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he course teaches participants how to use mindfulness meditation and yoga to manage stress. It is based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) program* and Shri Krishnamacharya’s insightful understanding of yoga’s potential for transforming conditioned patterns. Participants will investigate how they personally perceive stress. Through practicing yoga and a form of meditation that is stripped of cultural and religious reference, they will develop the skills to bring greater balance and clarity into their daily life.

The instructor, David Jacobs, received his MBSR training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center of Mindfulness. He teaches the program to Syracuse University students through the University’s Counseling Center and to the faculty and staff through the University Wellness Initiative. David also is a certified yoga instructor at UYI where he has taught yoga since 2001.

* MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is a medically respected program that was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. Thirty years later, the program forms the basis of therapeutic interventions for anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Schools, businesses, and sports programs use the program to reduce stress and support meeting goals and potentials.