Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction this Fall Begins on Thursday, October 1st

Dear Folks;  The fall MBSR course begins in early October, Thursday the 1st.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an extremely effective way of learning to care for ourselves by moderating the those sharp edges of stress. It has a large library of research proving its effectiveness.  This online version MBSR-SH  preserves that effectiveness using todays tools appropriately.

Come to the free online MBSR Orientation on Thursday, September 24 at 6pm.  Book Now.

If you have been thinking about the MBSR course there is still room this spring as folks begin registering online. Set aside concerns about tuition if you have been laid off, impacted by illness, or having trouble with funding. Just reach out to me and we’ll make this work for you; scholarships, payments over time, discounts.

With your registration you’ll be included in one online yoga class of your choice: See Schedule as well as the Shared Meditation Evenings at 9pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Also, once we are able to have in-person classes you wil be my guest at a subsequent, in-person All Day MBSR Retreat.Here is a link to the MBSR-SH online course details..

Kind Regards  —  Brant

Full Catastrophe Living in the Face of the Immense Changes Coming Our Way: Breathe, Move, Nourish, & Pay Attention

Dear Folks;  I know we are all feeling the winds of incredible and unpredictable change personally, with our families, friends, in our local communities, across the nation, and the world.  Every corner of life seems impacted by these winds; health, social systems, confidence in the future, and so much more.

Entering my eight decade of life and peering more honestly and willingly toward mortality I have been pondering how to offer my best to my loved ones during this unprecedented and challenging time; you of course included.  I intend to help in more thorough and effective ways to prepare us for the immense challenges ahead.  

There are many who will advise us about such things as material prosperity, physical  and mental health, politics, and personal security.  Things we can ‘do’ to survive well.

Beyond that we can prepare and enter the challenges ahead with firm and effective orientation toward our inner lives.  Attend to how we will ‘be’ in the face of difficulties. What I  know is the foundation for ‘doing’ what we need to do during difficulties.

We have a tremendous and often untapped ability to evoke our inherent resilience, vitality, and resolve.   We can act to remember our rich capacity for attentive presence allowing our unique and individual vitality to flourish in the face of the difficulties that will come our way.  We can flow more fully with our life’s untapped energy when we learn to travel more hand-in-hand with a more complete sense of our purpose in this life.

My teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, offered his approach to to this for us modern people more than thirty years ago with his book, Full Catastrophe Living.  I have taught the program he describes in that book, MBSR, for most of the last fifteen years for many hundreds of folks in corporations, government agencies, police agencies,  organizations, fire districts, in my classrooms and now online.  It has proven incredibly helpful in decades of research and often individually transformative for the folks who participate.  Likewise my other courses and workshops here have proven very beneficial.

Recently I have begun studying with new teachers to learn more about how to offer more generously and more appropriately something helpful for us as we enter the new era of challenge and uncertainty.  I have been learning much more about how we can cultivate these inner capacities we have to meet change.  Rather than a prescribing something to ‘do’ what i am learning is how we might ‘be’ more present, powerful, and capable of meeting the challenges ahead.  I want to share with you what I have learned.

So, this fall I am offering my courses, workshops and some new series that weave together our way forward with the intention of inviting a practice of acknowledging and and acting to awaken our internal resources for clarity, strength, vitality, and perseverance as we face the coming changes.  This is not some formula for success, better health, or side-stepping difficulty.  It’s an invitation to lean generously into the inward journey of gathering a sense of your life’s direction and purpose.  In doing so there will be a greater access to the vitality, clarity, creativity and endurance that come hand-in-hand with that knowing.

My courses will of course all be available to you one-at-a-time or in groups as we have done in the past.  If you are so moved to journey in a fully engaged way this fall I am offering a comprehensive and inclusive program that offers access to all of my courses including MBSR, all mindful yoga classes, workshops, series, meditation evenings and two hours of personal coaching as a complete package, Free Orientation for the Full Catastrophe Living Open Door Program Breathe, Move, Nourish, & Pay Attention, Monday September 14th at 6pm.

Do review and consider this if you wish.  I will be glad to discuss it with you.  Otherwise I am sure you will continue to participate in as you wish and supported by my courses always offered to you with sincerity, gratitude, humility, and reverence.

