Mindfulness Meditation

Based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s MBSR* model for stress management, this course will be offered over a 6- week period in the beginning of 2020, on Saturday afternoons. Through repeated meditation practices, a half day silent retreat, and group discussions, participants will be able to develop a more mindful attitude towards daily life.  There is a yoga portion which is gentle and respectfully adapts postures to suit the ability of each participant.

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 info@upstateyogainstitute.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.

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