Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Feeling Stressed, Sleepless, Anxious or Overwhelmed?
The world in which we live is moving faster and faster and our senses are bombarded, often from the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the moment we go to bed. Turning out the lights, hungry for sleep and perhaps a moment of peace or ease and we find our minds racing with worry and running through our mental “to do” list. Where is ease or relief to be found?
What Is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
This stress reduction program was started at UMass Medical School by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn over 40 years ago. You will learn how to develop your own mindfulness practice through meditation, mindful movement, and body-based modalities.
Our instructor participated in UMass Medical School's Center for Mindfulness professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. Admission to this training program was limited to those with extensive professional experience, with a solid meditation practice.
What Are the Exercises of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction exercise begins in your head with focusing. This is to mindfulness what stretching is to running. Focusing is how you begin to train your mind. Like a runner training for a race, you are training your mind to become more aware and to build awareness. Physically, this includes breathing, focusing on an object, paying attention to the body, walking slowly, paying full attention to the moment, mindful eating, yoga, riding out your emotions, and more.
How Is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Used?
This approach to body, mind, and health can increase one’s ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices.
How Do I Know if MBSR Is Appropriate for Me?
Participating in an MBSR class can be a positive and life transforming experience. At the same time, meditation practice can be strenuous and requires some stability of physical and psychological health.
If you have recently experienced considerable trauma, significant depression, or anxiety, or are currently experiencing strong PTSD (post-traumatic stress), MBSR may not be appropriate for you at this time in your life. A therapist can help you assess the wisest course of action for you. You will also have a private consultation with the instructor at the end of the orientation. Please share any concerns you may have during this consultation.
What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
While mindfulness has been in practice for thousands of years, its relevance to good health has been renewed in modern medicine.
The cultivation of mindful awareness has been found to help with:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- High blood pressure
- Caregiver stress
- Chronic illness
- Pain related disorders
Our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course is an intensive 8-week course designed to help you cultivate and strengthen your own inner resources for healing, well-being and ease amid the challenges of your life.
What Recent Participants Have Said
“I thought the workshop was excellent.”
“Well organized, great materials, a very nice program.”
"Uplifting." “Everything about the program was wonderful. I really liked sharing experiences with everyone.”
“Better than any Christmas or birthday present. Like being given the keys to a kingdom that no one can take away.”
About the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
The course consists of eight weekly classes, an all-day session and daily mindfulness homework practices. The stress reduction program is designed to teach folks with a wide range of conditions how to take better care of themselves and participate fully in improving their health and quality of life.
In class and through the homework, you will learn practical skills in mindfulness that allow you to deepen your capacity to pay attention, to be more present and to learn how to work more effectively with the stressors and challenges in your life. The course requires a strong commitment to participation and engagement in the class over the 8 weeks.
This highly participatory, practical course includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
- Individually tailored instruction
- Daily home assignments
- Home practice audio (mp3) files and handouts
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course Details
The program consists of:
- Mandatory orientation prior to the start of the program
- Weekly classes (2.5 hours) – one night per week for 8 weeks
- Saturday all-day session
- Home assignments (45-60 minutes each day)