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Mindfulness Meditation


This class is taught by:

Matthew Kline

Matthew Kline joins the teachers at the Dallas Yoga Center after completing his 200 YTT in July of 2018. He is excited to begin teaching art of yoga. Matthew began his yoga practice in 1996 and Michigan and discontinued his practice at home and in various yoga studios in the Dallas area. In the winter of 2018, he decided to deepen his practice and begin the art of teaching yoga in the Dallas Yoga Center Teacher Training.
 
Matthew comes to DYC as a teacher’s teacher, having spent much of his professional life in higher education. Matthew worked for 15 years as Senior Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy at Southern Methodist University. Before his time at SMU he worked as a masters level social worker with Hospice. He brings great depth and understanding to his work and life as he leveraged his knowledge and experience to build community through presence and vibrations of sound.
 
Matthew’s greatest mission and purpose involves helping people to connect to the hidden parts of themselves and uniting individuals in community through rhythm, motion and joy.

Seham Kafafi

Seham Kafafi graduated from King's College London’s Institute of Psychology in MSc. Mindfulness: Neuroscience and its Clinical Applications in January 2016. She was taught by leading neuroscientists in the field of mindfulness including Dr. Elena Antonova and Dr. Tania Singer. She conducted her thesis on the neural effects of meditation on the startle reflex. Her classes are drawn from evidence-based practices inspired by mindfulness scholars including Jon Kabat-Zinn and Mark Williams. Her classes are applicable to your daily routine, maintaining a secular approach, to make practice more accessible to diverse lifestyles.
 
 

Seham has conducted mindfulness workshops abroad for teachers, school counselors, and the general public. She currently works at the Dallas Yoga Center as the Assistant Manager of Mindfulness Programs and is dedicated to bringing the best mindfulness practices to the community.

Classes will explore the ability to practice mindfulness throughout our daily lives based on central themes. During each session, we will use breathing, sensory experiences, visualization, or mindful movement techniques. At the end of the class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, talk about your experiences, and discuss physiological and psychological outcomes. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, improve attention, cope with difficult situations, and increase feelings of compassion.

All levels welcome; previous background is not needed to begin.

Comfortable clothes suggested. Chairs will be available.

Exercises taught each week: 

Week 1-Breathing and Mindful Eating

Week 2-Mindful Movement and Body Scan

Week 3-Mindful Listening and Communication*

Week 4-Mindful Self-Compassion

Week 5-Silent Meditation

*Class is removed if there are only four Tuesdays that month

 


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Dec 18 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Matthew Kline
  • Tue Jan 01 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Jan 08 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Jan 15 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Jan 22 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Jan 29 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Feb 05 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Feb 12 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Feb 19 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Feb 26 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Mar 05 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Mar 12 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Mar 19 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Mar 26 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Apr 02 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi
  • Tue Apr 09 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm with Seham Kafafi