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Mindfulness Meditation

DYC's Mindfulness Meditation Programs

Calm the Mind & Reduce Stress

Since 1989, Dallas Yoga Center's mission has been to educate, enrich and inspire the community to lead more mindful, meaningful and healthier lives.

~ 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. 



Mindfulness Meditation Series and Workshops



Mindfulness Certification Training™ (MCT)


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Become certified to teach science-based mindfulness practices.


The Dallas Yoga Center (DYC) is excited to offer the Mindfulness Certification


Eligible for CEs with Yoga Alliance! (40 CEs available for Psychologists, LCSWs, and LPCs for an extra $45)


Opening Weekend:

Saturday and Sunday

January 26th and 27th



Tuesdays and Thursdays:

January 29th, 31st, February 5th, 7th, 12th and 14th



Closing Weekend:

Saturday and Sunday

February 16th and 17th


Click HERE to learn more.



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Click here to sign up for our free Information Session on Saturday, December 8th from 3pm-4pm. 


40 CEs available for LPCs, LCSWs, and Psychologists. Contact mindfulness@dallasyogacenter.com for more info. Also eligible for CEs with Yoga Alliance 


Learning Objectives: 


  • Identify the definition of mindfulness
  • Discuss the history of science-based mindfulness
  • Describe the science of mindfulness in stress reduction
  • Describe the science of mindfulness in attention and cognitive focus
  • Describe the science of mindfulness in reduction of anxiety and worry
  • Describe the science of mindfulness in reducing depressive symptoms
  • Practice mindfulness techniques to improve personal focus and relaxation
  • Teach mindfulness techniques to others
  • Conduct mindfulness sessions with others
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in my mindfulness practice 

Costs: CEs are available for an additional $45 of the MCT tuition. 


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Intro to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Workshop
taught by Kay Colbert, LCSW, and Alfie Wishart, LPC

Sunday, September 9th, 2:30PM-4:00PM

Price: $35

Click Here to Register for Intro to MSC Workshop

In this workshop participants can expect the following:

General education in and discussion of the basics of mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion and the deeply practical benefits. 

Guided instruction in, and practice and discussion of several contemplative practices that cultivate mindfulness and compassion, including Compassionate Body Scan meditation, Affectionate Breathing, Loving-Kindness for Ourselves, and Giving and Receiving Compassion.

Clinical research shows that mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion practice helps you:

• Feel more present, aware and focused.
• Be more compassionate with self and others.
• Cultivate an increased sense of well-being.
• Reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.
• Increase accepting thoughts about self, forgiveness of self.
• Increase optimism, curiosity, personal initiative, motivation, life satisfaction, emotional connection with others.

Wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat and cushion if you have one. (All practices may also be done on a chair if that is better for you.)

This class is not intended to be or take the place of psychotherapy or counseling. 


Click Here to Register for Intro to MSC Workshop

8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Series

taught by Kay Colbert, LCSW, and Alfie Wishart, LPC

Every Sunday, starting September 16th - November 4th


Click here to register for the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion series. 

Mindful-Self Compassion (MSC) was developed by Kristen Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD to help cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life. MSC combines both mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for happiness and connectedness. Mindfulness increases awareness of our experiences and our emotions. Self-compassion increases our ability to bring kind and loving awareness to our experiences and ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion increase our awareness of pleasant moments and help us navigate difficult moments with greater ease.

MSC starts with incorporating mindfulness awareness of the present moment and then explores how we can respond compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgement or self-blame. The class offers scientifically based tools for using self-compassion to live more fully in the moment, even when difficult emotions arise, and how to be kind to yourself when you need it most. By letting pain or difficulty in, rather than avoiding, we learn essential steps on the path to wellbeing.

Clinical research shows that self-compassion is strongly related to mental and emotional wellbeing, with decrease in depression, anxiety, perfectionism. It is also correlated with increase in happiness, life satisfaction, motivation, self-responsibility, making healthy lifestyle choices, feeling more connected with others and better interpersonal relationships.

In this MSC class, you will learn to:

*Feel more present, aware and focused.

*Be more compassionate with self and others.

*Cultivate an increased sense of well-being.

*Reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.

*Increase accepting thoughts about self, forgiveness of self.

*Increase optimism, curiosity, personal initiative, motivation, life satisfaction, emotional connection w/ others.

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 might arise and how to deal with them skillfully. Each class is organized around a theme that is explored through both group discussion and mindful self-compassion practice.
You do NOT have to have prior meditation or mindfulness experience, everyone is welcome. This series will meet for 2.5 hours once a week, for 6 weeks. The cost of the series includes the book, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Chris Germer. This series will follow the curriculum developed for MSC groups, but is condensed slightly. The standard 8 week format meets for 2 hours weekly, while the 6 week series will meet for 2.5 hours weekly.