Kind Regards  —  Brant

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Online Starting July 9th with a Free Orientation on June 25th

Dear Folks;  Adapting to the times I have refashioned MBSR to make it very accessible and effective this summer with the online tools we have today.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an extremely effective way of learning to care for ourselves by moderating the those sharp edges of stress. It has a large library of research proving its effectiveness.  This online version MBSR-SH  preserves that effectiveness using todays tools appropriately.

Come to the free MBSR Orientation on Thursday, June 25th at 6pm.  Book Now.

If you have been thinking about the MBSR course there is still room this spring as folks begin registering online. Set aside concerns about tuition if you have been laid off, impacted by illness, or having trouble with funding. Just reach out to me and we’ll make this work for you; scholarships, payments over time, discounts.

With your registration you’ll be included in one online yoga class of your choice: See Schedule as well as the Shared Meditation Evenings at 9pm each night and certain workshops as a way of doing and sharing home practice.  Also, once we are able to have in-person classes you wil be my guest at a subsequent, in-person All Day MBSR Retreat.Here is a link to this spring’s MBSR-SH online course details..

Kind Regards  —  Brant

Mindfulness-Based Yoga Classes: Summer online movement classes, series and themed-workshops start June 22nd

Dear Folks;   You’ll find my mindfulness-based yoga classes most days of the week starting next week.  Here is a link to the full list:  Summer Schedule.  Also, you can book and pay for any class online directly:  Booking Calendar

You’ll find a variety of courses for folks of every level of physical activity; gentle, beginning and intermediate.  Also, there will be workshops that are designed to be helpful for the difficulties of modern life;  Neck & Shoulder Stability, Low Back and Core Stability, and others.

I will post soon about the many creative and contemplative workshops and mindfulness courses this summer.  There are all listed on the Summer Schedule..

There is also a series of free Mindfulness-Based Yoga Classes in Nature offered a number of days this summer in green spaces around Hillsboro.  Check the calendar for all of the days and times and then book in the  Booking Calendar.

I hope to see you here soon.  Reach out of I can support you.

Kindest Regards  —  Brant

Online Classes After 3 Weeks: Surprising comments and experiences of students.

Dear Folks;  As you know there has always been a generous willingness to meet you where you are in my courses, workshops and coaching.  This term has been no exception though the changes in modes of teaching and booking classes is revolutionary and, as you know, is now all online.  Many dozens of you continue booking and attending classes.  I feel blessed with your presence and commitment.  

You may also know that I listen deeply to you.  I just sent out a week-3 survey to students who have been attending class this term to learn how to improve and acknowledge what works. Here is what I learned from dozens of folks who responded:

  • 95% were satisfied to very satisfied with their experience
  • All suggestions for improvement are being implemented as best I can; sound quality, breakout group improvements, video enhancements, etc.)

 

You have my commitment to continue to support you all in the best ways possible.  Especially now as our lives and society are transforming.  Reach out when I can support you further.    Brant

Below are some of the dozens of surprising comments and experiences folks offered:

