Mindfulness Classes at NOMA


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What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is defined as experiencing the present moment with open curiosity, without judgment, and a willingness to be with what is.

Mindfulness training teaches skills to help individuals

  • Cope with the stress, pain, and challenges of everyday life
  • Deal with disturbing events with grace and composure
  • Be present and alive in the here and now.

About mindfulness classes at NOMA

This eight-part mindfulness series will be held on Saturdays from 10–11:30 a.m. Classes will take place January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 9 and 16. There will be no class on Mardi Gras weekend, March 2.

$70 nonmembers | $50 NOMA members for the series

Maximum class size is 30. Participants sign up for the series not per class. The class will meet in the second-floor Woldenberg Board Room.


For more information, please  email jwilliams@noma.org or call 504-658-4140.


Participants will learn to develop mindfulness through guided meditation and brief exercises that will help them experience the present moment during everyday activities. Although no specific outcome is promised, participants typically report feeling more alive, more “in-tune” with themselves and others. In addition, research has shown significant beneficial effects in dealing with stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, and diabetes.


About the instructor:

Dr. Jayashree Rao is a retired pediatric endocrinologist, who spent thirty years teaching, researching, and practicing medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center and Children’s Hospital. For the past several years, Dr. Rao has practiced and led others in practicing mindfulness, employing techniques learned in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course offered by Dr. Dave Potter.

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