Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), is a ground-breaking and time-tested, scientifically researched program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This transformative course is suited for those coming to meditation for the first time or for experienced meditators. MBSR has been proven to be effective in managing pain and decreasing stress.
What To Expect:
MBSR is an 8-week course that uses meditation, mindful yoga, and inquiry/discussion as a way of exploring the habits of the mind to discover how these patterns of reactivity become a major cause of stress and where we could intervene to change them. MBSR helps participants learn to alter their relationship with each moment of their lives and through it derive more joy, fulfillment, and meaning from their lives. The course is experiential: by paying attention to what arises in daily lives and class practice, and through exploring the challenges that arise and how these are met. A supportive and safe container is created for students to feel connected and be inspired. Participants are supported by recorded guided meditations and are expected to practice 30-45 minutes of daily formal meditation as well as various informal practices.
Benefits of MBSR:
Research over the past 38 years indicates that a majority of people who complete this program report a greater ability to cope more effectively with short and long term stressful situations; an increased ability to relax, lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms; reduction in pain levels and enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain and most importantly a greater energy and enthusiasm for life. Some of the Skills People Learn in MBSR Courses: Practical coping skills to improve the ability to handle stressful situations, Methods for being physically and mentally relaxed and at ease, Gentle full-body conditioning exercises to strengthen the body and release muscular tension, The ability to be increasingly aware of the interplay of mind and body in health and illness, The ability to face change and difficult times in your life with greater ease, Greater ability to decrease the physical, mental and emotional effects of the societal stressors of sexism, racism, homophobia.
Some of the Skills People Learn in MBSR Courses:
- Practical coping skills to improve the ability to handle stressful situations
- Techniques for being physically and mentally relaxed and at ease
- Gentle full body conditioning exercises to strengthen the body and release muscular tension
- The ability to be increasingly aware of the interplay of mind and body in health and illness
- The ability to face change and difficult times in life with greater ease
- Greater ability to decrease the physical, mental and emotional effects of the societal stressors of sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia and gender inequity among many other challenges
Participants and cost:
We are committed to bringing this course to communities of color in doing so, this cohort is open to BIPOC Identified folx only. The normal tuition is usually between $450-$600 which includes the materials and practice day. We will be offering this at a reduced rate of $250-$450. Please choose your rate mindfully and be as generous as possible so we can continue to make this course accessible. Be sure your schedule allows you to attend all the sessions.
September 24th, 2023, from 11AM-1PM
October 25th, 2023 from 6-8PM
Course: Thursday evenings from 6:30-9PM ET January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8,15, March 7 and 14, 2023
Daylong: Saturday March 2nd, 2023- Day long 10-6:00PM ET
Location: In person – Love & Kindness Wellness Services
108 Kenilworth Pl. Suite 2, Brooklyn, NY 11210