Unified Mindfulness Introduction to Unified Mindfulness: Improving Life Through Meditation Dates: Check back for Upcoming Offerings Time: Check back for Upcoming Offerings Location: Online via Zoom Class Overview Unified Mindfulness is a secular system of meditation that unifies the best practices from contemplative traditions around the world into a comprehensive, evidence-based, and versatile program that allows you to fully optimize your meditation practice. Created through more than 50 years of study and research, UM is based upon the work of meditation teacher and neuroscience research consultant Shinzen Young, who has collaborated with institutions such as Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon to study the efficacy of meditation on human flourishing. UM offers a robust and precise approach for students, both new and experienced, to improve the quality of their lives and their overall happiness through meditation. Students who learn the UM approach know how to: Disentangle from stressful thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations Relax the body in the midst of daily life Deepen positive states such as joy and appreciation Apply mindfulness techniques to challenging situations – whether it’s a conflict at work or a chattering mind Meditate in the midst of daily life – while exercising or during a meeting. Choose from a range of specific techniques to apply to any life situation. In this six-week series, students will learn foundational UM practices. Classes, held conveniently via Zoom, last 90 minutes and are a mix of brief talks, meditation exercises, and guided practice along with question and answer periods. Students also practice at home during the length of the course. (Class time may vary slightly depending upon question and answer periods.) The class framework includes: Week 1: Introduction to Unified Mindfulness: Learn the foundational See, Hear, Feel technique, and meditate anywhere, anytime. Week 2: Relax and Recharge: Learn how to access and promote states of rest and relaxation through the Feel Rest technique. Week 3: Mindfulness in Daily Life: Learn how to use See, Hear, Feel and Feel Rest in daily life through “micro-hits” of practice and formal practice to accelerate your mindfulness. Week 4: Go with the Flow: Learn how to get in the zone to access states conducive to peak performance and ease. Week 5: Feel Good: Learn how to nurture positive states such as joy and gratitude and increase overall happiness. Week 6: Working with Difficulties: Learn how to apply mindfulness to challenging thoughts, emotions, and life circumstances to increase emotional regulation, balance, and ease. Enrollment and Registration: To enroll and register for the class series, please read the disclaimer and pay via Pay Pal below. Upon receipt of payment, you’ll be sent a confirmation and a Zoom link. If payment is an issue, please contact Kelly Barron at [email protected]. A Zoom link for the class will be sent to class participants the week of the first class. (If you are unfamiliar with Zoom you can learn how to join a Zoom class here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-meeting.) If you have further questions regarding the class series please contact Kelly at [email protected]. The UM program discussed and offered on this website does not constitute professional medical or therapeutic advice and should not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis, therapeutic advice, or services. Mindfulness meditation involves working with body sensations, thoughts, and emotions to help participants develop more awareness of their internal and external reactions. If for any reason you think it’s unwise or if you’re unable to engage in the practices and exercises presented during UM classes or at home you’re under no obligation to do so. You will not hold the instructor, Kelly Barron, liable for any mental, emotional, or physical injury incurred from these practices or exercises. What’s more, if you need medical, psychological, or psychiatric intervention or assistance during the class series it’s you’re responsible to seek out such services. By registering for a UM class on this site, you acknowledge you have read this disclaimer and waive the instructor, Kelly Barron, from all liability. Prices Option 1 $200.00 USD About Kelly Kelly Barron has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for 25 years. She is a Unified Mindfulness Teacher and Coach who trains other teachers and students in the UM methodology and also has co-taught on retreat with Shinzen Young. Additionally, Kelly is a UCLA certified mindfulness facilitator, who has taught for years at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, well as an Inner Kids trained teacher. Kelly teaches mindfulness privately as well as in schools, corporations, and for eMindful, a leading provider of online mindfulness programs worldwide. She also coaches clients one-on-one. Kelly came to understand the importance of living mindfully while working as a deadline-driven journalist. A longtime journalist and former associate editor and staff writer for Forbes magazine, Kelly understands how to apply mindfulness in professional settings and draws upon her journalistic curiosity to inform her work. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. A lifelong athlete with an interest in physical health and overall wellbeing, Kelly also holds a training certification from the American Council on Exercise and a nutrition certification from Precision Nutrition. Kelly has developed and facilitated mindfulness programs for organizations such as the City of Hope, Intuit, Milbank, Orrick, the Broad Center, the Skirball Cultural Center, the University of Virginia, as well as for schools throughout Los Angeles and California.