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MBSR Course

What is Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

MBSR is an evidence-based program designed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zin from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Traditional MBSR is an 8-week program that includes 8 2-3 hour sessions once a week and a one-day mini-retreat to strengthen and deepen what is learned in the weekly sessions. MBSR includes various types of meditation practices, designed for a secular audience. Yoga (which can be also thought of as mindful movement) is included as a component, although yoga can be modified for any fitness level (it can even be done by following along in your mind's eye!). Students are asked to commit to a daily home practice to get the maximum benefit of participating in the program. The weekly classes include discussions with the group leader(s) and the other students. In my experience, we can build a beautiful community exploring these practices together, even though the actual work is done individually and internally. 

I teach traditional MBSR at the Wholistic Abone in Newport Beach, CA and virtually online. I am also available to modify an MBSR program to fit your individual or organizational needs. 

What are the benefits of MBSR?

MBSR has demonstrated effectiveness at ameliorating a variety of conditions including: 

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic pain

  • Improve immune functioning 

  • Binge eating disorder 

  • Weight loss

  • Problem gambling 

  • Smoking 

  • Substance use 

  • Aging-related cognitive decline

It can also help increase: 

  • Attention 

  • Concentration 

  • Employee health and productivity 

  • Athletic performance 

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