MSC is not therapy and is not intended to replace individual counseling.



Click here to register for the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion series. 

Kay Colbert, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in Dallas is doing doctoral research at
UPenn. She has extensive training in mindfulness from many of the most renowned teachers.
Kay has 300 hours of training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Programs through the University
of California San Diego Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She is trained in Mindfulness-
Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive
Therapy for Depression and Mindful Self-Compassion. She regularly leads MBSR trainings at
DYC and is on the board of advisors for the DYC Mindfulness Initiative.

Alfie Wishart, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor,
and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, in private practice in Dallas, Texas. Alfie has had many
years of training and personal practice in meditation in the Sufi, Native American, Christian, and
Buddhist traditions.  Alfie is currently training to be an MSC teacher and has extensive experience
with mindfulness and meditation.


Summer Mindfulness Immersion


Join DYC Expert Mindfulness Instructor, Kay Colbert, for a mindfulness immersion that shares science-informed tools for finding deep inner calm. The class is based on the concepts of mindfulness meditation practices and teaches mindful meditation, body scan, mindful eating, breathing and simple mindful movement. The program also teaches how to find calm in the face of everyday stressors and ends with a two-hour mindfulness experience.


Learn how to:

Relax and handle stress with greater ease.
Feel more present, aware and focused.
Handle the challenges of everyday living.
Decrease physical and psychological suffering.
Strengthen your connection with yourself and others.
Cope with chronic pain.
Have compassion for yourself and others in difficult circumstances.


Kay Colbert, LCSW received her Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher training through the University of California San Diego Medical School Center for Mindfulness. Kay has over 300 hours of training in Mindfulness-Based Programs and is completing her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in mindfulness and social work.

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DFW Mindfulness Gathering




All are Welcome at this Event


You’re invited to the DFW Mindfulness Gathering at the Dallas Yoga Center!


DFW Mindfulness Gatherings are for anyone interested in mindfulness and for those impacting schools, healthcare, corporations and community organizations.

Come join us in this gathering where we will meet and mingle with sips and snacks, some light mindfulness practice and mindful relating activities.


This is an exciting opportunity to impact the conversation on mindfulness in DFW.


All are welcome to join us at this free event!


This event will take place at the Dallas Yoga Center located at 4525 Lemmon Avenue, 3rd Floor, Dallas, Texas, 75219. DYC is in the 3 story office building directly across Lemmon from the Highland Park Whole Foods, next to Craddock Park.


For more information, email





Daniel Sunshine is the Director of the mindfulness program for the Dallas Yoga Center.  Daniel also leads Responsive Intelligence™, a consulting firm that combines mindfulness, innovation and science to raise the Responsive IQ™ of organizations and communities giving them powerful tools to respond to life with both strength and awareness. 


Daniel began his career as an innovator for companies including PBS, National Geographic, and AARP. His innovation experience is coupled with decades of mindfulness experience and bringing it to thousands of individuals within national health care organizations, fortune-100 companies, renowned private schools, and public school districts. He has an MBA from George Washington University and leads workshops and lectures on mindfulness and innovation. His work has been featured on news affiliates including NBC, CBS and NPR. Daniel envisions a future where mindfulness is woven into the fabric of society.




Mindfulness  for Businesses and Schools

DYC offers programming for corporations and schools that provides evidence-based mindfulness tools to reduce stress, improve performance and increase emotional well-being. For more information email mindfulness@dallasyogacenter.com or call 214-443-9642.

Click Here to watch a video about DYC Mindfulness for Schools 

Introduction to Insight Meditation
with Amber Bemak

Next dates TBD
$30 ten days prior to event / $40 After                              

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This workshop is intended to provide an introduction to Insight meditation, a tool to support you in developing greater resilience and well-being.  During this time we will spend time in silent meditation and walking meditation, as well as learning ways to strengthen your capacity for moment to moment awareness.

We will also take time for discussion, as we explore ways Insight meditation can be applied to your real life.

All welcome. No previous experience necessary.               

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Amber Bemak
has engaged in a formal meditation practice for twenty-four years. She was raised attending family retreats at the Insight Mediation Center in Massachusetts and began her own practice at the age of fourteen. She studied with Michele McDonald for many years and practiced in the Therevadan tradition until 2001, when she was exposed to Tibetan Buddhism and met her teachers Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche. She then embarked on the path of Vajrayana practice and has been on this path ever since.

Originally from the United States, she has spent a great deal of time living as a foreigner away from her home country- first living between India and Nepal from 2006-20012, and then moving to Mexico from 2014-2016. During this time, she occupied the position of resident filmmaker for Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Nepal on and off over a nine year period, and collaborated with Tibetan NGOs in India on a series of media activism projects during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, among many other amazing adventures, films, and projects. She is currently a professor of film at Southern Methodist University.

