Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness is an excellent antidote to the stresses of modern life. It is the art of paying attention to present moment experiences with openness and curiosity and a willingness to be with what is…

Diana Winston, Director of Education,

UCLA, Mindfulness Awareness Research Center

Next Mindfulness Awareness Practices 1 class: Mindfulness for Daily Living, is now being offered on Monday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time from Monday, November 1st through Monday, December 13th via Zoom.

Late Fall MAPS class flyer

MAPS classes are offered on a sliding fee scale established by UCLA: $165, COVID rate; $200, regular rate; class is offered at no cost to all UCLA  students and anyone currently enrolled in the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center’s Training in Mindfulness program (TMF), or its Intensive Practice Program (IPP). Please also feel free to contact Valerie at kyoshinvelez@gmail.com for sliding fee scale if needed.

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Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) Classes Overview

Mindful Awareness Practices classes offer a comprehensive introduction to secular-based mindfulness. MAPs is  a UCLA affiliated course, following the format and curriculum designed by the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. This six-week class series is open to the public and can be of benefit to a full range of individuals, from total beginners and those with previous experience with mindfulness and/or other meditative practices. 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. The group support is one of the most helpful and inspiring aspects of the class.

Valerie Kyoshin Velez has been trained and authorized by the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center to teach this course.


MAPs classes meet weekly for two hours per week for six weeks. Students will learn Mindful concepts that include: Overview of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body, Obstacles to Mindfulness, Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain, Working with Difficult Emotions, Cultivating Positive Emotions, Working with Difficult Thoughts, and Mindful Interactions.


Youth-Led Podcast on Mindfulness and Self-Care

Through her work with high school students in a peer education program, Valerie had the opportunity to share with them about mindfulness. The link below is to the podcast they created for their peers district wide in the Hemet Unified School District:



Article in the Idyllwild Town Crier Newspaper: ‘Mindfulness is a great tool’