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Mindfulness Meditation

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Raising Resilience Tour


Dr.  Christopher Willard

DYC's On-going Mindfulness Meditation  Programs
Calm the Moid & Reduce Stress

Dallas Yoga Center's mission is 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  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.

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Mindfulness Meditation Series and Workshops

Mindful Self-Compassion Reduction (MSC)

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

Saturday, August 12


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DYC offers an 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.

6 Week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Series

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

Sunday, September 24


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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.

Kay Colbert - DYC MBSR Instructor:

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.

Introduction to Vipassana Meditation Workshop
with Amber Bemak

Sunday, September 10   
1:00 – 3:00 pm  
$30 ten days prior to event / $40 After                              

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This workshop is intended to provide an introduction to Vipassana 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 Vipassana 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 Vipassana Meditation Series
with Amber Bemak

Tuesday nights, September 12   
7:30 –9:00 pm   

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

Six consecutive Tuesday nights

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This six week course is intended to support participants in developing a practice of Vipassana 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 Vipassana 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 Vipassana 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 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

Mondays 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Wednesdays 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

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 Instructors:

Cheryl King

Cheryl King first encountered yoga and meditation in the 1980’s as a college student. Studying Buddhism with Professor Frederick J Streng, she became fascinated with the philosophy, ritual, and beauty of the Buddhist meditation practice and made her first trip to Thailand for a cultural immersion upon graduation.
Cheryl’s teaching style is interdisciplinary with emphasis on gentle movement and anatomical alignment. She encourages students to find and sustain a moment-to-moment experience through the practice of yoga and meditation.
Cheryl brings a spirit of loving kindness to her own practice and her teaching. Her life’s work involves exploring and teaching connection to self and one another.

Cheryl received her RYT 200 Hr at Dallas Yoga Center.

Jessi Smith

Jessi Smith's yoga journey began in 1998 at the Dallas Yoga Center. In the very first class she attended, the teacher (Paula) said: "It's not about where you are, it's who you are."
Something about those words woke her up. She wanted to understand more about what was said, wanting to go deeper into that. And that was the spark that stated her journey - and it's what she hopes to spark in people when they are on the mat.

Jessi began teaching in 1999, much sooner than she had anticipated. She found her teacher, Baron Baptiste, soon after that, and became certified by the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Institute in 2003. For several years she traveled with her teacher assisting in workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings.

Over the years Jessi has studied with a wide variety of teachers including Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Sharon Gannon & David Life, Rod Stryker, Rusty Wells, Nicki Doane & Eddie Modestini, Johnny Kest, and a host of brilliant people who also share a love for yoga.

She also enjoys the stories, and myths behind the postures, the Philosophy of Patanjali, as well as Kirtan, Yoga Nidra and Meditation.

Jessi has been teaching for over seventeen years, and continues to learn from the many amazing teachers and students she meets along the way. She believe all yoga works, and uses Vinyasa Yoga as a base to build each individual’s practice. Jessi’s purpose is to empower her students to feel their best in a healthy body and content mind through the practice of yoga.


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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.

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