Mindful Living

 

Mindful Living Initiative provides a way to practice the Ministry of Presence.  It allows us an opportunity to be still, so we can quiet our bodies, and clear our minds.  Through calming mindful practices which include physical movement, Biblical meditation, guided relaxation and other centering practices, we begin to see ourselves and others for our spiritual gifts and for how God created us (remembering we are fearfully and wonderfully made).  By being in the present moment, we can connect at a deeper level with our family and friends.  When our mind is not focused on the past or future, we notice the many blessings in our lives, versus the challenges we face daily.  Being present, surrendering the past and future and trusting that God will provide for us, allows us to expand with an openness as we fulfill God’s calling in our lives.

With much gratitude, we thank The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for awarding First United Methodist Church of Winter Park a Health Ministry Grant funded by Florida Blue. Over the year the Mindful Living Initiative will offer classes and programs at no charge for youth and adults of all ages.  We are excited to offer enhancing mindfulness activities and education as a tool to improve health.  Through mindful movement, we can increase strength and flexibility.  With scientific evidence showing how mindful activities reduce Cortisol levels, and increase working memory and executive functioning, we are so pleased to provide these offerings to our congregation and the community.

Psalm 46:10 – Be Still, and Know I am God


Mindful Living Initiative
All classes are free due to the Health Ministry Grant from the United Methodist Conference

**See class description at bottom of the page**

Monday Mornings:  Gentle Yoga
Instructor:  Karen Cornelius, RYT 200
Time:  10:30-11:30am
When: Meets year-round (excluding holidays)
Room: MFLC 316
Cost: Free Jan. 8-Jan. 29 (Thanks to UMC Grant), $10 per class or 70$ for 10 classes Feb.5-May 21
For additional Information, please contact Karen at Karen@YogawithKare.com
Register Here

Wednesday Mornings: Multi-Level Yoga
Instructor: Karen Cornelius, RYT 200
Time: 9:30-10:45am
When: Meets during the school year (Spring Session: Jan. 10-May 23, no class on OCPS spring break)
Room: MFLC 305
Cost: Free Jan. 10-Jan. 31, $10 per class or $70 for 10 classes Feb. 5-May 23
For additional Information, please contact Karen at Karen@YogawithKare.com
Register Here
Register for childcare here

Wednesday Evenings: Multi-Level Yoga (Adults & Mature High School Students)
This is a Wednesday Night Live offering as well.
Instructor:  Karen Cornelius, RYT 200
Time:  6:00 – 6:45pm
When:  Meets during Wednesday Night Live (resumes Jan. 24-Apr. 25)
Room:  MFLC 313
For additional Information, please contact Karen at Karen@YogawithKare.com
Cost:  Free Jan. 24-Jan.31 (Thanks to UMC Grant), $10 per class or $50 for 7 classes from Feb. 5 – Apr. 25
Register Here
Register for childcare here

Thursday Morning: Early Risers
This group for women of all ages will be reading and discussing the book “Genesis to Revelations-Acts” by James E. Sargent. This is a comprehensive study of the entire Book of Acts begins with the mission to the world and ends with Paul’s journey to Rome.
Instructor: Rev. Jayne Rideout
Time: 7:00am-8:00am
When: Resumes  Jan. 11
Room: MFLC 313
For additional Information, please contact Rev. Jayne Rideout at jayne@fumcwp.org
Register Here

Friday Mornings: Gentle Yoga
Instructor: Shirley Mead, RYT 200
Time: 10:30-11:45am
When:  Meets year-round (excluding holidays)
Room:  305 Matthias Family Life Center
For additional Information, please contact Shirley at shirleyrmead@gmail.com
Cost: Free Jan. 5 – Jan. 26, $10 per class or $70 for 10 classes Feb. 2 – May 25
Register Here


Class Descriptions:

Multi-Level Yoga (Level I/II) – Class includes techniques to soothe the mind by using the breath; physical postures to improve flexibility and strength; deep relaxation and Biblical Meditation to find inner peace. This class is a Yoga Flow class which combines the benefits of yoga with Essential Oils, Prayer and Christian Devotion. Instructor:  Karen Cornelius, RYT 200

Gentle Yoga (Restorative) – Gentle Yoga is perfect for adults over 50, individuals who are new to Yoga, or anyone desiring a more therapeutic/restorative approach to Yoga.   This class practices techniques to soothe the mind by using the breath; physical movement, gently holding postures to improve flexibility and strength; and deep relaxation and Biblical Meditation to find inner peace.  The practice is modified to accommodate all levels and limitations – Chair Options are provided if requested.  Instructors:  Mondays at 10:30am – Karen Cornelius, RYT 200 and Fridays at 10:30am – Gwen Burnett

Mindfulness and Meditation– Experience a variety of methods to “Be still and know that I am God.” Led by Mary Scott Singer and Tonya Tolson, learn different techniques that can help you feel relaxed and decrease the physical negative impact of stress. This 8 week Sunday series.

Please consult with your physician to make sure Yoga is right for you.  Wear Yoga, workout, or comfortable loose-fitting clothes, so you can move and stretch 


Upcoming Events…

Stress Management for Elevate (for Parents and Students) – 10/1

Gratitude Workshop – TBD

Advent Workshop – TBD