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Mindfulness and Yoga

We periodically offer our Mindfulness and Yoga Series. This 7 week course combines the teaching of mindfulness meditation and yoga. The objective is to coach participants to use those teachings to manage stress and cultivate inner peace. The roots of these teachings are Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR*) on one hand, and Sri Krishnamacharya’s insightful understanding of yoga’s potential for transforming conditioned patterns on the other hand.

Participants are guided into better understanding how they manifest stress and then, through yoga and meditation, develop the skill to bring greater balance and clarity into their daily life. The yoga portion of this course is gentle, with individual adaptations to suit the ability of each participant (if a person is not able to get to the floor, seated postures will be offered instead.) Although this course does not meet the requirements for becoming a certified MBSR teacher, it has been attended in the past by all kinds of professionals who later reported having successfully incorporated some of skills they acquired into their own work.
Our course runs for 7 consecutive weeks and also includes a 5 hour silent retreat. In addition to the 19 hours of guided practices and didactic instruction on stress, meditation, and yoga, participants have access to a minimum of 5 meditations for their daily use. They also receive home study packages with exercises, current scientific studies, inspiring anecdotes, cartoons, poems, and prose to support the intention to bring mindfulness meditation and yoga into the management of life’s inevitable stress.
The fee for the course, downloads, and home study packets is $375. Enrollment in the course necessitates connecting personally with the instructor either at the school or over the phone and  payment in full before the course begins. Having the ability to receive emails and downloads is also necessary but exceptions can be made when deemed appropriate. 

The instructor, David Jacobs, received his training for teaching MBSR at the University of Massachussets Medical Center, Center of Mindfulness, where the MBSR program was developed.  David taught the MBSR program to Syracuse University students through the University's Counseling Center from 2008 to 2015. He also offers the course to the faculty and staff through the University Wellness Initiative. In addition to being fully trained and certified to share MBSR with others, David is an experienced yoga teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacarya.

* 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, sports programs, and even the armed services use the program to reduce stress and support meeting goals and potentials