At their next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday October 7th the Mount Shasta Chapter of the Women in Business Network (WIBN) has invited Kristen Stroud, M.A. to give a 30-minute presentation titled, “The Power of Mindfulness: How Paying Attention Can Change Your Life.” At approximately 9:00 am, after the business portion of the meeting, Kristen will provide a brief overview of the benefits of mindfulness and how simple mind-body awareness practices can increase the calm, confidence, clarity, creativity and compassion you experience in your personal and professional life.
If you’re wondering, “What’s all the buzz about mindfulness and how can I develop my own mindfulness practice?” Kristen explains, “Mindfulness practice is like doing sit-ups for your brain. A daily dose of mindfulness practice sharpens your self-awareness and self-control; improves focus and mental clarity; increases your resilience to stress; improves your immune response, sleep, memory, and concentration; makes you more responsive and less reactive to the daily challenges of life; and assists with aging and long-term health and wellbeing.”
In private practice and in groups, Kristen offers a wealth of empowering, experiential, evidence-based mind-body practices to meet you where you are while evolving your personal and professional growth. According to Amy Cooper, Founding Director of the Shasta Yoga Institute and VajraPani Yoga Teacher Training, “Kristen walks her talk, is passionate about helping people help themselves, and is an inspiring blend of heart and mind.”
Based in Mount Shasta, California since 1988, Kristen currently works in private practice as a Mindfulness Trainer, Hakomi Practitioner, Writer-Editor, and Wellness and Parenting Coach. Kristen has worked as an educator, trainer, writer and facilitator in a variety of settings, over the past 30 years, from the high country of Yosemite National Park to US Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As a national trainer she authored a training manual to provide problem solving, conflict prevention, resolution and communication skills for wilderness managers. A meditator since 1987, Kristen completed a mindfulness instructor training for adults, children and teens with Amy Saltzman, M.D. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, M.D., is a scientifically based program used in hospitals, schools, and businesses throughout the world. Kristen received her Hakomi Certification – an internationally recognized method of mindfulness-based assisted self-discovery — from the Hakomi Education Network and founder Ron Kurtz, Ph.D. In addition, Kristen practices a body-centered approach to Vipassana Meditation in the Vajrayana tradition as taught by Reginald Ray, Ph.D.