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Optimal Well-Being and Eastern Practice Classes

Having a life well lived is essential for everyone to thrive. It is more than surviving. According the CDC, “In simple terms, well-being can be described as judging life positively and feeling good.” This generally includes global judgments of life satisfaction and positive emotional responses, such as happiness, awe and joy. A few keys to well-being are social connection, compassion for ourselves and others, mindfulness and kindness. Eastern practices courses are time-honored traditions of wellness from non-Western cultures. Courses in this area are designed for a meaningful impact on well-being. These courses may be repeated semester to semester or to discover a new wellness strategy.


Optimal Well‐being Classes

Optimal Well‐being - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Discover drug‐free methods for treating or preventing depression and enhancing well‐being. Depression seems to be a part of modern life, manifested as severely as clinical depression or as simply as feeling chronically tired or dissatisfied with life. But studies show that depression is nearly non‐existent among modern‐day hunter‐gatherers despite their difficult lives and lack of modern resources. Based on the work of clinical psychologist Stephen Ilardi, learn how simple lifestyle changes that most anyone can do may make a world of difference in how you feel and help you get back on track. Note: This course is not a substitute for medical treatment. Please seek medical advice if you suffer from a serious depressive condition.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SPA‐PE

06509
$45
5/4/2019 - 5/11/2019
Sat 10:30 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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Seven major chakras power the electromagnetic energy systems of your human body. Each operates like a an engine to keep your body operating smoothly. Pain and dysfunction result from stagnation and blockage of your body's energy pathways. Learn the roles of your chakras, and how each affects you on mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. Explore ways to practice exercises and mindfulness to keep your chakras well‐oiled. Please wear gym clothes and bring either a large, thick towel or a yoga mat, so you can comfortably lie on the floor during guided protocols. Dr. Pamellina Cornish is a Natural Physician and Dr. of Oriental Medicine, in private practice in Albq. since 1987. She empowers her patients to take care of all aspects of their health with natural protocols and remedies.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SPB‐PE

04343
$55
5/11/2019
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Pamellina Cornish
CE South Building

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Mindfulness for the millennium will provide answers, insights and step by step clear instructions to help you understand what mindfulness is and what it is not, why its gaining popularity and how to integrate it into your life and daily activities.This class offers simple and straightforward forms of mindfulness meditations that can be done by anyone in 10‐20 mins a day. Through a combination of enlightening lectures and teachings, a variety of mindfulness practices and reflection you will take home a conceptual understanding of timeless wisdom as well as your own new experiential insight.

Note: UNM Tuition Remissions Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SPB‐HF

06610
$79
5/26/2019
Sun 11:00 AM ‐ 2:00 PM
Aparna Levine
Yogasaar Studio ‐ Nob Hill

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We live in a time when meditation and mindfulness are becoming widespread, teaching us tools for tapping into our capacity for authentic living, stronger relationships, fulfilling work, increased well‐being and embracing our lives with loving presence. This class teaches a range of mindfulness practices and practical ways to bring mindfulness into your internal and external environment. Instructor: Aparna Levine

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SUA‐HF

06611
$135
6/4/2019 - 7/9/2019
Tue 7:00 PM ‐ 7:45 PM
Aparna Levine
Yogasaar Studio ‐ Nob Hill

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We live in a time when meditation and mindfulness are becoming widespread, teaching us tools for tapping into our capacity for authentic living, stronger relationships, fulfilling work, increased well‐being and embracing our lives with loving presence. This class teaches a range of mindfulness practices and practical ways to bring mindfulness into your internal and external environment. Instructor: Aparna Levine

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SUB‐HF

06611
$135
6/6/2019 - 7/18/2019
Thu 7:00 PM ‐ 7:45 PM
Aparna Levine
Yogasaar Studio ‐ Nob Hill

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Sugar is a drug. So what's a sweet tooth to do? A plethora of documentaries on sugar as a toxic substance have appeared in the media and research shows the pleasure centers in the brain that respond to cocaine also respond to sugar. Learn about sugar's effect on the body and discover delightful, healthful, and safe sugar substitutes. NOTE: A $5 materials fee will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of class.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

06508
$55
6/8/2019
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Pamellina Cornish
CE South Building

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With the rising popularity in the use of essential oils, this class provides a foundation for the advancement of knowledge concerning the use of aromatic plants and essential oils. During this series you will learn the history of aromatherapy, profile of 20 essential oils, understand the chemistry and quality of essential oils and cover the methods of extraction. Furthermore you will learn the basic physiological effects of essential oils: methods of absorption, and how essential oils interact on physical and emotional levels and basic safety.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

