What can the MBSR class do for me?
What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a formal 8-week training in mindfulness meditation, with a day-long silent retreat near the end of the program. It meets on a weekly basis and includes a personal commitment to home practice and mindful citizenship. Mindfulness is a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening, and allows a greater sense of connection to and acceptance of life as it is in this moment.
During the course, participants will practice present moment awareness, breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, movement meditations, yoga, mindful walking, and more. This brings attention to the unity of mind and body, as well as to the ways the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
The mind is known to be a factor in stress and stress-related disorders, and meditation has been shown to positively effect a range of autonomic physiological processes, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing overall arousal and emotional reactivity. Regular practice of mindfulness meditation helps participants to cultivate clarity, curiosity, insight, understanding, self-compassion, and awareness.
The MBSR program was created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979. The course is now offered in over 250 medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world, and variations of the program have made their way into popular culture, holistic training institutes, and public schools, supporting people with stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain in ways that give hope in these troubled times and teach kindness and compassion to current and future generations.
"If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher." -Pema Chodron
Friday Morning MBSR Group
10 am-12:30 pm Jan. 11 - Mar. 1
Strength in Motion Counseling
Tuesday afternoon MBSR Group
4-6:30 pm Jan. 8 - Feb. 26
The Meditation Place
Day-long silent retreat: Sunday February 17, 2019
Required Program Orientations
Dec. 18 at 4 pm - Longmont
January 4 at 10 a.m. - Boulder
(Attending at least one orientation is required though it does not need to be in the same location where you will attend class)
"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"
"While MBSR is not a "cure" for serious medical conditions and should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, research indicates that mindfulness training can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes and other ailments. In addition, participants typically report feeling more alive, more "in tune" with themselves and others."
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1121, Lyons, Co. 80540
Telephone: (970) 480-7605
Mindfulness Ambassadors International, LLC is a community-oriented and service-focused limited liability company based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.