The eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week psycho-educational course that teaches a variety of mindfulness practices as a health intervention. It is also the first form of secular mindfulness course brought into the health setting by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the late 1970s.
Extensive published research has demonstrated that the majority of people who complete the program report experiencing lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress. Sleep quality is improved, blood pressure drops, worryomg subside, and there is greater ease and peace of mind. Since its inception, thousands of people have benefitted from it.
Course Format: The MBSR course is conducted over eight weeks, with each session lasting 2 to 2.5 hours. There is a mandatory all day retreat between the sixth and seventh week, as well as approximately 45 minutes of daily home practice (involving both formal and informal practices) between each session.
What is taught in the eight-weeks: The practice of MBSR involves relatively intensive formal practices involving focusing on the breath and body through meditation and gentle body stretching and movements to develop awareness of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and habitual tendencies that typically cause unhappiness. Informal practices are also taught to establish mindfulness into daily lives. There will also be group discussions and brief lectures on stress physiology. Home assignments, handouts and mindfulness audio files will be provided.
Carmen is a trained Mindfulness Teacher. She regularly conducts the 8-week MBSR Courses, as well as gives talks/workshops for companies and the public.
8-week MBSR Course