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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

 
  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
   

It is normal to experience stress in your daily life. How you choose to respond to that stress determines its impact on your overall health and wellbeing.

Mindfulness is an awareness that arises by intentionally paying attention to the present moment.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an educational program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Its eight-week curriculum is designed to help participants cultivate mindfulness through direct practice in meditation, mindful movement, instruction, and conversation.

Since its initial development, MBSR has been studied for a range of medical and psychological conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, diabetes, depression, cancer, heart disease, and stress. It is now offered in medical, occupational, and educational settings around the world.

MBSR is an eight-week course taught in 2.5-hour, weekly group classes and one six-hour weekend retreat. Participants are also encouraged to complete approximately 45 minutes of home practice per day.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Booster Series

The MBSR Booster Series is designed to support your ongoing practice of mindfulness after completion of the eight-week MBSR program. Similar in format to the eight-week program, this four-week series of 1.5-hour classes provides the opportunity to continue your practice in a group setting, while exploring new and previously learned exercises.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How big are the classes?

There are typically 15-20 participants in each MBSR class.

2. Do I need to have any experience with meditating to sign up?

No. Participants do not need to know anything about mindfulness when they begin the course. Please note that the course is also open to individuals with prior experience.

3. Do I need to bring anything with me?

Meditation cushions, blankets, chairs, and yoga mats are available to use. If you have specific equipment that you prefer to use, you are welcome to bring your own. You are also welcome to bring a drink in a spill-proof container. Please do not bring food as it can be very distracting.

4. What should I wear?

If possible, dress in loose layers. You do not need to wear yoga or exercise clothes. The mindful movement is very gentle and can be done in regular clothing. If you come directly from work, school, or another setting, it is fine to wear any type of clothing. Please avoid wearing perfume, cologne, or other strong fragrances.

5. Are there breaks in the classes?

There are no formal class breaks. However, all participants are encouraged to stand up, walk around, use the bathroom, or take a break whenever needed.

6. Do I need to read anything to prepare?

No. Reading about mindfulness can cause learners to intellectualize the practice and prevent them from fully immersing in the experience. At the end of the course, you may request a list of recommended reading materials and other resources.


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