Schoolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students
“This nature-based approach teaches the client how to quiet their overactive brain and reconnect with their body—the bodymind—to hear what it’s trying to say.” Smith says that with proper guidance and practice, the “bodymind will reveal, organically and naturally, the unconscious material that is ready to be released—often in the form of memories, limiting beliefs, suppressed emotions and body sensations.”
As the addiction crisis continues to rise, new responses and comprehensive alternatives are needed to support people in this struggle. FAVOR Greenville provides a highly innovative and flexible approach designed for ease of access and long-term support.
Dog lovers with a pet that trembles, whines or rushes to the door in anticipation of being left alone know that the problem can interfere with work, school or travel days and make life difficult for you and your companion.
Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects.
A favorite of Clemson Downs residents is an intergenerational program called Brain Fitness Camp. Hosted by Dr. Cheryl Dye, Director of the Institute for Engaged Aging at CU’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Science, undergraduate students establish a program of activities that Marketing Specialist Ruthie Millar says, “meet residents where they are”. The six-week programs encompass a variety of subjects such as fitness, exercise, music, dance, food and more. Friendships are formed between students and residents, sometimes lasting beyond graduation.
Membership in all OLLI programs is open to all seasoned, mature learners. The Clemson OLLI program has a membership fee of $30 plus the cost of individual courses and materials. Subjects with courses include Business, Computers, Health, Home and Garden, Languages and Travel, Natural History, Outdoor Adventures, Practical Arts (Hobbies), Psychology and Science, Arts, Culture and Music.
Oasis Day Spa in Anderson has announced that they will be adding life coaching services from Mind Over Matter to their array of services. Melissa Rubert, the owner of Mind Over Matter, has a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in counseling, and 12 years of combined experience in mental health counseling and vocational counseling.
The MBSR program at Greenville Center for Mindfulness is an 8-week program that meets for two hours per week. One day is given over to a retreat that usually includes a walking meditation. In a walking meditation, participants are encouraged to be mindful of the way their bodies feel, from the rhythm of their breath to the sensation of their feet touching the ground. The program is recommended for people with stress due to work, relationships, or health-related issues.
Reflective herd behavior observations is just one of the many experiential exercises women of the Upstate will be enjoying during the Embracing Chaos workshop at EquineFlow in Piedmont. During a seven week program in September and October, participants interact with horses to learn how to maintain their center in the middle of mayhem, deal with emotional pain, stay grounded in tough times and ignite brilliance under pressure.