Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
What is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program?
Established in 1979 by dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (USA), MBSR is an internationally certified 8-week program that provides a simple and effective method of stress reduction, symptom regulation, and emotional balance through coping skills of our own body and mind. Since then, the benefits of MBSR have made significant contributions to the fields of medicine, psychology, and psychiatry.
It is not just sitting crossed-leg in silence and passively meditating. MBSR is based on rigorous and systematic training in mindfulness – moment-to-moment intentionally paying attention to all aspects of our living experience, which we mostly and automatically dismiss on a daily basis. It’s about gaining greater awareness of your life, which consequently improves health and well-being, both physical and psychological.
About the MBSR Course
Who can participate?
If you experience a range of life problems or medical problems (from headaches, high blood pressure, back pain, heart disease, cancer, AIDS to anxiety, panic attack, depression), or you just want to find ways to cope with daily stress, improve your immunity, sleep quality, confidence, work on your self-care or other self-development – this course IS for you! No prior experience is required.
*Note that this is not medical or psychological therapy. If you have a diagnosis, consult with your doctor or therapist before taking the course.
What to expect in the MBSR course?
The course is run in a small group (6 to 12 people) over the period of 8 weeks (2 – 2,5 hours), online or in-person. Each week, you are presented with a specific module that will engage you in interactive exercises about perception, mindful eating, mindful yoga movement, mindful communication, effects of stress on health and ways to cope, handling difficult emotions or physical pain, and methods of self-care. In every module, we practice different mindful meditations while applying seven major pillars of mindfulness: non-judging, patience, a beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go. Halfway through the course, there is ONE FULL day of silence that you spend in guided meditations.
In between the live sessions, you are given daily homework which requires the discipline of scheduling and doing meditations (recorded) on your own. A strong commitment to working on yourself and enough self-discipline to preserve in the process is essential to develop a high degree of mindfulness, and consequently to experience all the benefits.
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