by Ashley Bovin
As mindfulness continues to grow as a practice and influence in our culture, there is no shortage of
resources available to help you begin your own mindfulness journey. These resources can vary in cost and commitment level—from free articles, podcasts, and e-books, to full-length books, to one-day workshops, week-long retreats, and 8-week classes.
The many different formats available make it easy for would-be students to find a good fit, no matter their schedule or preferred learning style.
We understand that everyone learns differently, and that some people might be able to read a book and have the information they need to make meaningful change on their own. However, there are many good reasons to take a mindfulness class. Here are a few.
In-Person Learning from a Trained Instructor
Perhaps, like many people, you’re not a self-educator; that is, you can’t just choose a topic of interest, then gather the materials you need and set a schedule to successfully learn on your own. This isn’t a character flaw; it’s just the way you process information.
For those who thrive with a little guidance, it can be much more fulfilling and effective to take part in a formal class. Having undergone extensive training and established their own practice, the teachers can share their experiences, speak to you as an individual, and be available to support you throughout the class.
Accountability and Consistency
As with any habit or lifestyle change, it can be difficult to go it alone. Getting started might be the hardest part. Signing up for a class and investing your time and money keeps you “on the hook” for doing the work to get the results you’re seeking.
Alternatively, you may be quite motivated to learn new things, but it’s not easy for you to read a book or two and be able to change course toward a lifestyle you want to adopt.
Taking a class gives you tried-and-true materials, a schedule, accountability, and consistency to help you stay true to your commitment.
Learning in Community
When you take a class, not only will the instructor be a support and guide on your mindfulness journey, but you also get a built-in community of peers who are taking the same journey as you at the same time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from others who bring their unique stories and experiences to the class. It reminds us of the beauty of diversity, the rawness of being alive, and that we’re not alone in our struggles. The interactions among students are often among the most powerful moments in the class.
Getting Started with Mindfulness Classes
We offer 3-hour beginners’ workshops that could be the perfect place to start. Mindfulness for Beginners and Mindful Self-Compassion for Beginners are both scheduled for August. To help you continue a mindfulness practice, the workshop includes 28 days of emails. Plus, the cost of the workshops can be applied as a discount to any 8-week class you sign up for within a year of taking the workshop.
If you are curious about our 8-week mindfulness programs, please check out our website, and feel free to contact us with any questions. Free info sessions are always held in the weeks leading up to our 8-week classes, and we encourage you to join us for the next round in early October.
If you’re a previous student who can think of other reasons why someone should take a class, get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.