6 WEEK PROGRAM
Facilitated by Younion's Founder and Therapist, Natasha Grey
Since 2000, the number of scientific studies on mindfulness has increased significantly. As a result of these studies, valuable insights about both the effects of mindfulness and the underlying mechanisms have emerged. These studies have shown that the effects of mindfulness cannot be attributed simply to relaxation, but also to complex processes, like attention regulation, focus, and emotional coping.
This program was developed to systematically increase mindfulness not only through mindfulness practice, but also by considering the underlying mechanisms of mindfulness at play. This program answers questions such as, “What happens when I meditate?” Why and how does mindfulness increase well-being? How is acceptance of emotions different from suppression and distraction? What are the effects of mindfulness and how can it improve my life?
This program offers experiential practices including the latest tools and techniques of neuroscience, psychology and the study of well-being. By addressing the most important elements of mindfulness, one-by-one, this program breaks down mindfulness in a comprehensive way. After completing this program, participants will have learned how to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives and have gained a deeper understanding of the essence of the construct itself.
Each session is a combination of lecture, practice, and discussion.
You will learn:
Overview of Mindfulness
- Obstacles to Mindfulness
- Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain
- Working with Difficult Emotions
- Cultivating Positive Emotions
- Working with Difficult Thoughts
- Mindful Interactions
You will also learn a variety of mindfulness practices so that you can discover which practice is most helpful and beneficial to you. Practices taught include:
- Loving-Kindness Meditations
- Practices to develop positive emotions
- Practices to encourage quality sleep
This Program includes:
Six one and a half hour sessions
- Deep-dive into a specific element of mindfulness per session
- Practices that you can integrate into your daily life
- Group format with home practice exercises
- Weekly debriefing practices to increase wellness
- A personal workbook to use for notes and extra exercises
- Weekly presentations
- Guided meditations to use at home
- List of daily mindfulness quotes organised by weekly topic
- Discounts to use towards other Younion services to continue practice
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PROGRAM
“The subtle transition over six weeks has yielded a transformational impact on my life, which has allowed me to slow down, take charge of my thoughts, and nurture a deep connection with myself and those around me.”-- Pamela W.
“Natasha has created a warm and accepting space for us to share and learn. You will not be disappointed!”-- Ayla J.
“I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to enhance their mental wellness and carve out some time for reflection and self-study.”-- Alison M.
SESSION 1: Attention & the Now
In this session, you will learn about the two most important building blocks of mindfulness: attention and the present moment awareness. The role of thoughts and their relationship with the present moment is introduced.
SESSION 2: Judgment
In this session, open awareness is introduced by addressing the evaluative nature of the mind. While open awareness involves non-judgment, countless judgments and evaluations cloud most of our daily awareness. By becoming aware of these judgments, an important obstacle of open awareness is removed. In this session, participants experience the judgmental nature of their mind and learn about the problematic aspects of judgments.
SESSION 3: Acceptance
The goal of this session is to introduce the concept of acceptance. Mindfulness promotes an accepting stance towards experiences. Rather than fighting or avoiding experiences, mindfulness requires willingness to experience them. Acceptance, however, is a complex and paradoxical construct. This session aims to clarify the essence of acceptance by learning to apply acceptance to difficult emotions and by explaining the goal of acceptance.
SESSION 4: Compassion
In this session, participants will become acquainted with their inner critic and by increasing their awareness of the inner critic and practicing self-compassion through meditation and self-caring action, they will learn to effectively cultivate a friendly and caring relationship with the self.
SESSION 5: Intention and Goals
This session clarifies the relationship between intentions and goals and how mindfulness plays a massive role in the fulfillment of attaining any goal.
SESSION 6: Integration
This session focuses on the ways in which mindfulness can be integrated in daily life. In this session, participants are invited to create a personal plan for sustainably incorporating mindfulness in their daily lives after completing this training.
About The Facilitator
Natasha Grey is a Therapist and the author of the acclaimed children’s book, Everyday Superheroes. She is also the host of iTunes New and Noteworthy podcast, The Conscious Living Podcast where she interviewed and learned from the best in the industry, everyone from NY Times bestselling authors to CEO's of large organizations who incorporate meditation into their business’ as well as powerful women raising a family at home. Natasha's experience as a psychotherapist combined with her immersive work in meditation practices’ gives her an incredible advantage of cultivating a unique, transformative environment and experience for all human beings from all walks of life.