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Mindfulness and Yoga             

This course teaches participants how to use both mindfulness meditation and yoga to manage stress and cultivate inner peace. It 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 will investigate how they manifest stress and then, through yoga and meditation, will develop and acquire the skills to bring greater balance and clarity into their daily life.

Our next MBSR and Yoga Program will be starting June 4th and will run for seven consecutive weeks. Classes will take place each Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, and a 5 hour retreat will be on Saturday, July 11th, starting at 9 AM. The course is taught/facilitated by David Jacobs.

The cost for the course is $375. Besides the 19 hours of classroom instruction based on the MBSR teacher training David graduated from at
the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center of MIndfulness, the tuition also includes:

    . weekly home guidance packets with exercises, latest scientific studies, inspiring anecdotes, cartoons, poems and prose to support your intention to bring mindfulness meditation and yoga into your life.

    . recorded guided meditations to support daily home practices (these vary in length so you can pick which would be most appropriate and convenient for any day)

    . email access to facilitator/teacher throughout program as well as availibility before and after each class to discuss challenges and concerns  

The instructor, David Jacobs, 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 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, and sports programs use the program to reduce stress and support meeting goals and potentials.