Based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s MBSR* model for stress management, this course will be offered for a total of 7 consecutive Saturdays, from January 25th to March 7th. These weekly classes will be 2 hours long and run from 1 PM to 3 PM. On the 6th week (February 29th) there will be a 4 1/2 hour retreat instead of the weekly class (1 to 5:30PM). The course will provide didactic material on meditation, mindfulness, yoga, the science of stress, and current research as well as actual guided meditations and yoga practices. The yoga portion is gentle and respectfully adapts postures to suit the ability of each participant. Participants will receive access to downloads for home practices (which will be theirs to use after the completion of the course) and home study material and exercises. The fee to participate is $400.00.
Please be aware that this course does not meet any of the requirements for becoming a certified MBSR teacher or meditation teacher. It is intended to establish one’s personal daily meditation practice. Participants have reported that this program have had lasting positive influences on their personal and professional lives.
The instructor, David Jacobs, received his training for teaching MBSR, at the University of Massachusetts 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 offered the course to the faculty and staff through the University Wellness Initiative. In addition to being trained to share MBSR with others, David has been a yoga teacher in the Krishnamacharya-Desikachar lineage at for over 18 years.
If interested in this program, please contact David at Upstate Yoga Institute either by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 315-445-4894. Enrollment is limited and an initial and free meeting with David is required in order to be admitted in the program.
* 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.