MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)
Mindfulness based stress reduction, or MBSR, is structured course that teaches participants how to practise mindfulness through simple meditation and movement (based on Yoga stretches & Tai Chi). Developed over the past 30 years, courses teaching mindfulness have been extensively researched and found to have helped many people deal with a wide range of difficulties, from chronic pain to mental distress. They also offer a way of developing positive mental qualities and mental well-being.
Mindfulness has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to help prevent relapse into depression. It is taught in a non-religious format and does not require belief in any spiritual tradition. The programme consists of one orientation session followed by eight two hour sessions in consecutive weeks. You will learn the skill of mindfulness using experiential exercises and gentle Yoga movements alongside a variety of mindful meditations. This will be supported through teaching and group discussion.
Participants will be encouraged to develop their own daily mindfulness practice and will be given a practice to do at home for the remaining 6 days, for approximately 45 minutes per day. You will be provided with audio CDs and a workbook. In joining the course you will be making a commitment, as best you can, to attending all sessions and doing the daily home practice. Making time for this can, at times, feel stressful but we encourage you to work with these difficulties. They are an important part of your journey.
Please note: Participants need to commit to attending all sessions.
Venue: Tara Room, Jamyang Buddhist Centre, 43 Renfrew Road, London SE11 4NA
Where to find us
Course Cost: £250 for evening course, £200 for morning course. Concessions available.
This includes: Introductory evening talk, 8 week course, one full practice day (lunch included), plus guided meditation CDs and a workbook.
Course application form can be found HERE.
· The course is mobility impaired and wheelchair accessible;
· Unfortunately we have no induction loop technology nor people trained in BSL (+British Sign Language) on site, but the course is accessible to the hard of hearing and lip readers;
· The content of the course does not rely on visual presentations so is accessible for the blind and partially sighted.
MBSR DROP IN CLASSES & FULL PRACTICE DAYS
Course graduates are supported and encouraged to continue their practice. A regularly monthly drop in session takes place normally on the last Friday of each month. Course graduates are also welcome to attend Full Practice days which take place at regular intervals throughout the year. Details from the London Centre for Mindfulness (LCfM) website.