The free community event is slated for April 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) will be hosting a free mindfulness workshop on April 6 to help residents learn healthy techniques to manage feelings of stress, anger and worry – emotions that have been exacerbated recently by heated local elections. However, research indicates that the calming, evidence-based practice also has the potential to help locals catch a few more zzz’s.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), mindfulness meditation is often a viable treatment option for adults suffering from chronic insomnia. The reason: mindfulness practices train people to become aware of their thoughts, but to avoid reacting and becoming distracted by them — a common culprit behind sleepless nights. The NLM also reports that incorporating mindfulness in daily life and focusing on the present moment’s task can be very beneficial in preparing the body for a restful night’s sleep.
The results of the study: potentially better quality shut-eye and more of it.
The upcoming workshop, which runs from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, will feature evidence-based meditation techniques like intention setting, loving-kindness, visualization and mindful breathing. Participants will be taught by experts how to integrate these practices into daily life to enjoy calmer, more meaningful days.
The workshop will be led by accredited facilitators, including local mindfulness experts Eric McCullum of Insight LA, Tristan Coopersmith of Life Lab, and Greg Flaxman and Shiori Lange of BCHD. Each will take a turn guiding the audience through a series of meditation practices designed to promote relaxation.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. The event is completely free, however, advanced registration is required. All Beach Cities residents, sleepless or not, are encouraged to attend.