February 18, 2020

Women’s Stress Reduction Series

About the Course

Women  are stressed out. Many are either working longer hours, constantly distracted, exhausted by politics, becoming parents and caretakers at the same time, constantly bombarded by notifications,  and struggling to meet stressful deadlines. If day to day stress is getting harder to manage, you’re not alone. More than 80% of Americans identify with experiencing mild to severe stress creating adverse effects on our bodies and emotional state.

This is an eight-week stress Womens’ Stress Reduction Series is based on the principles of yoga, movement, mindfulness, and emotional skill sets to help participants gain skills to manage life problems such as stress, anxiety, challenging thoughts, and difficult emotions. During the course, we will learn techniques to:

  • Identify what happens in our body when it is stressed.
  • Live in the present moment rather than get caught up in the past or future.
  • Create grounding practices when our emotions or thoughts are too difficult to handle.
  • Integrate simple daily practices to build a foundation of mindfulness.
  • Reflect on lifestyle and communication choices and how they support or day to day life.
  • Engage with difficult emotions or challenging thoughts.
  • Take care of ourselves compassionately.
  • Build resiliency 

This series is ideal for women experiencing: 

  • Mild anxiety
  • Work, family, or financial stress
  • Sleep problems
  • Fatigue
  • Pain management

The program is a complement to traditional practices and should not be used as a replacement for any medical practices or therapy related to the above conditions.

This course is not recommended for women experiencing:

  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Acute depression
  • Psychosis
  • Severe social anxiety
  • Currently experiencing a life crisis such as cancer, divorce, immediate loss of a loved one, or other extreme life change or event.

Assessment Interview

We do require that everyone complete an assessment interview to ensure the program is right for them. During the course, we will ask students to tune into the difficult. For those experiencing certain life events or mental health-related conditions, for the safety of the individual and other participants other means of support may be safer and better suited.

Dates 

6:00 – 9:00

April 22 – June 10

Retreat Day May 16 from 10:00 – 3:00 PM

There is no session May 20

Location

Tribe Healing Arts

1819 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Program Fee

The Women’s Stress Reduction series is $899. Please contact us for sliding scale rates based on income. This course may potentially by covered your employer’s FSA (Flexible Spending Account)  or your HSA (Health Savings Account). Please check with your employer FSA or HSA prior to signing up so we can determine the documentation you need.

What to Expect from the Course

Students can expect:

  • A small group setting with no more than 15 participants.
  • Sessions where one class builds upon the next.
  • Recordings and journaling exercises to complete at home.

About the Instructors

Melissa Leger is a Level 2 MBSR Instructor and Yoga Instructor.  She has been practicing mindfulness for 8 years while practicing yoga for 20. Currently, she leads yoga teacher trainings and retreats as well as mindfulness and stress reduction classes in Chicago. Her goal is to help make mindful more compassionate communities through yoga and meditation is an easy to understand format for today’s lifestyles. Melissa has completed training programs through Mindful Yoga Academy, Bloom Prenatal, Connection Coalition, Sunlight Chair Yoga, and Yandara Yoga Institute. She is a combat veteran, recovering corporate professional, and entrepreneur. In her spare time, she likes gardening, hanging out with her husband and dogs, and traveling.

Dr. Stephanie Bonza is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Zeal Family Wellness, LLC. She holds a doctoral degree of clinical forensic psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a bachelor degree of psychology from University of Michigan (Dearborn), and an associate degree in criminal justice. For the past eight years, Dr. Bonza has worked alongside agents of the criminal and family court systems to help individuals and families navigate challenges related to divorce and separation, parent-child estrangement, domestic violence, adoption and blended families, parenting, and co-parenting. She receives regular referrals from the family court system and family law attorneys, specializing in high-conflict divorce, child abuse and complex trauma, and parent-child reunification.

Interested? Contact us for our next series.

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