ways. Just as we train our bodies through physical exercise, we now know that it is possible to change the brain through training as well. Meditation and mindfulness practice has been shown to increase a sense of calmness, improve concentration, improve learning and memory, and strengthen our connection to others. There are other benefits as well – such as stress and burnout reduction, increased work-related satisfaction, and a better quality of life.
See for yourself why and how mindfulness works, and learn the practices that
help you integrate this enlightening information into your own daily life.
Class time will be divided between learning about the mechanisms within the brain that are impacted by mindfulness and meditation, then actually practicing several different avenues to mindfulness in order to experience them.
The class is taught by faculty members of the UVA Mindfulness Center, Susanna Williams PhD and John Schorling MD.No prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology is needed – this is a class intended for non- medical specialists.
2019 Dates TBD