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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

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.

Section SUA‐PE

04343
$55
08/03/2019
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.

Section SUA‐PE

06602
$25
08/10/2019
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.

Section SUA‐PE

06592
$299
08/12/2019 - 08/21/2019
Mon, Tue, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Sonia Masocco, R.A.P, CH
CE South Building

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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

Section FAA‐PE

06611
$135
08/20/2019 - 09/24/2019
Tue 7:00 PM ‐ 7:45 PM
Aparna Levine
Yogasaar Studio ‐ Nob Hill

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Find group 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. And being part of a mediation group helps you to sustain and deepen your practice. Using short guided meditations and mindfulness methods based on the secular, research‐supported work of Jon Kabat‐Zinn, we offer a practice session that allows you to increase your well‐being by sharing an hour each week in working towards a lifetime habit of mindfulness. NOTE: Required Prerequisite: Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight‐week course or equivalent experience. Previous experience with mindfulness meditation is required.

Section FAA‐PE

06490
$25
08/20/2019 - 10/22/2019
Tue 12:00 PM ‐ 1:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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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

Section FAB‐PE

06611
$135
08/22/2019 - 09/26/2019
Thu 7:00 PM ‐ 7:45 PM
Aparna Levine
Yogasaar Studio ‐ Nob Hill

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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.

Section FAA‐PE

04343
$55
09/07/2019
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 12:30 PM
Pamellina Cornish
CE South Building

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Undo tension, pain and stress long‐term by learning how to respond rather than react to all of life's activities. How we react from moment to moment shows up in our body as excess tension which can lead to postural misalignment, repetitive stress injury and chronic stress conditions. This introduction to The Alexander Technique, a hands‐on modality with a set of guiding principles, will inform you of how we interfere with optimal functioning of the mind, body and spirit. I will demonstrate how changing your thinking, while creating new neural pathways, changes your life.

Section FAA‐PE

06505
$59
09/14/2019
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Suzanne Powell
CE South Building

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Become acquainted with the practice of mindfulness 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. This secular, scientific, evidence‐based mindfulness practice has become widely accepted for stress reduction, pain management, improved communication and increased well‐being. Get an overview of what to expect from the eight‐week MBSR program and participate in a short guided meditation. NOTE: This is a free information session and prerequisite for the Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight‐week course. Everyone is welcome. No permission or prior knowledge is required. The last 30 minutes of class will be reserved for those registered in the MBSR eight‐week course.

Section FAA‐PE

06600
$0
09/23/2019
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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Do you want to learn to meditate, but don't exactly know how to start? Join us and discover S.E.E.D., Simple, Easy, Every, Day meditation. Learn the basics of successful meditation, what meditation is, experiences you might have, the five essentials of a successful practice, and the many benefits that will unfold for you when you practice. Note: CEU's may be available for health care practitioners. An $8 book and material fee is due to the instructor at the first class.

Section FAA‐PE

06493
$55
09/26/2019 - 10/24/2019
Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 7:00 PM
Sharen Kimmet
CE South Building

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Take better care of yourself with the mindfulness practice based on the research‐supported work of Jon Kabat‐Zinn, creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Discover why this secular, scientific, evidence‐based practice has become so widely accepted and how it can positively affect the quality of your everyday life. Experience how mindfulness aids stress reduction and pain management and learn how mindfulness can help you better contend with difficulty, improve communication with others and increase your overall sense of well‐being. 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 course. This class meets on Monday evenings and one Saturday for a day retreat on November 9 from 9:00am to 3:00pm NOTE: Required Prerequisite: Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation (FREE). Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction Orientation attendance is required. Enroll in course 06600.

Section FAA‐PE

06601
$275
09/30/2019 - 11/18/2019
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM and Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 3:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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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

Section FAC‐PE

06611
$135
10/08/2019 - 11/12/2019
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

Section FAD‐PE

06611
$135
10/10/2019 - 11/14/2019
Thu 7:00 PM ‐ 7:45 PM
Aparna Levine
Yogasaar Studio ‐ Nob Hill

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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.

Section FAA‐PE

06469
$40
10/19/2019
Sat 1:30 PM ‐ 4:30 PM
Paula Terrero
CE South Building

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Are you struggling to cut back on sugar? Learn about the hazards of including sugar in your diet, why we love it so much and why it's so hard to stop eating it. Studies show that sugar consumption contributes to many chronic illnesses and conditions, from fatigue and frequent colds and flus to diabetes, obesity and cancer. By reducing or eliminating processed sugars in your diet, you will be doing yourself and your loved ones a great favor. Explore safe alternations and mental strategies for making lasting changes. Find support for reducing your sugar consumption whether it's for medical reasons, to lose weight, to feel better, or to get out from under your sugar addiction.

Section FAA‐PE

06520
$45
10/19/2019 - 10/26/2019
Sat 10:30 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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Find group 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. And being part of a mediation group helps you to sustain and deepen your practice. Using short guided meditations and mindfulness methods based on the secular, research‐supported work of Jon Kabat‐Zinn, we offer a practice session that allows you to increase your well‐being by sharing an hour each week in working towards a lifetime habit of mindfulness. NOTE: Required Prerequisite: Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight‐week course or equivalent experience. Previous experience with mindfulness meditation is required.

Section FAB‐PE

06490
$25
10/29/2019 - 12/10/2019
Tue 12:00 PM ‐ 1:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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Depending upon the research source and criteria, 30‐50% of Americans are overweight or obese. For every pound of excess fat one carries, 7 miles of blood vessels are created. Obesity can lead to diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and depression, among other maladies. Some aspects are under our control. Others aren't. Many people share similar struggles: "I've tried everything. Nothing works. Diets don't work. Exercise doesn't work. HELP!" One size doesn't fit all. Everyone is different. Making simple and sensible lifestyle and emotional changes, people are able to lose weight and keep it off for years. WHY WEIGHT? Let's find your solution, sooner than later! Get off the obesity merry‐go‐round. Learn new tools. Cultivate health and happiness. Enjoy your life! Note: Please bring a $5 materials fee, to be given to the instructor Instructor: Pamellina Cornish, Doctor of Oriental Medicine combines all six branches of Oriental Medicine in her practice. "I have practiced natural medicine most of my life, first as a hobby in my youth, then as a licensed practitioner in Albuquerque since 1987. I have watched the population GROW. I, myself, have ballooned up and down, with weight issues over the years, for various reasons. A couple of years ago, I lost 50% of my body weight. Life is so much more comfortable now! I'm hoping that the factors contributing to my previous obesity will never flourish again."

Section FAA‐PE

06511
$55
11/02/2019
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. NOTE: Required Prerequisite: Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight‐week course.

Section FAA‐PE

06602
$25
11/09/2019
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 3:00 PM
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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Eastern Practice Classes

Eastern Practice - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

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.

Section FAA‐PE

06456
$75
09/03/2019 - 10/22/2019
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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