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                              Mindfulness and Yoga


Every year, in June, UYI offers a Mindfulness and Yoga course to teach the use of mindfulness meditation and yoga for managing stress and cultivating inner peace. This course is rooted in the teachings of Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (also known as MBSR*) and in Shri Krishnamacharya’s insightful understanding of yoga’s potential for transforming conditioned patterns. Participants investigate how they manifest stress and then, through yoga and meditation, develop the skill to bring greater balance and clarity into their daily life. This course is not a training course for therapists or individuals interesting in teaching the MBSR model to others.

Our course runs 7 consecutive weeks for 2 hours and 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 download a minimum of 5 meditations for their daily use. They also receive email 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 for the program is David Jacobs who received his training at the University of Massachussets Medical Center, Center of Mindfulness, where the MBSR program was developed.  David has been teaching the MBSR program to Syracuse University students through the University's  Counseling Center since 2008. 

He also offers the course to the faculty and staff through the University Wellness Initiative. David is a trained and certified yoga teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacarya. He has been teaching yoga at Upstate Yoga Institute 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, sports programs, and even the armed services use the program to reduce stress and support meeting goals and potentials