January 2016

The following Spring classes are being offered through

LMCCEPlease see class listings below, and click through for more details and to register.

Classes begin March 9th.

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Meditation & Mindfulness

Mindfulness can help you lower your levels of stress, stay focused and calm, and live your life with a greater sense of ease and happiness. This course integrates research-based material from the fields of Neuroscience, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Positive Psychology, as well as Eastern Philosophy and Practices, to introduce individuals to the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation. These benefits include decreased stress and the physical symptoms of stress on the body, increased focus and concentration, and improved sleep, among many others.  Each week, we will learn and practice formal and informal mindfulness practices that will help quiet the mind, bring increased focus to our daily activities, cultivate greater happiness and improve overall health and wellbeing.  To register, click HERE.

Keep Calm & Carry On: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens

Teenagers today deal with many stresses and competing demands on their time and attention. This course is designed to help your teen learn tools to cope with the demands of a very busy life. We will learn and practice mindfulness exercises that help increase their ability to focus and pay attention, to calm down when feeling stressed or anxious, and to create more opportunities to enjoy simply being who they are so they can thrive. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that mindfulness training can be instrumental in reducing stress and its negative effects on the body. This workshop is a well-developed, research-based curriculum pulling from the latest in the fields of mindfulness, neuroscience and positive psychology. Each week we will explore practical tools that will help teens relax, navigate the stresses of school and social pressures, as well as cultivating a greater sense of joy and happiness, inner resilience and optimism.  To register, click HERE.

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About the Instructor

Cheryl Vigder Brause is the co-founder and director of 2bpresent, an organization dedicated to helping people live with greater awareness, less stress and more joy.   Cheryl has extensive experience working with adults, teens and children in businesses, organizations and schools.  She frequently speaks to groups about the practice of mindfulness meditation and it’s health benefits, teaching practical tools that can be used everyday to help people thrive.  Cheryl has studied meditation and mindfulness under the guidance of many leaders in the field.  She integrates neuroscience and positive psychology in her teachings to underscore and explain the psychological, neurological and physiological benefits of mindfulness and meditation practices.  She has completed her Level I and Level II Meditation Teacher Training from Om Yoga.   She is trained in many mindfulness-based curricula, including Learning to BREATHE – a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents, Mindful SchoolsMBSR for Teens, and is certified to teach the Stressed Teens (MBSR-T) Program.  She has also trained in Google’s Search Inside Yourself – Mindfulness-Based Leadership training.  Cheryl is a motivational speaker and teaches mindfulness and meditation privately to children, teens and adults, as well as in schools, businesses and organizations. It has been through her daily practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness that she recognized that it is the journey itself, and not the destination, that matters most.  She is thrilled to be taking this journey 2bpresent and sharing it with you.

 

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I am thrilled to be a guest blogger again this year for Sharon Salzberg’s 2016 Real Hapiness Meditation Challenge.   During the month of February each year, thousands commit to sit and meditate everyday.   This REAL HAPPINESS Meditation Challenge, now in its 6th year,  creates an amazing community around the world exploring what meditation has to offer.  Jump in and join me, and thousands of others around the world, each day in February as we find a warm and cozy spot to sit and find our inner peace.  You can read more about it by clicking here  #commit2sit

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Weekly Wisdom #51

by cheryl on January 17, 2016

in Weekly Wisdom

“I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.”   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Having trouble falling or staying asleep?

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You are exhausted after a long, busy day.  You lie down in bed only to find your mind is racing and you cannot fall asleep.  Sound familiar?  If so, you are not alone.   43% of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 reported that they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights, according to the National Sleep Foundation.  Stress doesn’t help.   In fact, a recent survey found that 85 percent of Americans reported that stress kept them awake at night.

Sleep is critically important to our overall health and wellbeing

We all know that getting a good night sleep is important for our mood – lack of sleep can make us very cranky.  But, lack of sleep can be much more harmful to our health than simply putting us in a bad mood.

Research shows that people who consistently miss out on sleep have a greater risk of depression.  Sleep is also an important part of brain health.   As our bodies lie virtually motionless, our brains are very active during sleep.  The National Sleep foundation resports that the brain uses sleep to strengthen existing neural pathways, as well as building new ones.  These pathways in the brain help us with both concentration and reaction time.  The brain also cleans itself while the body is at rest, which helps our ability to learn new information and remember what we have already learned.   When we don’t get a good night sleep, the brain slows down our thinking process all together, leading to confusion and poor decision making.   That’s not all . . . A good night sleep is also important for our heart health.  As we sleep, our heart rate and blood pressure both lower, giving our hearts a rest.  Researchers believe that a good night sleep could be key to keeping our hearts (and bodies) healthy too. (National Sleep Foundation)

 

Mindfulness Meditation for A Better Night Sleep

Join me on Wednesday evening, February 3rd from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm for a special workshop on Sleep.  In this evening workshop, we will learn and practice guided meditations and mindfulness practices that will help relax the body and the mind, so that you can get a better night sleep.

This workshop is appropriate for adults and teens.  Space is very limited, so please reserve your spot.

Investment: $20 for this session

This Session is Currently FULL.  If you want to be put on a waitlist, please email cheryl@2bpresent.com.

 

You can read more here . . .

Meditation for A Good Night Sleep, New York Times

Mindfulness Meditation Helps Fight Insomnia, Improves Sleep, Harvard Health Publications

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Our New Home

by cheryl on January 10, 2016

in Events

Need a little Room to Breathe in your busy week?

We have just what you need!

 

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Your cushion is waiting!

