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Program Spotlight: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

mindfulness based stress reduction

We’re thrilled that Jessica Webb of Anchor Yoga approached us to offer the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at Groundwork this fall. Mindfulness is a powerful practice that can help us to cope with many of the challenges modern life throws our way: distraction, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress… the list goes on.

We asked Jessica three simple questions, to shed some light on the practice of mindfulness, and how you can benefit from MBSR. Here’s what she had to say:

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

MBSR is a method of using meditation and mindful movement to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. It is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness, which is about waking up, being fully alive, and being present for the richness of each moment of our lives. Within this awakening, we gain access to our deepest inner resources for living, healing, and coping with stress.

What can people expect to learn and practice during the course?

Participants get a hands-on experiential understanding of mindful eating, mindful walking, practicing a body scan meditation, sitting and breathing with awareness, mindful listening, mindful speaking, gentle yoga, and so much more. MBSR can help people who are coping with medical problems, job or family-related stress, and anxiety and depression.

What are some of the changes or shifts people experience during the MBSR course?

The majority of participants report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms. Pain levels improve and people learn to better cope with pain that may not go away. Most people also report an increased ability to relax, greater enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations.

Ready to get started?

The course runs from Wednesday evenings from September 18th – November 6th, and you can get detailed information on the Anchor Yoga website. All participants must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to the course, and the next one happens at Groundwork on August 21.

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