ONLINE • Mindfulness Meditation and Movement for Wellness

Melissa Lago and Gelong Loden Nyima

November 17–December 8, 2020

Four Tuesdays: November 17 and 24 and December 1 and 8 | 6:00-7:30 pm MT

Price
  • $150.00 – Program Price
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Melissa Lago

Loden Nyima

For employees of Larimer County, this program is eligible for the Lifestyle Education Benefit Program. Please see details below.

This four-week online course is designed to introduce mindfulness meditation and mindful movement, and methods for how we can apply them in daily life to reduce anxiety, work with difficult emotions, strengthen resilience, and increase our capacity to stay present through life’s challenges.

Our natural state of well-being is accessible when we take time to slow down. We need this in today’s speedy and chaotic world, as many of us are seeking relief from feelings of stress, anxiety, heartbreak, despair, loneliness, and exhaustion. Our environment is out of balance, our jobs and relationships often become strained and unstable when we are stressed, and our minds and bodies follow suit. Many of us seek to escape, numb out, or fight these difficult feelings and experiences through unhealthy coping mechanisms. But there is another way. Mindfulness meditation and embodied movement are tools that we can use, and that have been used for centuries by people of all or no religious traditions for this purpose. Within us, we have the capacity to continually heal, nourish, strengthen, rejuvenate, and grow. We have our own indestructible source of resilience.

The general topics we will cover throughout each of these four ninety-minute sessions are:
1. Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation and Movement Practices
2. Working with Stress and Strong Emotions
3. On-the-Spot Mindfulness Methods to Use in Daily Life
4. Establishing a Daily Mindfulness Practice

Larimer County Employees

The program is eligible for the $500 Lifestyle Education Reimbursement for Larimer County Health Plan Members upon 75% completion of the program. Please click here for more information regarding the reimbursement process.

Scholarships

Shambhala Mountain Center and our presenters are working together to make online program scholarships available. Our hope is that through our scholarship program, those who would not otherwise be able to participate can benefit. We do not want finances to be a barrier. At the same time, these are challenging times for non-profits, and Shambhala Mountain Center is no exception. Every dollar helps us to weather the pandemic and to support the well-being of our teachers, staff and the land that our retreat center rests on. Thank you for supporting our mission to bring people together to experience wisdom through your presence in our programming and by contributing at the highest level that you are able to. We are in this together.

For individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend this program, we warmly encourage you to apply for a scholarship here. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Thank you for your interest in this program.

The deadline for scholarship applications is November 11th.

Please note that Larimer County employees are not eligible for scholarships. You will receive a reimbursement for the tuition through the Larimer County Lifestyle Education Benefit Program.

Registration

To register, click the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. Registration closes November 17 at 4 pm MT.

Presenters

Melissa Lago MA, MDiv is a mind-body educator, yoga teacher, and the Director of Strategic Programming at Shambhala Mountain Center. Her primary area of research is on how we cultivate resilience. Prior to completing her Masters of Divinity degree in 2018, she taught philosophy, religion, interdisciplinary studies and yoga at Holy Names University (HNU) in Oakland, CA. In 2013 she began developing the curriculum for her own health and wellness course, the Mind Body Wisdom process, which has informed her teaching since. She has taught yoga, and health and wellness classes at Massachusetts General Hospital, Shambhala Mountain Center, Harvard Center for Health and Wellness, Harvard Divinity School, Athleta, yoga studios, and for private clients. To learn more about her background, please visit her website at www.yogatransformsus.com.

Loden Nyima has been teaching meditation for over twelve years in settings ranging from long-term communities, to buddhist retreats, to secular introductions to mindfulness practice and occasional interfaith events. His training as a buddhist monk has included over ten years of intensive personal practice, philosophical study, and extensive work in education and curriculum design both within buddhist settings and for general meditation practice for diverse audiences in a range of settings. His passion is in supporting practitioners of meditation to find the tools that work for them in their lives. He currently lives and teaches at Shambhala Mountain Center.

What Past Students Have Said

“After taking this course I feel like I have some tools to work with that can help me be more centered and less anxious throughout the day during these difficult times.”

“I appreciated how calm and centered both teachers were, as well as their warmth and innate kindness.”

“Helped me take life more in stride; sleeping better.”

“The experience – my first with SMC-Online – inspired me to meditate and incorporate yoga movement into my daily life. Most importantly, it has given me the daily experience of seeing my self apart from my mental conversations which has given me the opportunity to make better choices and to grow. Thank you.”

Program Details

This online program will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time of the program, a link to join will be sent to you via email. This program will not be recorded.