With Columbia’s longer-than-average winter finally coming to a close, the bright, sunny days of another Famously Hot summer are on the horizon. The clearer skies can do wonders for our moods and attitudes – but with large family vacations to plan and the kids out of school, even summertime can take its toll on our constantly busy minds and bodies.
The owners of Upstream Mindfulness Center want you to get the most out of your summer season. Hilda White, M.D. and Jemme Stewart, longtime mental health experts, will hold their consecutive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course Mondays, June 16-August 18, 2014, aimed to mend and redirect the way our minds and bodies respond to stress. Helping us cope with physical issues such as chronic pain and fatigue as well as anxiety, the benefits of MBSR are both far-reaching and well-documented.
While many people associate mindfulness with sharpening attention and living “in the moment,” this focused meditation method can change the way we relate to others – especially our loved ones. Research shows that mindfulness has the capacity to make us more compassionate and empathetic.
“How we treat ourselves is highly correlated with how we treat others,” says Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., an associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University. “Mindfulness guards against the feelings of stress and busyness that make us focus more on ourselves and less on the needs of other people.”
During a time when you might be spending extended hours with in-laws or entertaining guests, learning to be more understanding can mean the difference between enjoying your beach days and missing the experience entirely.
Celebrate the warmer weather and kick start your summer by registering for Upstream’s Summer 2014 weekly class series. Jemme and Hilda’s backgrounds in psychiatry and mental health nursing, respectively, allow these highly trained specialists to take a well-rounded approach in improving our interpersonal lives through mindfulness.
Summer 2014 class series at Upstream
All ability levels are welcome. Enjoy a day-long retreat near the end of the series to cap your experience.
- Orientation: Monday, June 16, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
- Classes: Mondays, June 23 – August 18, 6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Day-long retreat: Saturday, August 16, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
How to register:
- Register online at http://upstreamsc.com/registration-form. Pay registration deposit ($103.30) or full class payment ($412.80). Payments are fully refundable up to and including the date of orientation. Contact Upstream about potential sliding scale payments and scholarships.
- Attend orientation on June 16, 2014.
- If you chose to pay only the deposit, confirm registration after orientation by paying the rest of your fee online ($309.60).
- Start first class on June 23, 2014.
About Upstream: A Center for Mindfulness Practice and Holistic Mental Health
Through an array of mindfulness practices, Upstream brings Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to Columbia, S.C. via seasonal, 8-week class series, private sessions and corporate trainings to provide students of all ability levels with relaxation skills for enhanced well-being. Located in a tranquil studio in Five Points, Upstream was founded in June 2012 by longtime mental health professionals Hilda White, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst and Jemme B. Stewart, PMHCNS-BC, LPC, RYT. To learn more about this new wellness studio, visit http://upstreamsc.com, email email@example.com or call 803-250-6764.
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