Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Learn skills to better manage stress, increase awareness and calm in your daily life.
8-wk class @ MDitate, Newport Beach, CA
Tuesday’s 3pm-5pm +all day retreat Saturday 10/19
We operate day in and day out with a mind and body that rely heavily upon each other for optimal function. Often times, the body is physically present, but the mind tends to be somewhere else. Mindfulness is a method that helps bridge the mind and body together with a greater sense of awareness. The skill of awareness and paying attention can lead to unlimited benefits to physical, mental, and emotional states of health. But most importantly, mindfulness brings us back to what has been forgotten about our basic human condition of BEING a human-being. MBSR is an opportunity to reclaim your health, balance, and connection to life.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week program that provides participants the tools to become more aware and present to their daily lives. MBSR is an opportunity to experience mindfulness and its direct benefits to health and well-being by paying attention to the present moment with a sense of curiosity and interest. Weekly classes are held Tuesday from 3:00p – 5:00p, and includes one Saturday all-day retreat.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Personal skills and tools to effectively manage stress, pain, illness, and life’s daily challenges. These skills include: Relaxation and meditation methods for calming the body and mind – Gentle Yoga – Effective Communication – Stress Reduction Strategies – Pain Management – Methods for overcoming challenging emotions [e.g.: anger, anxiety, depression]
30-years of published research studies focus on the positive structural and functional changes in the brain. The majority of people who complete the MBSR program benefit from:
- Enhanced ability to manage stressful situations
- Improvement in physical and psychological well-being
- Higher levels of energy and enthusiasm for life
- Reduction in pain levels and ability to cope with chronic pain
- Greater insights, creativity, patience
- Increased well-being and happiness
- Less stress and anxiety
- Strengthened immune system
- Improved self-esteem, self-acceptance, energy and confidence
- Greater focus and cognitive flexibility
- More empathy and compassion
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Are you seeking greater well-being and enhanced mental and physical health? There are a variety of reasons to participate in MBSR. Do you live with one or more of the following conditions?
- Chronic Stress
- G.I. Stress
- Heart Disease
- Anxiety & Panic
- Other Chronic Conditions
MBSR is an opportunity to learn functional practices that may decrease suffering and bring you a sense of greater balance and peace. Life’s circumstances are going to continue. We will explore what stress is and how our awareness and understanding of stress can offer alternative responses so that we manage stress in a non-harming way. Mindfulness is a beneficial method to take an active role of your health and well-being.
MBSR was created at UMASS Medical School and founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. Since then, over 25,000 people world-wide have completed the program, and the numbers continue to grow. Mindfulness has become a buzz word in our society, and the evidence based research teachings have been integrated into mainstream medicine, medical, and professional education, corporations, school systems, athletics, inner city and correctional institutions. MBSR roots are derived from science, medicine, psychology, and complemented by various ancient wisdom and meditative traditions. MBSR is a secular practice that focuses on mindfulness meditation as a method to be applied directly into supporting the challenges and adventures of everyday life.
For more information about mindfulness, go to: UMASS Center for Mindfulness
LOCATION & REGISTRATION
Classes offered at MDitate | 1100 Quail St. Suit 100 | Newport Beach, CA 92660 | (949) 396 – 6908
Weekly classes: TBA
All day retreat TBA (10am – 5pm).
Includes: Eight 2 hour classes, plus day long retreat (participatory discussions, meditation, mindfulness, mindful eating, walking, gentle yoga), all course materials (workbook, audio recordings for home practice).
Trained by the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School, Christy is a qualified MBSR teacher, meditator, yoga teacher and practitioner who is also certified in MB-Eat (Mindfulness Based Eating). She has helped numerous individuals and groups significantly reduce stress levels and improve personal health and self-awareness. She has been a school educator since 2001 and is currently teaching mindfulness and yoga programs to public school systems, athletic organizations, corporations, and local communities.