East Meets West Yoga Center

MBSR Courses & Sunday Morning Meditation

Mindfulness - Based Stress Reduction Sunday Morning Drop-In Meditation


Next Thursday Morning Session Begins:  4/3/14 through 5/29/14  from 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Preregistration is required:   Sign up for this upcoming session under Workshops

Dates:   Thursday 4/3/14 through 5/29/14

                  No meeting on 4/24/14

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction incorporates the use of mindfulness meditation, group discussion and experiential exercises to help individuals more fully experience what is happening in the moment, not only while meditating, but also during the rest of their lives. Individuals are then able to more fully utilize their resources, leading to a greater sense of peace and well-being and a greater ability to respond more effectively to stressful or difficult situations.  Special attention is paid to recognizing maladaptive coping patterns and unproductive thoughts.

It is modeled after the University of Massachusetts Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which has over 30 years of research demonstrating its effectiveness in decreasing a wide variety of physical and psychological symptoms. It has also been show to enhance several positive attributes such as self- esteem, immunity and quality of life. Recent research has shown that MBSR actually increases the areas of the brain that deal with emotional regulation, perspective taking, learning and memory.

MBSR has helped people with:

*Work stress
*Family stress
*School stress
*Relationship issues
* High blood pressure
* Heart disease
* Autoimmune diseases
* Cancer
* Chronic pain
* Gastrointestinal disorders
* Issues in alcoholism and drug addition recovery, and
* Other conditions

MBSR is an eight two -hour session program that includes:

The fee for the course is $595.

What participants are saying:

" “My greatest learning was the realization that my time, previously spent trying to quell negative thoughts and feelings, was better spent acknowledging and accepting those thoughts and feelings. This often enabled me to discover the source (which was, many times, not based in reality) and also to avoid the anxiety that accompanies attempts to squelch emotions.” ~~ 36 year old attorney"


Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM  for guided Vipassana-style meditation. Our intention is to provide a relaxed place for you to come learn or practice meditation with a group of like-minded individuals. Class will typically consist of approximately 30 minutes of guided sitting meditation, followed by either movement, a topical discussion, or Q&A. Chairs and blankets are provided; feel free to bring your own cushion.

FEE: This class is offered on a “dana” basis. Dana is the Pali word for generosity. Your donations allow the instructors to continue offering the class. There will be a basket for dana outside the door when you leave. Lack of funds should not be an obstacle to coming to class, so please practice generosity as you are able.


Jon Waterman began practicing yoga and meditation while teaching the martial arts in the early seventies, with a concentration, since 1994, on Insight meditation. His workshops and retreats focus on strengthening present moment awareness by combining mindful movement, insight dialogue and meditation techniques. Jon is a founding partner of Mind Body Health Associates, which brings Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs, to hospitals, universities and the workplace.

Mary Aubry has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 20 years. Since moving to Washington in 2008, Mary's teachers have included Tara Brach, Hugh Byrne, and Jonathan Foust. In addition o leading meditation classes at East Meets West Yoga Studio, Mary teaches meditation on Capitol Hill and in Columbia Heights. Mary is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leadership program, and serves on the board of the Souterhn Dharma Retreat Center in North Carolina.

Trisha Stotler has been practicing various forms of meditation for twenty years, and is on the Board of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at UMASS Medical Center. She teaches MBSR, and offers classes and retreats for adults and kids in the DC area.