Mindfulness for Health Providers

 

MBSR is an 8 wk program originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This course is based on scientific research and has been taught at medical centers all over the world. This course follows the curriculum and methodology taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 

Over the las couple of decades, thousands of research articles have been published establishing the efficacy of practicing mindfulness as a way of reducing stress and improving medical and psychological symptoms. Stress has been associated directly with the development of chronic illness such as cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, obesity, anxiety and depression.

 

Mindfulness is a conscious discipline revolving around a particular way of paying attention in one’s life. Mindfulness should not be thought of as a technique but rather as a way of being.Is practiced for its own sake and cultivated daily regardless of circumstances , a path or a way and not as a Band-Aid or technique. Mindfulness is also a radical act of self compassion and love involving a willingness to live our lives more fully and experience every moment directly so as not to miss our own life as it unfolds.

 

Mindfulness is present moment awareness: “the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment”. It requires long-term practice to be fully understood and before an in-depth experience and understanding of mindfulness can be actually achieved, although changes in the brain have been documented after just severals weeks of practice.

 

Mindfulness explores and deepens the mind-body connection allowing you to train the areas of the brain that help you deal deal better with stress and difficult situations, a process called neuroplasticity. Researchers at Harvard University have shown, using fMRI studies, that eight weeks of MBSR training leads to thickening of the regions of the brain associated with learning and memory, emotion regulation, attention and sense of self. These changes develop and provide access to inner resources that become your ally in improving your health and well being. Even the smallest manifestation of mindfulness can lead to an insoght that can have huge health benefits.

 

 

The program is highly experiential and includes inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life, group dialogue and daily home assignments.

 

Participants who complete the course enhance their ability to:

  • Manage stress more effectively

  • Relax and feel calm

  • Focus and concentrate

  • Improve attention, memory and performance

  • Find balance and clarity

  • Cope with chonic pain

  • Find balance more quickly after stressful situations

  • Develop healthy relationships

 

 

 

WHO WILL BENEFIT

 

People with the following conditions found the course extremely beneficial and reported significant improvements:

 

  • Chronic stress (work, family, money)

  • Anxiety and panic episodes

  • Depression

  • Fatigue and sleep disturbances

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Asthma

  • Skin disorders

  • Chronic pain

  • Obesity and eating disorders

  • Anger

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

  • Eight 2-½ hours weekly classes 

  • One all-day silent retreat

 

In this program you will learn and experience:

  • Sitting Meditation

  • Walking meditation

  • Body Scan Meditation

  • Mindful Eating

  • Gentle Yoga

  • Group discussion

 

Guided audio recordings are provided for daily 1-hour home practice, which is strongly recommended in order to enhance the benefits of the program.

 

 

ONLINE COURSE:

Starts May 2016 .

Two different times to fit your schedule.

Email us to sign up or get more info: juan@mindstay.com

 

ON-SITE COURSE

Starts Saturday April 2, 2016

9am-11:30am

Tuition: $450

 

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