06590
$299
6/10/2019 - 6/19/2019
Mon, Tue, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Sonia Masocco, R.A.P, CH
CE South Building

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Find support for a simple, accessible practice of mindfulness meditation. Research in neuroscience tells us that a consistent meditation practice actually rewires the brain. Harvard researchers, using MRI scans, have shown that meditation can increase our "gray matter, " which may lead to better cognitive and psychological functioning. Meditation practice may help you to lower your daily stress, increase your focus, improve your sleep or reconnect with your life. Using mindfulness meditation methods based on the work of Jon Kabat‐Zinn in his Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts, join a supportive practice group for those seeking to increase their well‐being by sharing an hour each week in working towards a lifetime habit of mindfulness. Prerequisite: Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8‐week course or equivalent experience. Previous experience with mindfulness meditation is required.

Note: This course is eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

06490
$25
6/11/2019 - 8/13/2019
Tue 12:00 PM ‐ 1:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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90% of Americans suffer from back pain at least once. What causes it? How can we heal it? Dr. Pamela Cornish, NP, DOM, struggled with rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years, sciatica for 5 months, and a herniated disc for 3 years. Dr. Cornish is her name and backs are her game! By applying the techniques taught in this class, she has been free of the above since 1986, 1989 and 1994, respectively. Learn helpful tips for sitting, standing, working and sleeping to prevent developing back pain. If you already have back pain, and would like to explore ideas and tools in natural medicine before resorting to drugs and/or surgery, please join us for a morning of learning. NOTE: A $5 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

06491
$55
6/15/2019
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Pamellina Cornish
CE South Building

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Become acquainted with the practice of mindfulness meditation as developed by Jon Kabat‐Zinn for the Stress Reduction Clinic at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Learn how this secular, scientific, evidence‐based practice has become so widely accepted, and discover how it can positively affect the quality of your everyday life. NOTE: This is a free information session and prerequisite for the Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8‐week course. Everyone is welcome. No permission or prior knowledge is required.

Section SUA‐PE

06600
$0
6/24/2019
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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Learn how to take better care of yourself with mindfulness meditation based on the work of Jon Kabat‐Zinn. Discover the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, pain management and increased well‐being. Find out how mindfulness practice can help you better contend with difficulty, improve communication with others, and enhance your quality of life. Participate in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching with mindful movement, and inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life. The course includes access to guided meditations and an all‐day retreat near the end of the class. NOTE: Required Prerequisite: Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation (FREE). Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction Orientation attendance is required. Enroll in course 06600.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Health and Fitness

Section SUA‐HF

06601
$250
7/1/2019 - 8/19/2019
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM and Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 3:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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This two‐week course will provide information on the history of Curanderismo (the art of Mexican traditional Healing) in the Southwest, Mexico and other countries. The student will explore an integrative approach to medicine and featuring demonstrations that incorporate Curanderismo with various traditional and holistic health techniques, such as: the creation of a Sacred space; herbs and rituals; Ceremonial use of the sweat lodge temazcal); Energetic cleansings (limpias); Herbal smoke (moxa); Medicine of the drum; fire cupping (ventosas); Juice therapy (jugo terapia); death and healing (Día de los Muertos); intestinal blockage (empacho); laugh therapy (risa terapia); shawl alignments (manteadas) and an Herbal walk with well‐known herbalists. The students will also participate in a traditional health fair. This course will use instructors who are researchers in the field, healers, and health practitioners from UNM, Mexico, Southwest, Albuquerque and other countries. NOTE: A materials fee of $50 will be collected at the time of registration. For more information, please visit curanderismo.unm.edu. CEUs are available for an additional fee. Required books:Curanderismo The Art of Traditional Medicine without Borders by Eliseo "Cheo " Torres • Curandero Traditional Healers of the Southwest and Mexico by Eliseo "Cheo " Torres with Imanol Miranda • Curandero A Life in Mexican Folk Healing by Eliseo "Cheo " Torres Optional:Healing with Herbs and Rituals by Eliseo "Cheo " Torres, edited by Tim Sawyer • Infusions of Healing by Joie Davidow There are optional afternoon and evening classes and activities (sweat lodge, temazcal) with a small fee to the instructor/sponsor. Please review the syllabus given before the class for specific information.

Section SUA‐PE

04351
$300
7/8/2019 - 7/19/2019
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 8:00 AM ‐ 12:40 PM
Dr. Eliseo Torres
UNM Main Campus

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Reiki is a Japanese healing art. Anyone can use Reiki for self and others. It can relieve stress, insomnia, fatigue and pain and accelerate healing of body, mind and spirit. In this introductory class you learn about Usui Reiki Ryoho, its history, levels of training and practical applications. You can experience the Reiki touch, have your questions answered, and develop a basis for deciding whether or not to pursue Reiki treatment or training.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Health and Fitness.

