Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

A dear friend of mine, Sue Fisher, is running an 8 week participatory, supportive and structured group program for cultivating resilience and easeful well being. As mindfulness and yoga go hand in hand with one another, it is a great opportunity for those local to Braidwood to attend.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

This is the certified MBSR program as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Who is it for?

* Anyone who feels stuck in cycles of stress, reactivity, and exhaustion.
* Anyone wanting to learn new ways of being with the difficulties and challenges in their lives, whether they be at home, at work, or out in the community.
* Anyone interested in getting to know their own mind and body better, and exploring ways that help calm us and bring in peace of mind, along with more stability, self-regard, clarity and choices.
For people being treated for medical or psychological conditions, the MBSR program is a complement to, not a substitute for, the professional care of their doctor or psychologist.

What does the course entail?

* exploration of patterns of unhelpful thinking, feeling and action and how to transform them
* educational components of stress physiology
* group discussions and individual support
* gentle yoga-based movement and body awareness training
* intensive training in meditative practices

What is involved?

* A weekly 2.5 hour class, Tuesdays 4pm to 6.30, starting 14th August and finishing 2nd October
* A one day retreat, Sunday 23rd September
* Daily home practice of up to 45 minutes.

We know change takes time, and a most important component in learning any skill is practice. MBSR doesn’t offer a quick fix, but in a user-friendly way provides the opportunity for cognitive, emotional, neurological and behavioural changes to get embedded.

Background and Benefits of MBSR

Having found incredible value in his own yoga and meditation practice Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist working at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, developed the program in 1979 in response to helping patients with chronic conditions who were ‘falling through the cracks’ of the health care system.

Since then many thousands of people around the world have completed the program, with 35 years of research demonstrating anecdotal and measureable lasting benefits including:

* a greater capacity to deal with stress
* increased energy, sense of well being and engagement with life
* decreased physical and psychological symptoms, including those relating to depression and anxiety
* reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain
* a stronger immune system
* increased levels of concentration, and creative problem solving. For a summary of research outcomes see: www.bemindful.co.uk & www.umassmed.edu/cfm

Course Facilitator: Sue Fisher

Cost: $450 includes handouts and practise audio links. Discounts available for anyone in financial hardship.

Where: Braidwood Regional Arts Group (back room), 43 Wallace Street, Braidwood.

When: 4-6.30pm. 8 weeks starting 14th August to 2nd October, 2018.

To register, express interest, or find out more, phone Sue on 0428 525541 or email - [email protected]