Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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.

Not able to commit to an 8-week course? Check out a Drop-In Class.

Course Overview

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. 

Practices include:

  • 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.

Intrigued but need more information? Attend a free intro to MBSR class.

Have questions about MBSR, or mindfulness in general? Send us an email! info@mindfulSF.com