• Presence at Play NYC

    Still Mind Zendo

    Presence@Play fuses the play of improv with the presence of mindfulness. The skills gained from both mindfulness and improv have practical applications in our daily lives. This weekly drop-in class starts with a guided meditation followed by improv inspired games and scenes. No experience in improv or mindfulness necessary. We gather every Monday from 7:15pm to 9:30pm at Still Mind Zendo (37W 17th St.). This is a donation based class to help cover the space rental. The Presence@Play facilitators share a passion for both improv and mindfulness. The improv inspired games and scenes draw from classic improv comedy tradition popularized by Second City and UCB. The mindfulness practices draw from classic meditation and yoga traditions.

  • Tuning In: Befriending Our Nervous Systems Through Mindfulness

    The Yoga Collective NYC

    How can we water the flowers of resiliency in our lives? In this class we explore how to tune into our bodies on a deeper level to cultivate our innate capacity for self-care and unconditional well-being regardless of outer circumstances. Blending empowering neuroscience and nervous system learning with experiential mindfulness practices, this class will offer space, tools, and supportive community for participants to come into a greater sense of self-connection, presence and ease. This class is open to all: no previous experience with mindfulness practice is required. We highly recommend registering for the full series, as the five classes are designed to interconnect and build on each other. However, we also offer the option to register on a per-class basis to ensure greater accessibility to anyone who wants to participate. **** This class is taught by Jessica Mingus and Shea Riester. Jessica and Shea are both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers, and are both are in the process of training as Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practioners. About Jessica: I'm committed to co-creating spaces where we can connect to ourselves and each other with honesty and compassion, in beloved community. I believe that mindfulness practices can help us grow more resilient and fuel transformative systems change. I am a NYS licensed social worker and a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher with a 10+ year meditation practice. I am the Director of Programs at Lineage Project, a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization that teaches mindfulness practices to young people navigating incarceration, homelessness, school suspension, and other challenging life circumstances. About Shea: I’m deeply passionate about the power of mindfulness and body-awareness practices in healing our individual + collective trauma and fulfilling our fullest potential as human beings. I'm a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher (MBSR) and a Somatic Experiencing (SE) practioner-in training. I have a long background in Zen, and have been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh for 10 years. I offer mindfulness-based classes around the NY area, as well as 1-1 Somatic Experiencing (SE) sessions. About the Space and Set-Up: The Yoga Collective is located on the 6th floor of a building with both stairs and an elevator. There bathrooms on the 6th floor - one bathroom is a single stall bathroom that commonly serves as a unisex bathroom. The studio itself provides yoga mats, blankets, blocks and chairs. Our class will be set up in a circle and participants are invited to choose how they would be most comfortable in the space - on the floor or on a chair. Please dress comfortably and come prepared to take off your shoes before entering the studio. We invite you to contact [masked] and/or [masked] with questions, or to share with us how we can ensure that our class space is as welcoming and accessible to you as possible.

  • Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv

    Still Mind Zendo

    What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the masters at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

  • Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv

    Still Mind Zendo

    What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the masters at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

  • Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv

    Still Mind Zendo

    What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the masters at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

  • Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv

    Still Mind Zendo

    What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the masters at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

  • Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv

    Still Mind Zendo

    What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the masters at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

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  • Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv

    Still Mind Zendo

    What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the masters at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

  • Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv

    Still Mind Zendo

    What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the masters at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

  • Presence@Play: Mindfulness + Improv

    Still Mind Zendo

    What if we saw life more as a playground and less as a prison? This is a weekly drop-in practice group that fuses the practice of presence with the play of improvisational comedy. Each week we practice mindfulness meditation, getting into our bodies and grounding in the here and now, before embarking on a wild ride of improvisational games, movement and acted-out stories, weaved together with the art of being present. Together we cultivate connection, presence and playfulness that we'll learn to take with us into our day-to-day lives. No experience in either mindfulness practice or improv is required to show up. All levels welcome :) We meet every Monday night, 7:15 - 9:30 PM. This is a donation-based space--no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation to help pay the space rent is $15. About the main facilitator, Shea Riester: Shea has been a buddhist meditation practitioner for 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at U. Mass Medical School. He has been teaching mindfulness for 5+ years and facilitating mindfulness and improv workshops for 2+ years. Shea trained in improv comedy with the masters at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA. You can email Shea at [masked] or text/call him at[masked] for questions. :) ♥

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