Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals who wish to reduce the impact of stress, anxiety, chronic illness and pain on their quality of life and function. In this course, you will learn awareness skills to recognize and change the relationship you have with the stressors of life, and the pain you experience. You will also learn skills to recognize stressors that are not in your control, including structural and systemic forms of discrimination, in order to choose skilful ways to change what is within your means, and to take care of yourself.
MBSR consists of eight weekly classes and one daylong class on a weekend. The course helps participants to develop greater ease and capacity to manage stress, change one’s relationship to pain, and alter our relationship to the effects of chronic physical and psychological illness. Many of our students have reported decreases in psychological and physical symptoms due to anxiety and stress. These include: lower blood pressure, better job and home life function, improved sleep, better emotional regulation, and others. Research findings corroborate these reports (e.g. meta-analyses by deVibe et al., 2017, Campbell Collaboration; Goldberg et al., 2018, Clinical Psychology Review).
In this highly experiential and practical course students will learn:
- Various mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle mindful movement
- To recognize stress and maladaptive coping strategies
- Strategies to respond more effectively to stress
- How to change one’s relationship to chronic pain to live a more fulfilling life
- How to integrate mindfulness into social interactions and daily life
- To develop and maintain a regular meditation practice
Daily home practices are assigned at the end of every class for students to consolidate their learning, and to bring mindful awareness into their lives.
Who Should Attend:
Individuals experiencing chronic stress, illness and pain, school and work burnout, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing.
Spring/Summer 2022 MBSR Course (online, through Zoom live, interactive video):
Summer, 2022: TBA – please contact if interested
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. for classes
Where: Live, online by Zoom interactive video; link will be sent out after registration, a week before course starts.
Number of seats: up to 20
Instructor: Tom Heah, M.Sc. (OT)