What is Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
An evidence-based program to improve physical and mental health
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 the 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 with my colleague Laurie Hallihan. I am also available to modify MBSR to fit your individual or organizational needs.
What are the benefits of MBSR?
MBSR has demonstrated effectiveness at ameliorating a variety of conditions including:
Improve immune functioning
Binge eating disorder
Aging-related cognitive decline
It can also help increase:
Employee health and productivity