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    September 11, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Mindful Awareness Practices I: For Daily Living (MAPs I)


    Mindful Awareness Practices are the signature educational programs of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. These six-week class series are open to the public and to all UCLA staff, faculty, and students. The classes lay the foundation for students to understand basic principles of mindfulness, develop a personal meditation practice, and to apply the principles in their daily life on an ongoing basis.
    Each class is a combination of lecture, practice, and group feedback and discussion. MAPs is taught in a context of a supportive community environment with classes no larger than 30-40 students. Students report that the group support was one of the most helpful and inspiring aspects of the class. Our MAPs instructors have years of personal experience practicing mindfulness and teaching it nationally and internationally. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and over.

    What you will Practice:
    • Sitting meditation
    • Eating meditation
    • Daily life meditations
    • Relational mindfulness
    • Walking meditation
    • Standing meditation
    • Movement meditation
    • Practices to develop positive emotion
    Course Content:
    • Overview of Mindfulness
    • Mindfulness of the Body
    • Obstacles to Mindfulness
    • Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain with Difficult Emotions
    • Cultivating Positive Emotions
    • Working with Difficult Thoughts
    • Mindful Interactions

    Class Structure 
    MAPs classes meet weekly for two hours per week for six weeks. Students will complete daily home practice meditation assignments starting at five minutes a day and working up to 20 minutes daily by the end of the course. Students will receive a complimentary Home Practice CD and a copy of the book Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness.

    Who should take this class?
    This course is an excellent introduction to mindfulness for beginners. MAPs class lays the foundation for a daily meditation practice and provides insight into the basics of mindfulness and how it can be applied to daily life. It is also appropriate for an experienced practitioner who wishes to revitalize his/her practice. MAPs is helpful for people of all backgrounds and religions.

    Tuesday and Wednesday – Dr. Manijeh Motaghy – A Founder, Executive Director and Teacher at Perfectly Here. She is also the Founder and CEO of Mindful Business Institute. She is an Authorized Mindfulness teacher through UCLA MARC and holds a Doctorate in Psychology of Organization Management. For more on her bio, click on her name above.
    Sunday – Daniel Davis – Currently Daniel works with UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and is a Buddhist Chaplain at USC. He is also the Co-founder and a teacher at Mindful Valley, a nonprofit mindfulness training organization. He has formally practiced Theravada and Zen meditation since 1986.

    Location and Parking Instructions
    This class will take place in Tarzana at: 19100 Ventura Blvd #5, Los Angeles, CA 91356. Parking is free and there no time limits in the front after 6:00pm. There are also plenty of free parking in the lot behind Tarzana Cultural Center. When you arrive at the shopping center go to the second floor and go all the way to the East side of the building. Go into the hallway and we will be the last door on the right.

    Refund, Make-up and Cancellation Policy
    Class Refunds must be requested before 5pm on Friday of the first week of class. There will be a $25 administrative fee. After the first Friday we cannot give refunds. Refunds should be requested by emailing: register@perfectlyhere.org. Perfectly Here reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance of the class.No refunds or credits are given to registrant “no-shows”.


    If you miss a class, you may make it up during a current series or the series immediately following. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed classes. Students may Postpone a class. In this case, credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by phone or email in advance of 5pm on Friday of the first week of the class series. Future class must be made up on the class immediately following the missed class series. (For example: if postponing a May/June class series you will have to use your credit and enroll in the July/August class series)

    What to Bring
    All you need is comfortable clothing. Chairs and cushions are provided.

    Class Capacity
    We allow no more than 30 students per class.

    We offer special pricing for UCLA 50+ Membership Program, Seniors (+65) and UCLA Students. First Responders and their families are free of charge thanks to our generous donors to the Mindfulness for First Responders Campaign. For exact pricing of classes click “Click Here to Register”.

    Time and Date
    This class is offered at three different times this semester:

    • Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Nov 2 – Dec 14 (no class Nov 23)
    • Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Nov 3 – Dec 15 (no class Nov 24)
    • Sunday, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Nov 30 – Dec 11 (no class Nov 20)