MBSR

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a comprehensive 8-week introduction to the art of mindfulness.

Modeled on the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical Center, this program is more than just relaxation techniques. It’s a structured and supportive program to learn a different way of being. You’ll learn how to step out of self-imposed limits and flow more easily with the way things are.

There is a growing body of research showing that mindfulness brings us many benefits – for our physical and mental health, as well as overall well-being.

upcoming MBSR class scheduleIn this course you’ll learn how to

Course details

  • 8 weekly in-person classes (2-1/4 hours each) and 1 all-day session on a weekend day
  • instruction in mindfulness meditation, yoga, and body awareness
  • group discussions to support making mindfulness a part of daily living
  • homework exercises to build awareness throughout your day

The program is intensive and challenging. Participants are expected to meditate at home for 30-45 minutes every day, plus do simple awareness exercises for an additional 5-10 minutes per day.

MBSR may not be appropriate for some

Meditation is considered safe for healthy people. However, this course may not be recommended for those with the following issues:

  • being so stressed or busy that it feels difficult to commit to the daily homework
  • physical or medical conditions that significantly impact your ability to do the meditation or yoga practices
  • active substance dependence, or in recovery less than one year
  • psychological issues such as suicidality, psychosis, PTSD, clinical depression, or other major psychiatric diagnoses

Some exceptions are possible, so please contact me if you have any questions.

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