  • Thanks for all you do. Your class always brightens my days.
  • Even in silence, it’s just so good to connect with others in the mindful container class provides.
  • The classes help to break up the day with self care, both mental and physical during these difficult times.
  • There is a feeling of community in the live classes, and scheduled sessions help to keep a focus on caring for ourselves that can be lost in worry and busyness.
  • Thank you for all your work to make the courses so accessible and in keeping us connected.
  • The noon-time class really helps me reset my day and my week! Not having the 30-40-minute driving time means this mindful yoga time is much more within my day, and that has been interesting.
  • It’s been a wonderful way to connect with others and keep my yoga practice going. A huge encouragement during this time of separation.
  • I appreciate that these classes are available to us during this time, even though we have to adapt to a different way of doing our classes.
  • Having something to show up for, a place to be at a certain time has given order to my days, structure to otherwise endless activity of a busy house. I am gaining fitness and strength as well.
  • I’m surprised, although I needn’t be, how therapeutic the virtual class is. Good connection and practice makes for a great day.
  • Now more than ever it is important to be mindful and gentle with ourselves. These classes are a brief respite from the grim news that bombards us daily.
  • Community is essential for us now— belonging to any group is essential for our wellbeing and sense of humanity. This is a delightful and healing way to do that!
  • Great to have the consistent accountability of the evening daily meditation class
  • I really enjoy the opportunity to sign on wherever I am where I can get a good internet connection. I have family around the NW and I know that when I make travel plans 
  • It’s just a good way to stay connected with Brant and fellow students and to be reminded that we’re all in the same boat and doing our best.
  • I’m currently in the evening meditation class. I find I am able to clear the chatter, which allows me to be more mindful as I determine my next steps. The poems that are shared are timely and profoundly impactful.
  • It’s a way to turn away from the din of the news cycle, and the feeling of physical confinement, by attending to the interior landscape.
  • I’ve found that the classes help me focus on being in the moment.
  • In the presence of your own home, you can experience a lovely hour of movement and meditative practice that nourishes both your body and spirit. This is the best thing to do for those you love, including yourself!
  • Love online classes with Brant. Excellent to be in your home & join others as a group. Easy to use technology.
  • It’s a wonderful lifeline to my friends in the yoga class. It’s great to see someone, talk to them at the beginning and end of class, and a joyous constant to see Brant each week.
  • The evening meditation sessions are a good way to bring perspective and peace into the close of the day.
  • Helps to provide a focus in these strange times. Meditation evenings are a perfect way to let go of the day’s thoughts, worries and challenges, and center myself before sleep.
  • Brant’s directed Mindful Yoga at home provides the same clear step-by-step instructions that we get in his studio. We get to work in the comfort of our own home and also have the opportunity to briefly interact with our fellow students both before and after class.
  • I did not expect this, but it turns out I focus in a little better when doing the yoga class at home. I finish class feeling relaxed and energized.
  • It’s good to stay connected with my class mates, do yoga with Brant and be able to keep some semblance of normalcy in this chaotic world.
  • Thank you thank you thank you 🙂
  • I’m very grateful we’ve been able to adapt to the challenges of our current situation and offer classes online. I took my first class last week and I felt great after.
  • I miss seeing all the other students in my class but there is something very calming about doing the class in my own family room.
  • You have done a wonderful job helping us all translation to this new technology and on-line community!
  • The extra intimacy of seeing our peers at home is a plus–and we get to see the yoga assistance animals occasionally make an appearance!
  • I prefer the zoom classes to in studio classes! Much better than I had hoped for! I do wish you would find some better resting music.
  •  It’s the difference between sanity and anxiety for me right now.
  • Definitely a great way to learn and grow in stressful and uncertain times.
  • During these extraordinary times, the online classes are a lifeline through which we know that we are all in this together. The opportunity to see and interact with others is a blessing. 
  • At the start of the first week my energy was scattered. By the end of the week despite many uncertainties and turbulence I felt peaceful acceptance and moments of stillness. I attribute much of this sense of calm to Shared Meditation Evenings each night at 9pm. Heartfelt gratitude ❤️
  • It gives me a deliberate time to pause and focus on something other than the COVID situation, to breathe, to know it’s possible to find the center again.
  • The weekly yoga class  is a great way to release anxiety and tension, especially in the present circumstances. 
  • A scheduled quiet time to focus on something other than world troubles.
  • This way of bringing 75 minutes of community to my week is an important lifeline.
  • It’s a refuge into a place of gentle motion and self-care.

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Staying-at-Home (MBSR-SH) online this April

Dear Folks;  Adapting to the times I have reconfigured MBSR to meet the challenges of time and to make it very accessible and effective with the tools we have today.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an extremely effective way of learning to care for ourselves by moderating the those sharp edges of stress. It has a large library of research proving its effectiveness.  This online version MBSR-SH preserves that effectiveness using todays tools appropriately.

If you have been thinking about the MBSR course there is still room this spring as folks begin registering online. Set aside concerns about tuition if you have been laid off or having trouble with funding. Just reach out to me and we’ll make this work for you; scholarships, payments over time, discounts.

Here is a link to this spring’s MBSR-SH online course details..

Kind Regards  —  Brant

Benediction by Laura Sawyer

Students share their interests and passions in many ways.  Laura Sawyer, a long time student, shared this rich and beautiful poem, a meditation on her connection with herself and nature’s elements in the forest at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland.

Recited

 

BENEDICTION

Sunday mornings find me hiking
through a million shades of green,
in a soaring cathedral of sequoia and redwood, ferns gentle on the ground.

Praying
my way through the forest, every step
a meditation,
coolness and the scent of mingled vegetation, a sheltering surround.

