Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The program introduces a variety of mindfulness practices that are designed to cultivate greater ease and resiliency in the face of stress, illness, and pain.
We offer this course here in San Francisco several times a year. The next 8-week course begins on April 3, 2019.
Throughout the 8-week course, participants are introduced to practices that are designed to cultivate awareness and presence. Each week participants are introduced to a variety of mindfulness practices.
Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
Body awareness practices
Sitting and walking meditations
Group discussions aimed at increasing awareness in daily life
Informal mindfulness in daily life
The Science Behind MBSR
Since 1979, MBSR has been extensively researched across many settings. Studies have shown MBSR to benefit people with chronic pain, stress, and anxiety-related conditions. There is also a growing body of research in the field of neuroscience that shows functional brain changes in people who engage in mindfulness training. If you are interested in learning more about research that backs MBSR visit the Center for Mindfulness website.
MBSR helps people learn new ways of relating to stress while cultivating kindness and self-compassion. The course provides a framework to support people with connecting more fully to themselves, others, and their lives.
Have questions about MBSR, or mindfulness in general? Send us an email! info@mindfulSF.com