The Yoga Meditation & Therapy Center, Lexington, KY

Mental Wellness Therapeutics, Inc. and
Yoga Meditation & Therapy Center
Shelley Smith, Founder & Director
322 W. 2nd St. Lexington, KY 40507
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          Due to the need for social distancing, we are currently offering all of our classes via live streaming on Zoom or Skype, instead of in-person.

          A NEW SESSION of our 5-week introductory MINDFULNESS MEDITATION COURSE, "Mindful Awareness & Kindness Program," will be STARTING on Sunday, MAY 10: meeting on Sundays at 3:00-4:00 pm (through JUNE 7, 2020). Please call or email us to reserve space in the course.

          THE CURRENT SESSION of "YOGA & MINDFULNESS FOR YOUTH," our class for children (8-12 years old) accompanied by a parent, will meet on Sundays, at 1:00-1:45 pm, THROUGH JUNE 7). Please call or email us for more information or to reserve space in the course.

          THE CURRENT SESSION OF YOGA CLASSES WILL MEET THROUGH the week of JUNE 8, 2020. You may join a Yoga class at any point in a series if there are openings. Both beginners and experienced yoga students are welcome to attend our mixed-level classes; we also offer a Beginners Yoga class for students with no previous yoga training. New students receive a discount with their first Yoga Class series. Please scroll down this page for details about classes, or email or call us for additional information (859-254-9529) or to reserve space in any of our classes.

          SHELLEY SMITH presented "NON-DUALITY DISCUSSION AND PRACTICE: The Necessary Tension Between Self-Assertion and Mutual Recognition" at 4:00 pm on Monday, FEBRUARY 24, and MARCH 2, 2020. For more information, please email us, or call us at 859-254-9529.

          ANNOUNCING: We presented a program at COVENTRY OAK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on APRIL 12, called "Spring is Here: Let's Be Mindful of Nature." This program is a way of celebrating spring's arrival with music, movement and breathing. It is designed to help children build the skill of mindfully connecting with themselves, others, and the environment in a positive way. By practicing the meditation and yoga techniques presented, participants are learning how to reduce stress and increase focusing skills.

          ANNOUNCING: "GAME ON! LET'S DREAM." Impulse and desire often create our nocturnal dreams. Recognizing the emotional content of a mere dream symbol* in waking state is an instinctive moment of self-understanding. A true opportunity for self-compassion to naturally happen. HAVE A GREAT DREAM TONIGHT. Classes start MAY 19. *reinventing yourself with dream symbols by Shelley Smith, Huffington Post; Buzzfeed.

          MEDITATION PRACTICE SESSIONS: We offer both guided and silent practice sessions designed for those who have completed our introductory Mindfulness In Awareness Course. Please contact us for a schedule of the weekly and monthly sessions.

          A 5-WEEK SESSION of our MINDFUL AWARENESS & KINDNESS PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS on Wednesdays at 6:00 - 7:00 pm will meet weekly, STARTING SOON. Please call or email us for the dates and to reserve space in upcoming classes.

          ANNOUNCING SPECIAL EVENTS IN LEXINGTON SCHOOLS: As part of our Mindful Awareness & Kindness Program, we offer presentations on Meditation for students and for teachers at local schools. On APRIL 23, we provided the third of a 3-part series, called "Yoga and Mindfulness" for teachers at Dixie Magnet School. Please call or email us for information about our special programs for schools and school teachers.


  • Radio Interview. Our Centered was featured in an interview on LEXINGTON COMMUNITY RADIO (93.9FM WLXU) on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. The interview included a discussion our partnering with the Lexington Philharmonic to create "Music Builds Mindfulness," a PB&J concert (to be performed at ArtsPlace on Oct. 27, 2018). Click the following link to hear the interview.
  • TV Interview. "YOGA: Changing your Breathing Changes Your Life." Our Center was featured in a FAMILY PRACTICE interview with our instructors on SUNDAY, JAN. 28, 2018 on TV Channel CW (WKYT-DT2), Lexington, KY. Click the following link to view the interview.


  • Becoming More Tolerant in an Increasingly Intolerant World:
    A NEW 4-week SESSION of our Enneagram Class will START SOON. The class is facilitated by Martha Clay, LCSW. Enneagram is a self-care system that rationalizes the clues in your language, in your feelings, and in your sensational experiences. Increase understanding of yourself and others through the study of the 9 personality types and the practice of these techniques. Please contact us for information.


  • YOGA CLASSES (Mixed-level and Beginners):
  •           THE CURRENT SESSION of OUR YOGA CLASSES MEETS THROUGH the week of JUNE 8, 2020. You may join a Yoga class at any point in a series if there are openings. MORNING CLASSES meet at 10:00 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. AFTERNOON CLASSES meet at 1:30 pm on Thursdays. EVENING CLASSES meet at 6:00 pm on Monday through Thursday. We offer a NEW-STUDENT DISCOUNT the first time you register for a series of classes. Each class lasts an hour and 10 minutes and features SLOW STRETCH with BREATHING AWARENESS, plus DEEP RELAXATION practice. Please call or email us if you have questions about our schedule or the registration process.

              We limit class size of our Yoga classes to provide personalized attention for all students; please register early to reserve a space.



    A NEW SESSION will be STARTING MAY 10: meeting weekly on SUNDAYS at 3:00 - 4:00 pm, through JUNE 7. When sensatons of feeling hurried create a life that is passing us by, meditation is a useful skill to enable us to stop and smell the roses. Through our 5-week course in Mindfulness, we can collect ourselves with focus to set intentions and open to the world at large. Meditation can offer access to a therapeutic calm. The introductory course is designed to help you begin to meditate regularly on your own, and it also prepares you to attend practice sessions and retreats after completing the course. Please call (859-254-9529) or email us for more information, or to register for the course.
  • We now offer an introductory MINDFUL AWARENESS & KINDNESS PROGRAM designed especially for school teachers. A NEW SESSION of the course on Wednesdays at 6:00 - 7:00 pm, STARTING SOON. Please contact us for information or to reserve space in the course. Learn to quiet the mind, reduce stress, and deepen resilience through meditation practice. Mindfulness Meditation helps us create a Pause before we act, which enables us not to be overwhelmed and provides a way to connect instead with inner calm, creativity and patience. With this practice, we can spontaneously model mindful living for our students. Class-size is limited; please call (859-254-9529) or email us for more information, or to register for a course.

  • As part of our Mindful Awareness & Kindness Program, we offer presentations on Meditation for students at local schools. Please contact us for information about our special programs for schools and for school teachers.

  • This 4-WEEK COURSE WILL START soon, meeting on Sundays at 3:30-4:30 pm. The course presents Yogic principles of well-being (along with relevant scientific research findings), in addition to easy practices designed to relax mind and body, enhance creativity, and release tension-holding patterns in daily life. Techniques include: eye-yoga, breathing awareness, gentle yoga in chairs, deep relaxation training, and guided imagery to help you reduce, recover from, and prevent stress. Class size is limited; please pre-register to reserve a space by calling us (859-254-9529) or emailing us.

  • Our most recent program was held on Saturday morning, May 17, 2014. For more information, please contact us at 859-254-9529.

  • We offer YOGA & MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR YOUTH. The program is designed for children (with sessions for 2-7, and for ages 8-12), with a parent, and it presents creative ways for children (and adults) to center themselves and to focus attention through guided movement, breathing and music. A new 3-WEEK session for children age 8-12 will meet on Sundays, at 1:00-1:45 pm, ON DECEMBER 1, 8, and 22 (skipping Dec. 15). Please call or email for more information, or to register for the class.