Breathing in the sacred silence,
broken only by the sound of my dog huffing quietly beside me
and the wind singing through the trees, restoring what was missing deep inside.

Sharing peace
on the faces of strangers on the trail, fellow travelers
through the echoes of the holy
in this church of the arboretum, unfailing mender of my soul.

Spring Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR): Starts Thursday April 16th with free Orientations April 9th & 11th


Dear Folks;
I hope you are all well as we lean toward the immense challenges around us. Over and over I am hearing and reading about the necessity for caring for ourselves and softening the sharp edges of stress during this time. To cultivate what we can do for ourselves and those in our lives.

Over and over in these podcasts or articles when the recommendations for self-care become specific, a generous contemplative practice, a mindfulness practice in some form is central especially now as our external activities of stress relief are out of touch; skiing, swimming, gathering in groups, restaurants, etc. Likewise, I am finding Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the center of those specific recommendations because it is so extremely effective in mitigating stress and has a rich base of research.

If you have been thinking about the MBSR course there is still room this spring as folks begin registering online. Set aside concerns about tuition if you have been laid off or having trouble with funding. Just reach out to me and we’ll make this work for you; scholarships, payments over time, discounts.

With your registration you’ll be included in a number online yoga classes of your choice: See Schedule as well as the Shared Meditation Evenings at 9pm each night and certain workshops as a way of doing and sharing home practice.  Also, once the stay-at-home order has lifted you wil be my guest at a subsequent, in-person All Day MBSR Retreat.

Here is a link to more about MBSR with a link to details and ways of applying for the course starting on Thursday April 16th at 6pm

Kind Regards  —  Brant

How to Book Classes Here Online

Dear Folks;  The desktop booking process for classes here is now set up with a reliable and simple to use booking service.  Booking this way  is straight forward though I wanted to give you a look to help a bit as you begin.  After you’ve registered for booking this will be a very friendly process each time you want to book a class.

Below is the general sequence of booking and then paying for your classes online via PayPal or credit card.  Once registered you may want to use the booking services ‘Momoyoga’ phone or tablet app.  Available at the App Store or Google Play.

Short of all this if you need to register in a different way or more directly please  contact me and register via email or phone  to make that happen in a way that supports you best.  I do prefer that you register online but I’m here to support you as best I can.

  1. On each of the calendar descriptions of my classes, workshops and series you will se a link to Book Online.  You can find that link also  under my website’s Contact and Registration tab.  Once you open the Book Online page you will see a page that looks like the one below with classes and Book now buttons near the list of classes.
  2. Click the Book now button for the first class you want to book and you will land on a page that asks you to register for booking and it looks like this below. It will ask you if you are already a registered booking member or if you want to register with the booking service.  You’ll only have register once for all your subsequent online booking here.  Just enter your first and last name and email address which are necessary and then, only if you wish, fill in more details.  Then click on Register. –
  3. Once you’ve clicked the Register button you’ll receive an email to verify your registration and instruct you to add a password to your account and then to be able to book and pay for your classes. Once registered you can then choose a class to book and you’ll see a screen that looks something like this so you can book your class.
  4. Log in with your email address and password to be able to book the class.  And you’ll come to a confirmation page for your booking.   During your registration you’ll be given options for paying for the class via PayPal or credit card.  Just follow this instructions.
  5. If you want to manage your classes and payments click the upper right hand menu button, My Schedule, and you’ll go to a page that allows you to see and manage all your registered classes and passes or memberships.
  6. From that screen you can cancel classes and choose which passes and memberships you want to purchase, etc.  Each pass and membership gives you access to specific courses as described in your registration process.I hope  this has been helpful!  If you become lost in there reach out to me and I can help sort things out from this side.  Kind Regards  —  Brant

Some Encouragements for You in Uncertain Times: Videos of students acknowledging balance, healing, and clarity through mindful yoga and mindfulness practice

Late last year my MBSR Intern, Stephanie, and her dear husband, Brian, were willing to interview and film the comments of a dozen students willing to share their experiences of transformation in the face of life’s challenges as they learned and practiced mindful yoga and mindfulness practice through the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.

In these voices I hope you find encouragement to find your path and to share your path of growth hand-in-hand with those near you during this difficult era.  I certainly have and am deeply thankful for this gift  —  Brant

Here are their video comments, about 7 to 10 minutes each: