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Mindfulness for Men

Orange Yoga
7528 4th St NW
February 01, 2018 - 05:45 PM - March 15, 2018 07:15 PM

Class meets Thursday, 6 – 7:45pm,
Feb. 1 – March 15.
Instructors: Jose Maresma and Danny Lopez.
Cost: $250+tax

The science supporting the benefits of meditation and mindfulness are now irrefutable. Years of studies have proven that mindfulness helps us not just emotionally but also physiologically, all the way down to the cellular level. With this large body of knowledge why is it that men are still coming “late to the game”? Today, more than ever, we work harder and longer trying to balance our professional and personal lives. This stress often times leads to physical, spiritual and emotional suffering.

But then…you go to a meditation class, and you’re the only dude in the room.

This program was specifically created by men, for men, and creates space to learn mindfulness and meditation with a group of like minded guys facing similar issues and experiences.

Join us for this six-week program as we explore techniques in meditation and mindfulness designed to release tension, open us up to a more fulfilling daily life experience, increase resiliency, help us to step into ‘flow,’ and increase emotional intelligence and the ability to bring this intelligence into our relationships at work and at home.

Course highlights:

  • Techniques to stabilize our minds and bodies
  • Exercises to assist in creating space between our thoughts
  • Practices in mindful meditation and movement
  • Techniques to increase flow and performance at work and in sport
  • Practices to deepen our powers of awareness
  • Comprehensive course book with exercises, techniques and interesting articles and resources
  • Downloadable guided meditations
  • Guided weekend hikes (optional) designed to help us get out in nature, connect with others, and to practice mindfulness.

Your Instructors:

Jose Head shotJOSE MARESMA has been a practicing exercise physiologist for over 25 years. Jose holds certifications in Advanced Clinical Weight Loss, Stress management, Mind-Body Health, and Strength & Conditioning. Jose also has special training in the neurology of performance and metabolic development.

Jose Maresma spent 9 years as Director of Athletic Performance at Polar Electro, and over the span of his career he has worked with the US Olympic Training Center, USA Skiing, USA Soccer, USA Cycling, USA Triathlon, the NBA, NFL, NHL, along with over 100 Division One University Athletic Programs. Jose has also consulted the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers and the US Navy. Jose has also been a guest lecturer at 25 Universities including Duke, The University of North Carolina, the University of Texas-Austin and The University of Central Florida.  He has a special passion for neurology & exercise and has worked with acclaimed Harvard author and professor of Psychiatry John Ratey MD. Jose has also been a featured fitness expert in Men’s Health Magazine, Best Life Magazine, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times newspapers, and FOX 5 TV. Jose’s passion is to help people find the best and healthiest version of themselves.


Danny headshotDANNY LOPEZ currently serves as Board Chairman for 516 Arts, a downtown contemporary arts center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also a board member on the New Mexico Humanities Council. He returned to New Mexico in 2015 after a five-year stint at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, where he managed a $1 million annual federal grant supporting Latino programs, directed a nationwide museum studies program for graduate students and managed the marketing and public relations initiatives for the Institution’s Latino Center. He was also was a member of the Insight Meditation and Awakin Circle communities in DC.

Prior to his work in DC, Lopez worked for eleven years in numerous capacities at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He served as program manager for educational projects, directed their marketing and public relations department and led the Center as their Interim Director. Danny has dedicated his professional career to advancing arts in culture at the local, national and international levels. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and International Business from New Mexico State University and also served as a business development volunteer in the United States Peace Corps in Nicaragua.

In addition to his work in the arts and cultural sector, Danny recently co-founded a wellness collective in Albuquerque’s North Valley, which offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness programs. He been an engaged meditation practitioner for over seven years, and was trained in the Man Alive Retreat led by Jonathan Foust, who is married to renowned meditation teacher Tara Brach.  Danny is also an avid writer and cyclist and enjoys spending time outdoors learning more about our state’s cultural and environmental treasures.



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