Hugh Byrne, Rebecca Hines, Jonathan Foust
The Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington
Training hearts and minds to reach their full potential
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What is Mindfulness?
If meditation was a drug, it would be hailed as the miracle medicine of this age. As scientific research demonstrates, meditation not only aids our general sense of well-being, it can transform our home life, our work place and our culture.
For thousands of years, individuals have engaged in practices of meditation and contemplation, bringing moment-by-moment awareness to their experiences in the body, heart and mind. These practices help individuals cultivate greater wisdom, kindness and compassion, and develop our capacity to more fully accept the joys and sorrows that life brings.
In recent decades, these practices have had a growing impact in our Western culture. Presented in a secular form commonly known as mindfulness that requires no adherence to a particular set of beliefs or religious views, the practice of mindfulness has shown benefits in a variety of areas.
Scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness meditation in the treatment of stress and anxiety, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and chronic depression and in the treatment of chronic pain .Individuals who have practiced mindfulness meditation have commonly reported an increased ability to relax, enhanced energy and enthusiasm for life, greater self-esteem, better concentration, and an ability to cope more effectively with stress at work and in other areas of daily life.
Mindfulness practices are increasingly being used in the business and legal world; in schools, hospitals and prisons; and in improving sports performance.
Call us to find out how these practices can help you and those you know and love.
Hugh Byrne, PhD was born and raised in London, England. He has a law degree from London University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He has worked on issues of human rights, mainly in Latin America and Africa, for the last two decades.
Hugh has studied and practiced Buddhism and meditation in the United States, Europe and Asia. He teaches with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, leads courses on meditation for the Smithsonian Associates Program, and teaches mindfulness classes, workshops and retreats around the Washington area. He is a co-founder of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship, an organization that supports peace and human rights worldwide.
Rebecca Hines, MHS, earned a Masters in Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a BA in psychology from Wellesley College, and certification as a holistic health counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In 2006, she participated in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) professional training program and teaches the eight-week MBSR course in the Washington DC area. She has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for 20 years and completed yoga teacher training in 1999. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program from Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Rebecca has worked within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since 1993 and currently serves as a branch chief with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
Rebecca is an avowed devotee of applied mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. She enjoys the challenge of creating continuity of awareness from "on the mat" to "off the mat" in everyday life. Toward this aspiration, she volunteers with the Insight Meditation Community Washington. As a way of living her favorite adage, be the change you want to see in the world, Rebecca is a student of Nonviolent Communication ("NVC" as created by Marshall Rosenberg).
Jonathan Foust, MA, has studied numerous disciplines from both the Yogic and Buddhist traditions and has been leading retreats and training teachers for over twenty years in both residential and corporate settings. He has been widely quoted for his commentary on yoga, meditation, spirituality and healing in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Yoga Journal and other national publications and media.
He is the former president and a senior teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the largest center for yoga and health in North America. A practitioner of yoga and meditation for over thirty years, he lived for over fifteen years in a monastic setting. He teaches a number of local classes and is a mind/body therapist.
Some of his recordings include The Art of Relaxation, A Touch of Grace: Bamboo Flute Meditations, as well as two guided meditation compilations produced in conjunction with Simon & Schuster: Energy Awareness and High Energy Living.
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