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    Classes and Groups at The Body-Based Mindfulness Center

    The Body-Based Mindfulness Center’s partnership with holistic and mental health providers allows us to provide clients with a variety of opportunities to connect with support right away, meet various members of our team, and avoid waitlists by gaining immediate access to a variety of mindfulness or movement groups that bring safety and stabilization to those on their mental health and trauma recovery journey.

    Classes Versus Groups:

    What is the difference between a class or group at The Body-Based Mindfulness Center?

    Classes are offered for personal wellness and education. Classes are can be time-limited or ongoing and are facilitated by our holistic health providers. Insurance does not cover the cost of classes; however, health savings accounts and victim’s compensation may be an option. Ask us about these options.

    Groups are facilitated by our mental health therapists or those on the clinical team. Groups may be paid for by insurance and will have a neuro-educational and group processing component.

    Mondays: Introduction to Mindfulness

    Class Description:

    The perfect way to start your week each Monday in the new year! Choose from an online class option in the morning or small class that meets in person at The Body-Based Mindfulness Center in the evening. In this 8-week course clients will learn about mindfulness and its many benefits. Rooted in the body and drawing upon modern neurobiology, this class will introduce you to mindfulness techniques such as focusing on the breath and the awareness of physical sensations. You will also learn what attitudes strengthen mindfulness, how to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions and how to generate positive emotions such as loving-kindness and compassion.

    Introduction to Mindfulness is a perquisite for upcoming mindfulness classes such as:

    • Working With Anxiety, Fear and Anger
    • Cultivating Loving-Kindness and Compassion
    • Mindfulness Builds Resilience (working with overwhelm, burnout, despair and uncertainty)


    Aruna Dhammadhira. Aruna combines her eighteen years of monastic life with he previous training as an educator to help both children and adults discover well-being in their body and mind. Aruna is trained in trauma-aware practices to support those struggling with stress, overwhelm, and trauma. Over the years, she has seen how the practice of mindfulness, self-compassion and oving-kindness can transform stressful states into ones of ease. Aruna integrates mindfulness with movement, writing, art and the natural world as

    needed to help individuals transition to a more resilient and responsive life. Having experienced herself the transforming power of mindfulness, Aruna is eager to help others to develop practices that bring joy, peace, and insight into their lives.

    Class Options:

    Begins: January 10th – March 7th
    Monday Mornings: 10:00 am – 11:00 am online
    Monday evenings: 6:00 pm -7:00 pm -in person, limited to 6 spaces available.
    Price: $120.00 per person for the full 8-week series
    Call 719-619-8331 to sign up or email [email protected]

    Tuesdays: Embodied Movement

    Group Description:

    When our bodies don’t work how we would have liked or how they you used to, we find ourselves out of sync, feeling anxious or depressed, frustrated and disconnected to our sense of self. This 8-week Embodied Movement group is for people with injuries, chronic illness, pain, or other limitations. The group engages breath, movement, mudra, mantra, and deep relaxation practices. Think of this group as mindful in motion and while at rest. Participants will be invited to re-engage with their body in a creative way and to make peace with their body using mindful self-compassion.

    Group Facilitator:

    Alpha Gunn, MA, LPC

    Alpha combines nearly 20 years of experience as a mental health therapist and yoga teacher with her own lived experience of moving through illness back into health and wellbeing.

    Alpha is a trauma informed trainer and therapist. She is licensed mental health therapist and is also trained in a variety of yoga styles and holistic healing modalities such as Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Yoga of the Heart, Healing Touch, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy, etc. Alpha holds the intention to be of service to the community by bringing the power of ancient practices and wisdom together with the latest in neuroscience and trauma recovery.

    Group Options:

    Online: limit of 10 participants
    When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
    Investment: Donation of $10 – $20 for cash pay clients. Your insurance may cover the  cost of this group for those with select insurance.
    Begins: Tuesday, Jan 25th for 8-weeks
    Sign up: Call 719-619-8331 or email [email protected]

    Wednesdays: Befriending Your Body

    Class Description:

    Women who have survived traumatic events often describe feeling hijacked by distressing thoughts, experiencing ongoing discomfort or pain, and feeling intense emotions such as sadness, shame, and anger. Join us for an ongoing Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) and processing group that uses relevant biological, neurological, and psychological research to support you in creating a friendly connection with your body so that you can be in control of your life. TSY facilitates guided movement and invitations to stay curious so that you can befriend your body and begin to know it as a vessel by which you can experience joy, self-acceptance, and love.

    Class Facilitator:

    Mallory Jefferson is a trauma-informed yoga teachers, and a clinical intern pursuing her master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Transpersonal Psychology at Naropa University. She works under the guidance of her clinical supervisor Alpha Gunn, MA, LPC.

    Class Options: Online: Ongoing

    Wednesday evening: Befriending Your Body

    5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

    Begins: January 19th, 2022

    Call 719-619-8331 or email: [email protected]

    Open Heart Sangha

    Sangha” means a community of people who are on the same path. Open Heart Sangha offers a weekly meditation practice for those seeking a community, a practice, and spiritual insight.


    When: Thursdays at 5:30 pm
    Where: The Body-Based Mindfulness Center
    Contact: Paulette Morris
    Email: [email protected].
    Ph: 719-650-9356.
    Learn more at: https://openheartsangha.net/


    Class Description: Yin/Yasa is a combination class that explores the breath and allows for deep stretches during the yin portion of class. This class also offers gentle movement with focus on the mind-body connection. Join us for a 90-minute combination class that will allow space for your own pace and your own breath.


    Anique Aplonia started her yoga journey as a cancer survivor searching for healing movement. After taking her fist yoga class, she signed up for yoga teacher training. She graduated in May of 2017 and has been an instructor since. Her desire is to provide students with a safe space to breath and move on their mats. She has experience in teaching vinyasa, yin, and restorative classes. She has lived in Colorado Springs since 2002 and has 3 children. Anique is currently a social work student working towards her master’s degree.

    Class Options:

    In-person: limited to 8 students
    When: Jan 4th, Feb 4th Mar 4th, Apr 1st, May 6th
    Time: 4:00 pm -5:30 pm
    Investment: $20 per 90-minute class or $90 when you purchase a package of 5
    Sign up: Call 719-619-8331 to sign up or email [email protected]

    Select Sundays: Candlelight Kundalini:

    This once-a-month Sunday evening class is a great way to put your month behind you or perhaps a way to prepare for the month ahead. Either way, our once per month Candlelight Kundalini offers a unique experience of yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini Yoga is considered the “yoga of awareness.”  It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood, as well balance the chakras. It brings overall balance to the body, mind, and soul.

    Open to all levels, each class includes a warmup, kriya (set of postures), meditation, and healing gong bath during our rest and integration time. Kundalini yoga is very different than other yoga classes. If you haven’t done Kundalini Yoga before, you will be surprised and delighted as you venture into trying something completely different. You will experience candlelit yoga space, unique yoga kriyas and breathwork, and delightful yogi tea and socializing afterwards.


    Elise Miller, also referred to as Adi Shakti Kaur is a Level 1 Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher since 2018. She has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for over a decade. In addition to I have also designed and implemented horticultural wellness programs in the past for Aspen-Pointe, as well as taught mindfulness to children at a local charter school. I am a M.A Student in the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling program at Naropa University.

    Class Options:

    In-person: limit of 8 students
    When: One Sunday per-month
    Begins Feb 27th, March 27th, and April 24th
    Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Investment: $20 per 90-minute class or buy a package of 3 and pay only $50.00
    Sign up: Call 719-619-8331 to sign up or email [email protected]