Frequently Asked Questions

Will classes be recorded and shared with students?
Yes, all classes will be recorded and a link of the recording will be emailed to all registered students within 48 hours of the conclusion of the live class. 

Is it okay if I miss a class?
Yes, if you miss a live class you'll be able to view the recording of the class. 
How will I access and participate in this class? The class will take place on the zoom platform. You'll be provided a link to join. You can either access via the internet on your smart phone, tablet or computer or you can call into the class and listen. 

Do you need any special "meditation" equipment to practice mindfulness?
Nope! The only thing you need to bring is yourself. 

What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an intentional connection with the present moment that changes how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. A dedicated mindfulness practice cultivates compassion, inclining us to treat ourselves and one another with greater kindness. Mindfulness is similar to learning a musical skill, it brings joy and grows with daily practice. Emerging research demonstrates that mindfulness and compassion practice remodels the brain’s physical structure in ways that build resilience and support well-being.

What is InsightLA Meditation?
InsightLA is a non-profit meditation community providing high-quality mindfulness and compassion practices. For close to 20 years, InsightLA has offered classes, retreats, and special events that cater to both beginning meditators and those looking to deepen and sustain their practice. InsightLA is the only organization of it’s kind offering secular, evidenced-based mindfulness training and traditional Buddhist teachings within the Vipassana or Insight tradition.

Who is Jack Kornfield?
Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more.

Who is Trudy Goodman?
Trudy Goodman Kornfield, Ph.D., is Founding Teacher of InsightLA. She also teaches residential retreats at centers around the world including Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and Big Bear Retreat Center. Trudy has trained in two fields: meditation and psychotherapy. She had the privilege of studying developmental psychology with Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol Gilligan. The fourth teacher ever of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Trudy taught with its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in the early days of the MBSR clinic at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.