The Prancing Peacock – Yardley’s longtime sanctuary for yoga and holistic healing – is offering an eight-week mindfulness course beginning in September. “We ran the course in the spring 2022 and received glowing feedback,” explains Liz Conner, The Prancing Peacock’s owner. “We are delighted to be able to give this gift once again to our community and to the Bucks community.”
Teacher Brandon Lewin jokes that whenever he says the course is called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, potential students respond: ‘well I could use some of that!’
“There’s an expression in the recovery world: It’s simple but not easy,” continues Lewin. “The same expression is sometimes used to describe MBSR. Mindfulness requires a combination of discipline and non- striving.”
According to Lewin, MBSR is a different kind of learning than we are used to. “We’ve grown up in didactic classrooms where the teacher tells us what is important, and the goal is to hone our analytical thinking. Learning in MBSR is experiential, and we practice being aware from moment to moment. This is brand new for us, and it’s challenging.”
The group will meet weekly to practice and share experiences. Students who register for the class are often motivated by struggles that dominate their lives. Anxiety, depression, or a diagnosis, for example.
“We create a safe space for participants to clearly see what is happening in their lives. We figuratively hold one another in a space of compassion, and students practice holding their experiences in the same way,” explains Lewin.
The Prancing Peacock MBSR is holding two free orientation sessions, on September 12th, and 19th. For more information visit easeandlightness.com or call 609.903.3363.
PHOTO CAP: MBSR session in June 2022 at The Prancing Peacock. The Prancing Peacock is accepting registration for the Autumn MBSR. Photo by Frank DiGiovanni.