Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)
Move towards greater balance in life and meet everyday challenges with awareness, energy, and life-affirming possibility.
This 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is a scientifically researched mindfulness program developed 30 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After three decades of published research, those who have participated in MBSR courses around the world report:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- An increased ability to relax
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improved self-esteem
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
Although MBSR is an educational program and not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy is has proved helpful for those with a variety of challenges once treatment or therapy are complete including:
- Stress from job, family, finances
- Chronic Pain, or illness
- Chronic anxiety or panic
- Gastrointestinal distress
- High Blood Pressure
This course is intensive in nature, and requires a commitment for the eight weeks. The curriculum incorporates the following:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga (any level)
- Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
- Individually tailored instruction
- Daily home assignments
- Four home practice CDs and a home practice manual
"I have more connection to self and a major increase in awareness of changes in myself and the environment.” "I have a better overall state of being. More acceptance, and less judgment of myself and others.” "I am able to step back in times of stress and view myself from the outside - evaluate self." "I now have tools to use in times of stress, a routine of taking time for myself, and daily frequent and consistent mindful yoga." "I feel more spaciousness, and more of a sense of choice." “I am taking more time for spiritual practice.” "The course was a supportive environment, and I feel a sense of commitment to reduce stress in my life."