Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was originally developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center to improve the quality
of life of those living with anxiety, pain and illness.
Centuries-old meditation techniques are demystified and are integrated into an eight-week program where participants learn to heighten their awareness and to live more
fully, moment to moment.

Rather than resisting life's challenges, participants practice bringing a compassionate and accepting stance to whatever they encounter. They learn to befriend their anxiety, pain or illness, while becoming less identified with it and therefore less limited in their response to it. As individuals come to see themselves as so much more than their stresses or struggles, they learn to live from a place of greater balance and freedom, where peace and happiness are increasingly available.

The program is highly participatory and requires a commitment to daily practice (approximately 45 minutes) for optimal benefit.

Classes involve a mixture of:

  • meditation (lying down, sitting, and walking)
  • gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • teaching and discussion
  • homework to facilitate bringing mindfulness into everyday life

Research has shown that the majority of those who complete the course report:

  • an enhanced ability to cope with short and long term stressful situations
  • reduced levels of anxiety and depression
  • lower pain levels and increased ability to cope with pain
  • a greater ability to relax
  • increased self-esteem and sense of well-being