Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction is an 8 week course plus a one-day silent retreat originally designed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The program was created for people experiencing chronic pain, but can also greatly help people experiencing stress in a broad range of areas or those simply looking to experience more richness in life.
The benefits of MBSR include: an enhanced ability to cope with short and long term stressful situations, reduced levels of anxiety, panic and depression, increased ability to cope with pain, a greater ability to relax, increased self-esteem and sense of well-being and improved relationships.
This course is appropriate for beginners as well as those with some meditation experience. Participants will learn compassionate ways of being with the body, emotions, and challenging mind states. It is suitable for people of all physical abilities (the yoga section can be modified for those who need to sit in a chair), but it may not be appropriate for those with major psychiatric disorders or suicidal ideation. Classes include meditation (lying down, sitting, and walking), mindful yoga, discussion, and homework to practice bringing mindfulness into daily life.
We will meet every Sunday for eight weeks and then close with a one-day silent retreat. The program requires a commitment to attend at least 6 of the 8 classes and to daily practice (approximately 30-40 minutes) for optimal benefit.
Registration for this course requires a short intake form and conversation with Sarah to ensure the course is right for you and answer any questions you may have.