Welcome to the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course!
We are so delighted that you chose to be part of the course.
This online course page will support you between our in-person sessions. Each week a new page will open up following the in-person class. On that page you will find everything you need to help assist you in the development and deepening of mindfulness practice, especially as the practice relates to stress. Included here will be audio guidance for working with the meditation practices we learn in class, some handouts and an occasional video that may interest you.
What is mindfulness?
The practice of mindfulness helps train and refine the mind and body to become more stable and insightful, thereby increasing optimal functioning. It integrates modern science with the core of the world’s meditative and wisdom traditions.
Mindfulness is a universal tool for cultivating self understanding and healing and is not dependent on any particular belief system or ideology.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
Instructor: Mark A. Dannenfelser, MA, MPS, LPC
More Resources: www.mindfulnesscenteratlanta.com
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is a weekly training course that teaches and encourages the practice of mindfulness meditation and its application to stress reduction, self-reflection and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, cognitive performance, spiritual growth and personal development.
The MBSR program affirms that comprehensive healthcare integrates diverse medical systems, using conventional medicine and complementary therapies. MBSR is not a primary treatment program. It uses mindfulness meditation and therapeutic yoga to help assist the physiological and psychological healing of people impacted by chronic stress, cancer, psychological distress and the everyday challenges of modern life, using evidence-based, integrative, mind-body practices. While mindfulness is not meant to replace medical interventions and therapies, it may enhance them.
The program is modeled on the MBSR program developed at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). The Stress Clinic at UMMS was established in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been a leader in mind-body medicine.
This course provides an in-depth exploration of:
1. The principles and practice of mindfulness meditation
2. The application of mindfulness to challenges of medical and psychological conditions and everyday stressors
3. The integration of mindfulness principles and practice in daily life
Typical Mindfulness Practices Used During the Course
• Body Scan Meditation
• Sitting Meditation
• Walking Meditation
• Mindful Yoga (gentle)
CAUTION: Before doing the yoga, as with any new exercise program, please check with your doctor, especially if you have any medical or orthopedic problems or conditions.
Each participant is asked to make a commitment to home practice between classes. On average, the recommendation is for 45-60 minutes of home practice, 6 days per week.
NOTE: Each mindfulness practice will be explained and guided by the instructor. Recorded guidance to support home practice between sessions can be found here on the online course page. There are many adaptations to the mindfulness practices and no participant will be asked to practice inappropriately beyond what is useful and safe for them. In fact, participants are encouraged to attend to their own limits, whether they are physical or emotional and to explore the edge of limitation, sometimes backing away from it, sometimes gently challenging it, but always according to their own safety and comfort level. Comfort, limits and capabilities are often discovered and informed by sustained moment to moment awareness of body and mind, which is the foundation of mindfulness. Participants under a professional’s care for physical and psychological conditions should consult that professional prior to entrance into the program. The mindfulness instructor is happy to consult with your physician or other health care provider(s).