Sold OutSundays, January 11, 18, 25, & February 1, 2015 at 6:00-7:15PM
Experience More Balance and Ease in Your Life
This series offers practical, easy to use tools for integrating mindfulness practices and meditation into everyday living. As these practices become more second nature, you’ll find yourself meeting stressful moments with less reactivity and more mental clarity, releasing you from the grip of self-defeating emotions and behaviors.
Appropriate for all levels, classes meet over the course of 4 weeks.
In each class and in your daily practice you’ll be learning to:
1. Observe thoughts before taking action
2. Respond effectively to emotional triggers
3. Heighten your awareness of how the body responds to stress
Each class offers practical information, guidance, and first hand experience in practicing each of the methods presented. Small class sizes allow for individual attention and support. Activities and discussion are tailored to meet the needs of class participant.
Vickie Chang Ph.D.
Vickie started meditating regularly in 2008, following a weeklong silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock in Marin. At the retreat, she was instructed to live in the present moment, minute after minute. Although her mind wandered incessantly, the practice of mindfulness gave her an incredible, lasting experience of peace, joy, and compassion. She was hooked. Since then, Vickie has spent more than 3 months total in silent meditation practice, and is enrolled in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner’s Program.
Inspired by her experience, Vickie, who has a PhD in clinical psychology, began to study mindfulness meditation as a way to improve wellness for adolescents and caregivers at the UCSF Osher Center. She trained with Dr. Bob Stahl in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and also in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for depression. She currently teaches mindfulness meditation for the San Mateo County Health & Wellness program, for groups of women in Palo Alto, and for chronic pain clients at the Feinberg Medical Group. She uses mindfulness techniques in her private practice in Menlo Park, where she conducts individual therapy with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, work stress, relationship conflict, physical pain, and other problems that come with being human.
Vickie finds it incredibly rewarding to be sharing a practice that has transformed her life. People come to mindfulness for all kinds of reasons—from trauma to work stress to wanting to feel more joy in life. She loves seeing how each individual makes the practice their own and how the practice helps individuals to become more embodied. As Vickie has seen time and time again, mindfulness has the power to put people back in touch with their vitality and natural wisdom.