Section SUA‐PE

06469
$40
7/13/2019
Sat 1:30 PM ‐ 4:30 PM
Paula Terrero
CE South Building

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This is a hands on, practical class. During this class you will learn how to create and design effective blends. You will be exposed to various carrier bases, vegetable oils and other diluents used in making finished products. Preparations for inhalations, diffusion, topical, internal methods of application will be made. NOTE: Materials fee for essential oils of $40 is paid to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

06591
$299
7/15/2019 - 7/24/2019
Mon, Tue, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Sonia Masocco, R.A.P, CH
CE South Building

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Seven major chakras power the electromagnetic energy systems of your human body. Each operates like a an engine to keep your body operating smoothly. Pain and dysfunction result from stagnation and blockage of your body's energy pathways. Learn the roles of your chakras, and how each affects you on mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. Explore ways to practice exercises and mindfulness to keep your chakras well‐oiled. Please wear gym clothes and bring either a large, thick towel or a yoga mat, so you can comfortably lie on the floor during guided protocols. Dr. Pamellina Cornish is a Natural Physician and Dr. of Oriental Medicine, in private practice in Albquerque since 1987. She empowers her patients to take care of all aspects of their health with natural protocols and remedies. NOTE: A $5 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SUA‐PE

04343
$55
8/3/2019
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Pamellina Cornish
CE South Building

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Deepen your mindfulness meditation practice with a full day of mindfulness from the Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Expand your capacity for stress reduction, pain management and increased overall well‐being with this day‐long retreat. Retreats and longer periods of mindfulness practice help us to sustain and deepen our mindfulness practice and intention, resulting in an ability to better contend with difficulty, increased resilience and enhanced quality of life. Take time for yourself and enjoy a day of mindfulness meditation practices including sitting meditation, gentle stretching, walking meditation and mindful eating to increase your ability to be present moment to moment in every aspect of your life. Required Prerequisite: Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8‐week course.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

06602
$25
8/10/2019
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 3:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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This class is for those that are seriously thinking about using aromatherapy to support their own health. In this series you will learn safety issues including dermal, respiratory and internal use. Contraindications and cautions in the use of essential oils or in the dilutions of them. The learning will be reinforced by case studies and group brainstorming lead by Sonia Masocco, clinical aromatherapist with over 20 years of experience in clinical practice.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

Section SUA‐PE

06592
$299
8/12/2019 - 8/21/2019
Mon, Tue, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Sonia Masocco, R.A.P, CH
CE South Building

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Eastern Practice Classes

Eastern Practice - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Qi Gong will provide an interlude or weekly tune‐up; reorienting your mental focus to a higher vibration. This unique meditation combines visualization and breathing, dissolving the negativity and related health concerns that can occur due to every day challenges. Guided meditation is an actual exchange of energy with the universe. Dissolving and releasing negativity on a regular basis enhances mental physical and spiritual health, refreshing your entire being with new energy.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SPC‐PE

06456
$75
5/14/2019 - 7/2/2019
Tue 11:30 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Ty Beh
CE South Building

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This course teaches the First Section of the traditional Yang Family Style 108 movement Long Form of T'ai Chi Ch'uan: the most widely practiced form of T'ai Chi in the world. Special emphasis is placed on methods of improving balance skills, identification and release of areas of body tension, and eliminating habits which can cause stress to the knee and lower back. Documented health benefits of regular Form practice include stress reduction, enhanced body awareness and improved lower body strength. Virginia Huettig began her study of T'ai Chi in 1996. She has taught T'ai Chi Ch'uan at UNM since 2002.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Health and Fitness.

Section SUA‐PE

06497
$90
6/25/2019 - 7/23/2019
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Virginia Huettig
CE North Building

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Balance your body, mind, and spirit with Qigong, the ancient Chinese art of energy! Qigong postures are easy, flowing low‐intensity movements that promote better circulation, strength and balance while simultaneously helping to heal the spirit. Jingong, or seated Qigong, allows you to release stress, enhance your health, and direct the mind to heal the body.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment

Section SUA‐PE

06456
$75
7/9/2019 - 8/27/2019
Tue 10:30 AM ‐ 11:30 AM
Ty Beh
CE South Building

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UNMUNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Personal Enrichment Tuition Remission for Optimal Well-Being and Eastern Practice Classes.

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