As pressures of daily life increase, people are increasingly gravitating toward ancient approaches to cope with modern life. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an extensively-researched methodology used worldwide to alleviate chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and trauma. As an effective means of healing diverse symptoms of suffering, it holds many parallels to yoga and meditation.
Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, MBSR is used not only to alleviate chronic issues, but also day-to-day stresses. Described as a moment-to-moment process of non-judgmental awareness, MBSR’s foundational roots are grounded in meditation and everyday mindfulness.
Within the Sivananda Yoga tradition, there are many parallels supporting the effectiveness of meditation, positive thinking, and body awareness in calming the mind, improving health, and reducing suffering. Using the core principles of MBSR and Sivananda Yoga, it is possible for everyone to improve their personal well-being.
Through your own direct experience, you will learn the principles of mindfulness and yoga and feel the benefits for yourself. Gain tools to cope with stress, heal trauma, and relieve anxiety and depression. When you return home, you will have more composure, energy, and enthusiasm for life.
Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change)
Kate Mitcheom MSN, CNM, RYT has been practicing and teaching yoga, mindfulness, and meditation for more than 20 years. She trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and founded the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) at the Fair Haven Community Health Center and is a Senior Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer for Brown Mindfulness Center at Brown University School of Public Health. Kate has taught mindfulness to a wide ranging audience from high school students to executive management teams, and leads Mindfulness-based Travel to locations around the world along with silent retreats, workshops, and courses.
Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI, has taught MBSR and adapted mindfulness and yoga practices since 1994 to a wide variety of populations including frail elders and caregivers, college students, persons with HIV, those recently released from incarceration, and health care professionals, as well as courses for the general population. Currently, Lucia is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work as well as a freelance author, speaker and consultant. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers, her book describing her work with elders and caregivers, was published in 2008. Lucia has co-led silent retreats with Kate Mitcheom since 2019.
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