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Course Updates

  • Lead with Compassion: Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)  Balance Through Movement 200-hour(RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. Program starting in September 2024
  • YTT Open House Coming Soon, Thursday, May 23 at 6 PM. Register here.
  • 8-Week Mindfulness Foundation course,  a community-driven online w/ Paula Huffman, BS, RN, EYRT. Starts in April. Morning and evening sections are available. Scroll down for dates.

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers meditation and mind-body awareness training that will teach you to slow down, set priorities, and stay calm, focused, and relaxed during a busy life. These practices will enhance your body’s natural adaptive healing ability and cultivate the mind’s clarity and insight.

This evidence-based program is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s model. Mindfulness is ‘the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.’ It enables individuals to step out of ‘automatic pilot.’ and connect and respond to daily life with increased awareness and self-control.

The class format includes instruction and practice of mindfulness skills, mind-body exercises, group dialogue, and daily home assignments. In this program, you will receive the following:

  • Eight weekly classes of 2 hours each
  • Recordings with guided meditations and stretching practices
  • Access extensive handouts, reading lists, home assignments, resources, etc.
  • Participants are encouraged to practice home assignments for 30-40 minutes daily and complete an initial questionnaire and a course evaluation. This challenging, life-affirming course requires a solid commitment to maximal benefit. Your instructors are committed to and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.

“What I have grown to recognize about myself is that I spend a great deal of time caring for everyone…This class…taught me about my origin and my environment and its role in how I have learned to survive and cope with life. I feel better about my existence, and it has allowed me to engage in self-care.”

Lead with Compassion Yoga Teacher Training
Virtual Open House

Led by Balance Through Movement, hosted by UNC’s Program on Integrative Medicine

Join lead faculty Laura Terry and Whitney Wilkerson for a yoga practice and an information session to discuss the curriculum. There will also be time for a Q&A about the upcoming 200-Hour Teacher Training, which begins in September 2024.

The virtual open house is on Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 6-7 PM EST.

Click here to register

Balance Through Movement Lead With Compassion Yoga Teacher Training program offers an inclusive and compassionate approach to Hatha yoga with a foundation in contemporary anatomy, neuroscience, and research-backed mindfulness tools. They emphasize body mechanics, modifications to adapt the practice, and modern knowledge of the body and mind to offer a comprehensive scope of yoga. Balance Through Movement Lead With Compassion is a Yoga Alliance-certified training.

QUESTIONS? Contact Whitney and Laura: balancethroughmovement.com/contact

May

Lead with Compassion Yoga Teacher Training
Virtual Open House

Led by Balance Through Movement, hosted by UNC’s Program on Integrative Medicine

Virtual Open House on Thursday, May 23, 2024/ 6-7 PM EST.

Join lead faculty Laura Terry and Whitney Wilkerson for a yoga practice followed by an information session to discuss the curriculum. There will also be time for a Q&A about the upcoming 200-Hour Teacher Training, which begins in September 2024.

Click here to register

June

Get Started with Mindfulness & Meditation: Free Community Online Event, with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Choose the date that suits you best from our two options, and remember, there’s just one registration link for your convenience!

Click here to register

Saturday morning, June 1, 2024, 10:30-11:30 AM EST.

Monday evening, June 3, 2024, 7-8 PM EST.

Events are free, but registration is needed. After registration, you will receive a Zoom link.

If you’ve been curious about Mindfulness and Meditation but haven’t known where to start, this event is for you. Join us for an introduction to Mindfulness that will demystify its concepts and show you how it can enhance your life.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the meaning of Mindfulness.
  • Experience a brief Mindfulness Meditation.
  • Discuss the potential benefits of practicing mindfulness.
  • Learn about the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses.

Who can Benefit?

This is an inclusive event open to anyone interested in exploring mindfulness programs. Whether you’re seeking stress relief or a deeper connection with your everyday life, we invite you to attend this enlightening session.


8-Week Mindfulness Foundational Course for Stress Management and Life Enhancement with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Tuesdays, June 11 – August 6, 2024, 6-8 PM EST, via Zoom

*If you miss a session, you will be emailed a recording.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Fee: $375 General Public | $350 UNC Affiliates| $275 Repeat Participants | $250 Repeat UNC Affiliates

Click here to register


“Spring into Summer” Mindfulness Retreat,  with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 9:30-3:30 PM EST

Location: Old Murphy School, 3717 School Rd., Durham, NC 27705

Fee: $125 for New Registrants | $100 for Previous 8-week Course Participants | There is no charge for participants enrolled in the current 8-week course.

Click here to register

Rest  Restore  Rejuvenate 

All former experience is optional for attendance at this Retreat.

Take a Pause from the “Daily Grind.”

Participation in this retreat will remind you of the possibilities for calming and nurturing yourself while you learn techniques for applying Mindfulness to every aspect of your life.

Our day will include:

  • Seated Meditation at the Pond
  • Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Movement
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Walking Meditation at the Labyrinth
  • Gratitude Practice
  • Time for Solitude

 

Please wear comfortable clothing.

Please bring your outdoor chair.

Please bring a packed lunch and snacks as you prefer.

We will be a scent-free event.


8-Week Mindfulness Foundational Course for Stress Management and Life Enhancement with Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Fridays, June 28 – July 26, 2024, 9:30-11:30 AM EST, via Zoom

*If you miss a session, you will be emailed a recording.

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions

Fee: $375 General Public | $350 UNC Affiliates| $275 Repeat Participants | $250 Repeat UNC Affiliates

Click here to register


Paula Huffman, BS, RN, ERYT

Paula has worked as a Health and Education services professional for over 40 years. Her experience in providing wellness services to both patients and students is vast. In addition, she has taught with UNC’s Program on Integrative Medicine and Mindfulness program for 13 years.


FACEBOOK: @UNCPIM   

Twitter: @UNC Mindfulness    

For more information, email mindfulness@med.unc.edu