Meditation with Amber Bemak

Amber Bemak will be offering instruction on samatha and metta meditation, two techniques which are often practiced together in the Therevadan branch of Buddhism. The instruction is based on the Mahasi Sayadaw lineage of Therevadan practice. Samatha is focused on concentration and calming the mind, whereas metta is a practice of lovingkindness.

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The Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of Therevadan practice comes from Burma, and is currently practiced in many countries, such as Thailand and Burma. In the US, this practice is often referred to as “Insight Meditation.”  Samatha mediation is a beginner’s technique and the entryway meditation practice for both Therevada and Vajrayana mediation practice. It is geared towards focusing and quieting the mind, a necessary state to create in order to do the real exploration that meditation offers.

Metta practice involves actively sending oneself and others (including your friends and enemies) love and good wishes. It is also a concentration practice, although in a different way. It is an incredibly healing and powerful practice

Six Week Insight Meditation Series
with Amber Bemak

Next dates TBD  
7:30 –9:00 pm   

$125 ten day prior to event start / $145 After 

Six consecutive Wednesday nights

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six week course is intended to support participants in developing a practice of Insight meditation, a tool designed to enhance calmness, kindness, and clarity in the mind.  We will explore ways to pay attention to sensations, emotions, and thoughts that may lead to greater insight into how you are living your life.  Intentionally observing your experience through the lens of Insight practice can strengthen your capacity to navigate life with all its ups and downs. 

We will practice periods of silent meditation, walking meditation, reflection and discussion.  The course is designed to support you in building Insight meditation into your life, a resource you can turn to in any moment, wherever you are.

No previous experience necessary.  All are welcome.

Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in Classes

DYC offers Mindfulness 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.

Schedule of drop-in Meditation classes

Sunday                 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm           Cheryl King

Monday                7:30 pm - 8:30 pm              Julie Euseppi

Tuesday               7:30 pm - 8:15 pm              Seham Kafafi 

Wednesday         6:15 pm - 7:15 pm              Cheryl King

Comfortable clothes suggested. Chairs will be available.

If you have any questions regarding DYC Mindfulness programs and classes, please email mindfulness@dallasyogacenter.com

DYC Meditation - Drop-in class Instructors:

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Cheryl King

Cheryl King began practicing yoga and meditation while studying World Religions in college. Upon graduation she traveled to Thailand seeking cultural immersion in the epicenter of Theravada Buddhism. Self-exploration took a backseat to career and family over the next two decades, but a health crisis brought her to a state of utter depletion by age 43. One Friday night in 2007, desperate for help, she tried Chris Green’s Restorative yoga class at DYC seeking relief, and she found it. The Dallas Yoga Center provided the solace and support, the hope and strength to sustain her through this next phase of her life’s journey.


In time, yoga and meditation infused all aspects of her life, and eventually led to a career change—after twenty years of teaching British Literature, she retired from academia and currently teaches yoga and meditation full time.


Cheryl brings an interdisciplinary approach to her students, combining mindfulness and movement to restore body / mind unity, invite self-discovery, and deepen self-compassion.


Drawing inspiration from mentors as diverse as Julliard dance instructor Irene Dowd and MBSR pioneer Jon Kabat Zinn, Cheryl’s approach includes utilizing breath, imagination, and curiosity to encourage a moment-to-moment experience of connection to self and others. Through anatomical alignment and mindful movement, her yoga and meditation practice promotes a radiantly healthy body-mind-spirit.


MBSR training, UMASS, Boston, MA, 2017

Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training, Integral Yoga Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2016/2017

RYT 200, Dallas Yoga Center, Dallas, TX, 2015/16

BA, MA Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1990/2000


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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 meditation 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.


DYC Launches:

ART: Anchor, Reflect, Transform™

Deepening our connection to art through mindfulness

Dallas Yoga Center brings a mindful exploration in deepening our connection to how we experience art. Dallas Yoga Center has pioneered a new method for mindfully engaging with art called “ART: Anchor, Reflect, Transform™”. This process helps us to deepen our connection to art through mindfulness tools and other methods for embodied experiencing. Join David and Daniel Sunshine of the Dallas Yoga Center as they take you on a transformative journey through thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations as you view the contemporary’s current collection.


Present Moment Labs™

Developing innovative mindfulness tools for greater well-being. 

Present Moment Labs brings together the brightest visionaries from across the mindfulness movement to develop innovative tools for weaving mindfulness into the fabric of everyday life. We use evidence based methodologies related to innovation, human behavior, design centered learning and mindfulness. We are a creative lab with mindfulness as our guiding principle.

Other Products we are developing:

Applied Mindfulness Strategies™

Responsive Intelligence™

Responsive IQ™

CORe: Connect, Observe, Respond™