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Introduction to Mindfulness
September 5, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm| $120.00
This workshop will introduce students to the first step in the practice of what is often called mindfulness meditation or Vipassana. We will focus on the often-neglected nuts-and-bolts of what to do and how to train our minds. We alternate short periods of silent meditation with an exploration of what actually happened while we were meditating.
We will cover the practical aspects of posture, how to cultivate your attention, work with your thoughts, and develop an attitude that fosters our openness to experience.
Mindfulness practices offer opportunities to be present with experience, train the mind, and bring the nervous system back into regulation.This workshop focuses on cultivating attention and examining the habit patterns of our minds. We use the breath, sensations of the body and thoughts to develop awareness and insight.
The workshop is open to all. Continuing Education credit is available.
Michael Shiffman, received his Ph.D from UCLA in 1994 writing his dissertation on “Family traumatization : dissociation, alexithymia, and post-traumatic effects in adult children of alcoholics”. He has also published articles in the areas of social movements and labor union history.Later that year he trained and certified in bodywork at the Esalen Institute and maintained a bodywork practice for several years until he returned to UCLA to manage several health care policy research projects.
Michael has been teaching mindfulness practices since 2002. He founded LA Dharma in 1999 and co-founded the Insight Center in 2006 where he teaches traditional meditation classes, somatic psychotherapy workshops and has a clinical practice.
Michael has over 20 years experience working with family-based trauma, substance abuse and recovery, domestic violence, and anxiety related issues. In 1985 he co-found a domestic violence treatment program for men who batter.
His clinical practice works with addiction and recovery, abuse and neglect, sexual identity and sexual orientation issues, developmental and event related trauma, depression, and anxiety and panic. He integrates the use of NARM, Somatic Experiencing and SE touch into his clinical practice. He has a somatic therapy practice at the Insight Center in West Los Angeles and in his home office in Encino.