New Classes Starting in January 2023
Do you want to connect to the beauty of every day experience, to live life more fully and be more present? Do you find that day-to-day busyness distracts you from appreciating what's around you? Explore the practice of meditation, gentle yoga, and other ways of developing and sustaining greater awareness, compassion and presence in your life.
January 2023 Mindfulness for Wellness: an Introduction
Yoga and Mindfulness Studio at Swansea Center for Psychotherapy
Saturday mornings 10-12
Jan. 28 - March 4th, 2023
This 6-week course is an introduction to Mindfulness for people with all levels of experience. The effective tools of meditation, body scan and gentle yoga can support people with no previous experience of meditation. If you already have a practice, this class can bring a fresh perspective and energy to it.
We’ll gently discover how Mindfulness practice can reduce stress, while becoming more aware of our authentic being. We’ll learn how to develop a steady practice to deeply support mental, physical and emotion health. Materials include practice audio files and handouts for home practice.
1. Is Mindfulness meditation?
Meditation is a practice that helps us cultivate Mindfulness – which is a way of awareness, of noticing our experience in a compassionate way. One definition of Mindfulness is “Moment-to-moment awareness, on purpose.” Mindfulness helps us to gain greater wellbeing through paying deeper attention.
2. Do you need any experience to take this class?
No experience is needed to take this class. For those who have some experience, it can serve as a refresher course.
3. How will Mindfulness help me?
Mindfulness practice can help us to slow down, to notice, to be more gentle with ourselves, allowing us space to find greater clarity about what truly matters to us.
4. Is there homework?
Yes, as part of this class we will practice guided meditations at home daily, and short readings each week.
5. What are the provisions for COVID?
This is an in-person class. The class size is limited to 8, providing enough space for safer social distancing. No vaccination is required to take this in-person class, however we ask you to not attend if you are having any symptoms. Masks are optional for instructors and students.
6. Do I need to bring anything and how should I dress?
Bring a journal and pen, and wear loose comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.
7. Are any materials provided?
Audio files of all meditations and yoga sequences will be provided for home practice, plus a folder of handouts with written materials.
8. Where is the class located?
We’ll meet in the Yoga and Mindfulness Studio at Swansea Center for Psychotherapy.
9. What are the directions?
Yoga and Mindfulness Studio, Swansea Center for Psychotherapy, 25 Market St, Suite 15, Swansea MA, is about 15 minutes east of Providence, RI and 15 min west of Fall River, MA. From I-195, take exit 5 onto Market St, Rt 136. Go through the intersection, staying in the right lane, and turn right into the parking lot just behind Dunkin’ Donuts. The studio is located on the second floor of the brick building.
10. Is it handicapped accessible?
Yes. There is an elevator in the building with easy access for wheelchairs to the yoga studio.
For information or to register, call Annie Geissinger LMHC 401-226-5583
or email [email protected] Fee: $240 for the 6–week session
Annie Geissinger MA LMHC has a private psychotherapy practice in Warren, RI. She has walked A Beauty Way with teacher JiMi Tao and has been a member of spiritual community for over 15 years. Classes and workshops in Mindfulness, Soul Nature and Awakening Dreams derive from her diverse experiences, including Meditation, Authentic Movement and creative arts. Annie has degrees in Music and Expressive Arts Therapy. She completed a professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA. For more information about Annie’s teachings, see www.hawkdance.com
Responses to Introduction to Mindfulness
“Annie is a gentle teacher whose wisdom and insights made a topic that was once amorphous to me accessible, available and actionable. I have reconnected with parts of my self long ignored, and gained insights that have inspired and influenced a new personal path.“
– M.C. Smithfield, RI.
“Annie has a gentle, fun, focused approach to guiding the Mindfulness class experience. I left each session with a sense of warmth and relaxation, marveling at how such easy-to-do practices could affect me so. I am also very grateful for the recordings of the practices Annie provided!”
-M.W. Cranston, RI.
“My heart was lifted and my mind at peace.”
– R.H. Providence, RI
“I really learned a lot from this class and I feel blessed to have taken it. I use the body scan each night…Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I hope to continue to grow as a person in this area.”
– N.N. Swansea, MA
“I enjoyed my first experience with mindful meditation. Annie is a gracious and patient teacher. Each class has definitely provided me with new ideas and new techniques to help me grow and learn about myself. I am very grateful that this opportunity came to me.”
– K.T. East Providence, RI
“I am so grateful that I gave myself the gift of Annie’s Introduction to Mindfulness course. I did not realize when I signed up for this four-week series that it would have such a positive effect on my life. Annie’s gentle and skillful presence allowed me to effortlessly incorporate her ideas and teaching into my everyday routine. I feel enriched by the lessons I learned and I highly recommend and encourage you to treat yourself to this nurturing and wholesome experience.”
-C.V. Johnston, RI