Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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Seeking more tranquility in your life? Join me for an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course based on a scientifically proven system created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.

Dates: Fall 2016 {October 24-December 12}. To be added to the “first to know” list, click here.

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

MBSR is an evidence-based 8-week course that teaches skills to reduce physical and emotional stress, and enhance well-being. MBSR has been shown to be effective at helping participants with a wide variety of needs, goals and physical conditions reduce stress, pain, anxiety and other symptoms, and improve their quality of life.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose, non-judgmentally, to what is happening in the present moment, both internally (physical sensations, thoughts, emotions) and externally (sounds, sights, smells). Mindfulness enables us to be present to and aware of our experiences, rather than becoming consumed by or lost in them. This allows us to make more purposeful and wise choices, instead of reacting automatically (often with adverse consequences) to things we can’t control. Mindfulness also involves an intention to reduce or relieve suffering through the cultivation of kindness and compassion for oneself and others.

Who can benefit from this course?

MBSR is appropriate for people with a wide variety of conditions, needs and goals, including:

  • Medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain, and many others
  • Psychological conditions including depression, fatigue, and anxiety
  • Stress occurring in the context of work, relationships, transition and others
  • Wellness and prevention including general improvement of both physical and mental health and well-being

What will you learn?

MBSR provides systematic training in both formal and informal ways to bring mindfulness skills into daily life. Formal practices, taught in class, include:

  • The Body Scan: systematically move your attention from head to toe
  • Sitting meditation: awareness of breathing, sounds, sights, thoughts and emotions
  • Gentle yoga and mindful walking: attending to physical sensations generated during movement
  • Loving kindness meditation: a cognitive practice to cultivate compassion for oneself and others

In addition to the above formal practices, participants will learn about the physiology of stress, and how to use mindfulness skills in diverse contexts, including relationships, work, daily self-care and managing physical symptoms.

Time Commitment

This course consists of eight 2.5-hour weekly classes and a 6-hour weekend retreat. The first and last classes are three hours each. Participants are encouraged to engage in 45 minutes of daily home formal practice using provided mp3s and engage in informal practice assignments.