Jon Aaron

Teaching Schedule


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Wednesday Afternoons
12:00 pm- 2:30 pm
April 10 - June 5  2019 (no class May 29)
Land Yoga
2116 Frederick Douglas Blvd
Practice Day May 10th  9:30am-5:00pm
Free Orientation, Wednesday April  5, 12:00PM
(required if you intend to register for the class)
Tuition $600-$450.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Limited scholarships available.
For information and registration click here

Thursday Evenings
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
April 11 - June 6  2019 (no class May 30)
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St. 10th Floor
Practice Day May 11 10th  9:30am-5:00pm
Free Orientation, Thursday April  4, 6:30pm
(required if you intend to register for the class)
Tuition $600-$450.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Limited scholarships available.
For information and registration click here

An Interactive On-Line MBSR Class
Wednesday Evenings, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

February 6th- March 27th, 2019

Orientation January 30th, 6:00 pm 
Day of Practice Sunday, March 10th
Tuition: $425.00
For registration please click here.
This will be the same curriculum as presented in the 8-week MBSR class but in an online inter-active format using Zoom. The class will be limited to 25 participants and an excellent opportunity for participants around the country and those who are often traveling to take this transformative class. Participants will need a good connectivity and a quiet place to take the class.


You Are Not Your Pain
Saturday Afternoons
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
February 2nd-March 23rd
KIMA Center for Physiology and Wellness
7 West 22nd Street, New York
Tuition: $550.00, Limited scholarships available.

"Breathworks methods could radically change your life for the better."
- Prof. Lance McCracken, Professor of Behavioral Medicine, King's College, London

This 8-Week class is geared toward those who deal with persistent pain, illness or other conditions affecting one’s physical health. The curriculum was originally developed by Vidyamala Burch, founder of Breathworks in England. While it is in some ways similar to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn it is much more specifically teaching how the power of mindfulness addresses chronic physical pain and illness. Participants will learn how to manage their pain in daily life, breath and body awareness practices, gentle mindful movement, and numerous meditation practices to cultivate a greater sense of kindness toward self and others.

Participants will receive a class workbook, a copy of Vidyamala Burch’s book, You are Not Your Pain, and meditation recordings via MP3.

Because of the nature of the class, registration is limited to 12 participants. Upon registration you will be requested to fill out an application and then have an interview with Jon Aaron to determine if the class is appropriate for you.

If you are interested in this class please write me directly:

"The approach I learned from Jon's class has helped me lessen my dependence on nonnarcotic painkillers and has instilled in me a sense of hope." - Lynne, participant

"As someone recovering from a traumatic brain injury, Jons class and teachings helped me for the first time to listen to my body and start searching for my true baseline. Since taking the class I have continued to integrate the teachings daily through the rest of my rehabilitation and recovery - which has been a priceless tool" - Zander, participant

Into the Void: The Buddha’s Teachings on Emptiness
Thursdays, 10:00 am-noon  
January 17 - March 21, 2019 (no class January 24)
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St. New York, NY 10039(map)
More info, click here.
The teachings on Emptiness (Sunyata) can come across as some great mystical experience or as a “thing” to be obtained. While it may seem confusing at first, these teachings have the potential to open us to the experience and embodied wisdom of Anatta (not-self). There are many books on the topic (some of which will be used in this class) and you have likely heard the term used often in talks. This class will be an opportunity to explore how, as we start to live from the place of Emptiness, true freedom is experienced.

Sundays, 7pm EST via Zoom

These weekly on-line sessions are offered to support your practice. Each week I will guide a meditation for 25 minutes, give a short talk, have time for q/a and close with another sit. We will use the zoom platform which is dependable and easy to use. his weekly sit will be offered on the basis of generosity and there is no registration fee.

To join simply go to, click on Join Meeting (upper right side) and when it asks for the meeting ID use 718 360 3141 from there just follow the instructions. The zoom app should automatically install but this only takes a few seconds. Please go to in advance just to make sure you are clear on how it works. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Generosity itself is a practice. I will offer the teaching freely, and give you the opportunity to support my practice as a teacher.

Support can be offered via PayPal.Me/mindfulnessnyc . Paypal me only works if you have a paypal account, otherwise just go to and use my email address: The same address can be used with Venmo.

Stay tuned for future details


Jon is a Senior Trainer and Consultant with The Potential Project, and in this context he leads workshops, seminars and courses on mindfulness in the workplace for both non- and for-profit organizations. He works with senior leaders and teams to increase focus, attention, effectiveness, empathy and resilience in their busy and "always-on" lives. For more information contact


Weekly on-line sitting every Sunday from 7:00pm-8:00PM

contact for details.


On request. Please email:

Jon Aaron trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which has granted him certification as an MBSR teacher. He has taught over 40 cycles of the seminal curriculum, as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He is a co-founding member of New York Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative.

Jon is a teacher at the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as the guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. He is also Senior Trainer and Consultant with The Potential Project, a leading global organization specialized in bringing mindfulness to the workplace. 

He enjoys teaching and sharing the practice with people in a multitude of settings. Over the years, Jon has given workshops and classes for organizations as diverse as ABC in the Broadcast Operations Division, the Cable Entertainment Group at NBC Universal, the New York Open Center, Physicians Reciprocal Insurance Cooperation, the NYU Medical School, the Department of Psychology at Einstein College of Medicine, the Beth Israel Medical Center, the 92nd St Y, the teacher training program of Yoga Sutra where he was part of the faculty, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he led a group for seven years.

Jon continues his studies in Buddhist meditation in the Theravada and non-dual traditions with his primary teacher Matthew Flickstein. He has also completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, as well as the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care program with the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He is currently training in Somatic ExperiencingTM.

Jon has also been active as an agent and producer in the Performing Arts for many years.

To read what people are saying about Jon's teaching, click here.

Looking for a 5 minute guided mindfulness meditation? Check out this short session Jon led at the last TedxTeachersCollege of Columbia.

3 minute meditation

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