Check out our new studio in Larchmont.  We have classes, drop-in meditation sessions, candlelight evening sessions and much more coming soon.  Check back for updates on the studio schedule or sign up for our newsletter for all the latest news, classes and more . . .

 

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2bp in the News!

by cheryl on January 10, 2016

in Events

We are thrilled to be featured in the news!

 

Check out the recent articles about 2bpresent in . . .

The Journal News

Westchester Magazine’s Learn Something New in 2016 – Mindfulness

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Come in from the cold and grab a little peace of mind!

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 4.34.44 PMWednesday evenings from  7:30 pm to 8:15 pm

Always wanted to try meditation but haven’t quite fit it in to your busy schedule?  

Or, have you started a meditation practice but would like to join others and reboot your practice?  

Here’s your chance . . . 

Wednesday evenings, 2bpSuite 9132 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, New York

from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm

(unless noted otherwise)

There is no better way to break up your busy week than to grab a cushion with friends and grab a little peace of mind.   This is for all levels from beginners to experienced meditators.  

Everyone is welcome!

 

February Schedule:

 

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Mindfulness Meditation for a Better Night Sleep

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm – $20 (special One Hour session)

This session is currently FULL.  To be placed on the waitlist, contact cheryl@2bpresent.com

 

 

 
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Candlelight Meditation

Mindfulness of Emotions

7:30 to 8:15 pm – $15

to reserve your cushions, click HERE

 

 

NO SESSION FEBRUARY 17th!

 

 

 

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Candlelight Meditation

Mindfulness and Compassion

7:30 to 8:15 pm – $15

to reserve your cushions, click HERE

 

Space is limited, so please register today!

 

 

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“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest….We recognize our capacity to relax with the clarity, the space, the open-ended awareness that already exists in our minds. We experience moments of being right here that feel simple, direct, and uncluttered.” – Pema Chodron

Come in from the cold and grab a little peace of mind!

Mindfulness Meditation can help you

  • lower your levels of stress
  • stay focused and calm
  • improve your overall health and wellbeing
  • live your life with a greater sense of ease and happiness

This course integrates the latest research on Mindfulness Meditation, as well as research-based material from the fields of Neuroscience, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Positive Psychology, to introduce individuals to the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation.  These benefits include decreased stress and the physical symptoms of stress on the body, lower blood pressure, increased focus and concentration, and improved sleep.

Each week, we will learn and practice formal and informal mindfulness practices that will help quiet the mind, bring increased focus to our daily activities, cultivate greater happiness and improve overall health and wellbeing.

For more information on Mindfulness and the Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation, click here.

This class will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on January 20, 27, February 3, February 10 and February 24.  (No class on February 17)

This class is currently FULL, with a waitlist.  If you are interested in this class, please see our new 11 am, Wednesday class that is now open for registration below.

 

New Class Now Open for Registration – This class will meet on Wednesday mornings from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on January 20, 27, February 3, February 10 and February 24.  (No class on February 17).  To Register for this session, click here.

 

 

Investment: $200

 

If you you like to register for the 11:00 am class.  Please click HERE.

 

About the Instructor:

Cheryl Vigder Brause is the co-founder and director of 2bpresent, an organization dedicated to helping people live with greater awareness, less stress and more joy.   Cheryl has extensive experience working with adults, teens and children in businesses, organizations and schools. She frequently speaks to groups about the practice of mindfulness meditation and it’s health benefits, teaching practical tools that can be used everyday to help people thrive. Cheryl has studied meditation and mindfulness under the guidance of many leaders in the field. She integrates neuroscience and positive psychology in her teachings to underscore and explain the psychological, neurological and physiological benefits of mindfulness and meditation practices. She has completed her Level I and Level II Meditation Teacher Training from Om Yoga.  She is trained in many mindfulness-based curricula, including Learning to BREATHE – a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents, Mindful Schools, MBSR for Teens, and is certified to teach the Stressed Teens (MBSR-T) Program. She has also trained in Google’s Search Inside Yourself – Mindfulness-Based Leadership training. Cheryl is a motivational speaker and teaches mindfulness and meditation privately to children, teens and adults, as well as in schools, businesses and organizations. It has been through her daily practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness that she recognized that it is the journey itself, and not the destination, that matters most.  She is thrilled to be taking this journey 2bpresent and sharing it with you.

 

 

What people are saying about 2bpresent classes and workshops. . .

“Every now and then you come across a class or a person who helps you to be a better person. Cheryl offers just that. I am a better person because of all the things that I have learned- I am a better spouse, a better mother, a better friend, a better co-worker, and actually even more compassionate with myself. And what’s the best part? That I got all this by simply learning how to slow down and calm down. I will be forever grateful!

Taking the beginning meditation class is the single most important thing I have done for myself in the last decade. I can honestly say that my family and I are all happier because of my taking this one step to learn how to be calmer and more mindful.” – Psychologist, mother and participant in Real Happiness and Mindful Living

“Cheryl’s class taught me not only how to meditate, but how to incorporate mindfulness into everything that I do. Cheryl is extremely knowledgable about the practice of mindfulness and has a teaching style that is very easy to understand and accessible. It was a truly life changing experience. I can’t wait for my next class!” – MBA, mother, participant in Mindful Living

“I took Cheryl’s mindfulness class last spring and the effects have stayed with me. The tools and techniques she showed the class were fun and easy to use and the discussion really brought everything down to a real level that can be applied. Cheryl has a unique way of speaking about mindfulness that is very insightful and practical. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and would highly recommend it!” – Organizational Development Consultant, mother, participant in Mindful Living

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