8 consecutive Tuesday evenings at StudioMOVE in Mendon every Spring in April and May and every Fall in September and October.
(see below for payment options and discounts)
Included with your registration, you will receive:
Eight weeks plus a half day retreat. (Date TBD)
Peaceful Mind/Joyful Heart is a comprehensive 8-week course into the art of mindfulness, modeled on the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical Center. This comprehensive program will include the most effective parts of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course as well as the newest research in Positive Psychology and Energy work.
This course incorporates the techniques of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Energy Work
Tired of feeling overwhelmed, anxious or worried? Tired of the continuous stress and heartache?
There is a way to live with less suffering and more Peace. Less fear and more Joy!
If this is what you want, then the Peaceful Mind/Joyful Heart may be right for you! You’ll train the mind not to ruminate on the past or worry about the future. You’ll learn to accept and love yourself more unconditionally and put an end to the self criticism and judgment that brings us down. You’ll be led through a failure proof process of meditation and supported with your regular mindfulness practice.
This is an eight week course pulling the best material from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course out of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center as well as the most up to date research from the work of Positive Psychology. It’s a structured and supportive program to learn a different way of being.
How Might this Training Benefit My Life?
When we feel “stressed out” we often have physical reactions including increased blood pressure, interrupted digestion, increased heart rate, tense muscles and other changes. All of the systems that are supposed to keep us well can be disrupted by stress. As a result, our health may be compromised and we may develop backaches, headaches, GI distress, fatigue, auto-immune deficiencies, sleeplessness or other symptoms.
There is a large body of research showing that training the mind brings many benefits to the physical body. It’s been accepted as a useful therapy for anxiety and depression for around a decade, with more recent research showing it’s effectiveness in treating physical ailments and disease such as cancer, irritable bowel, heart disease, asthma, headaches, chronic pain, addiction, sleep disturbances and more.
It can also change the brain and make it more efficient in processing mental tasks. It has been shown that mindfulness training can increase the size and connectivity of areas of the brain responsible for focused attention while decreasing the size and connectivity of areas responsible for mind wandering and attentional lapses. By limiting intrusive thoughts, mindfulness improves attentional ability and even memory function.
MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress.
As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker.
The “functional connectivity” between these regions – i.e. how often they are activated together – also changes. The connection between the amygdala and the rest of the brain gets weaker, while the connections between areas associated with attention and concentration get stronger.
You need not have any prior experience with meditation and may have a very busy mind or a body that likes to move a lot. Mindfulness is not about sitting still or moving slowly. Mindfulness is about bring attention to this moment whether it is stillness or fidgety. Participants will be engage in many different forms of mindfulness practices which include yoga, sitting, walking, standing, and Qi Gong.
By training your mind to focus on the present, you learn not to get lost in regrets from the past or worries about the future. Mindfulness teaches you to be in control of your mind so that your mind doesn’t control you.
This course was developed in a way that is accessible to all people regardless of the religious traditions or beliefs. Mindfulness practice is really just about being awake to our lives as they are and working with seeing our process and ourselves more clearly. This tends to be a good compliment to many religious traditions in ways that you can explore as you develop your practice.
I’ve had the busiest of minds where there was no break in the compulsive thinking, figuring out, planning, ruminating, judging, making assumptions, worrying, worrying, and more worrying! This caused me sleepless nights, anxiety, fear, depression, digestion problems as well as an overall loss of peace and the ability to experience joy on a regular basis. Mindfulness practice has saved my life! I am now able to spend the majority of my time really living a full life instead of being consumed in thought about life situations. I teach the class because I want to help you save your life too!
In this course you will:
$100 deposit upon registration, followed by the balance on the first day of class.
Or pay in full.
If this is a hardship please email me to create a payment plan.
Early Bird Special:
Register by March 1st and receive $25 off the total cost of registration.
Returning MBSR participants receive an additional $25 off the total cost of registration.
Think of the Peaceful Mind/Joyful Heart as an investment. An investment into your relationships with yourself, your partner, your children and family, your friends, your work and your world. The quality of all of these interactions will reap the benefits!
This course comes with a 100% guarantee. If you complete the course and feel like it did not improve your life enough to make it worth your time, money and effort, I’ll refund you 100% of your purchase price.
I know that this course will be as life-changing for you as it was for me.
” Wow! I loved this class! It was thought provoking and led to lots of soul searching! It also led to great conversations with loved ones.”
“Bani you are a true Healer! One simply cannot underestimate the value in engaging in Mind/Body connection work and you make it easy and accessible to do this work!”
“I feel so much more peace and calm after practicing the Emotional Freedom Technique, Qi Gong, Body Scans and Meditation! My day instantly brightens!”
“The program has helped me to become more present with myself and the people around me. It has produced more positive relationships with others. I have shared many of the practices with my students and they have shared with me how much it has helped them!”
“This class saved me from falling into a dark hole with no light at the end! It gave me the strength to pull myself out of it! I am so thankful for the practice.”
“Since taking this course, I make more time for myself to be inwardly aware of myself. I feel more loving towards myself, which I strongly feel has transferred to those around me!”
“This course really helped me go into the heart and get out of my head! To analyze is to paralyze. It has also improved my communication with others! I am so happy that I took the time to invest in and achieve this higher version of myself!”
“I feel hopeful again that I have the power within myself to manage my responses to stress and experience true peace and relaxation!”
“I loved this program! Each week Bani gave us another perspective to build on the last. Each presentation and practice had a purpose. It was all so thought provoking and I really have a greater understanding of Mindfulness and ways to combat stress and negative energy in my life!”
“This course was really comprehensive, practical and we were very supported. We were given so many useful tools – a wide variety so everyone could resonate with something! So much to take away! Bani has wonderful presentation. I loved how she shared personally making it very relatable. She kept it fun and we covered a lot! Really a wonderful program!”
Location: StudioMOVE in Mendon
Cost: $375.00. Save $25.00 if you register by August 1st!
Checks and Venmo also accepted.
Checks can be made out to Bani Aello
mail to :
960 Sagamore Way
Victor NY 14564
If you have attended a Mindfulness course with me in previous years you will receive an additional $25.00 off!
Call: (585) 957-6235