8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program 2016 Jan

  • 8-week MBSR class Tuesdays January 19, 2016 through March 8, 2016, Casa de Luz
    January 19, 2016
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    - Venue: Casa de Luz
  • 8-week MBSR class Wednesdays January 20, 2016 through March 9, 2016, Casa de Luz
    January 20, 2016
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    - Venue: Casa de Luz
  • 8-week MBSR class Thursdays January 21, 2016 through March 10, 2016, Soma Vida
    January 21, 2016
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    - Venue: Soma Vida Community Center

Pre-requisite:  A personal interview is necessary.  The easiest way is to attend the Free Introduction to Mindfulness class, at which you can meet the instructor and sign up for this program.

This program is taught through an 8-week class that meets once a week for 2 hours.  Participants are also required to attend a day-long silent retreat that is teacher-led.

The dates for the 8-week class are as follows:

The fee for the 8-week class is $450 for a total of 24 hours of instruction, with sliding scale scholarships available.

In the 8-week program, participants are trained in mindful meditation that helps them explore their reactivity and response to stress.  In addition, practices that explore the mind-body connection are explored through mindful movement and body-awareness.  The practices of developing stress hardiness through training in kindness and self-compassion and training in mindful communication are also offered.

The MBSR Program is evidence based and has been clinically proven to benefit people reporting a variety of concerns:*

Stress – caused by work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, and several other factors of daily living.

Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, GI distress, skin disorders, and many other conditions.

Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Prevention and wellness –including health enhancement and learning a better sense of balance in life.

This program is offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments.  This workshop gives a very brief introduction to the practices.  An ongoing commitment to deepen the understanding and practice of the five foundational tools is encouraged and is required to reap the full benefits of this program.

Who can attend:  Anyone interested in exploring mindfulness practices for stress reduction.  No prior practice is necessary.  All exercises will be modified to meet the individual needs of participants.

What to wear:  Comfortable clothing that allows for gentle stretching and comfortable sitting.

Options to sit:  Chairs and back-jacks (for supported floor seating) will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and blanket for the body-centered practices if they choose to lie on the floor.  If participants already have a meditation practice for which they use a meditation cushion, they are welcome to bring it along.

*  Information used with permission from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.  Please visit them for more information on  clinical research and more information on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
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