Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

with Jon Aaron

Required Free Orientation: Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 6:30-9:00pm
8 Week Course: Thursdays, June 20th – August 15th | 6:30-9:00pm
(Class does not meet on Thursday, July 4th)
Daylong Session: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 9:30am – 5:00pm

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the ground-breaking and time-tested, scientifically researched program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This transformative course is suited for those coming to meditation for the first time or for experienced meditators who realize they have not yet integrated these practices fully into their lives.

What To Expect:
MBSR uses meditation, yoga, and inquiry as a way of training people to relate differently to stresses in their lives and in fact, relate differently to each moment of their lives. Each class includes various “formal” meditation practices, mindful movement and discussion/inquiry exploring the habits of the mind to discover how these patterns of reactivity become a major cause of stress. Class size ranges from 15 – 30 participants. The course is experiential: by paying attention to what arises in daily and class practice, and through exploring the challenges that arise and how these are met, a supportive and safe container is created. Participants are supported by recorded guided meditations and are expected to practice 30-45 minutes of formal meditation daily as well as various informal practices.

Benefits of MBSR:
Research over the past 38 years indicates that a majority of people who complete this program report a greater ability to cope more effectively with short and long term stressful situations; an increased ability to relax, lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms; reduction in pain levels and enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain and most importantly a greater energy and enthusiasm for life.

Some of the Skills People Learn in MBSR Courses:

  • Practical coping skills to improve the ability to handle stressful situations
  • Methods for being physically and mentally relaxed and at ease
  • Gentle full body conditioning exercises to strengthen the body and release muscular tension
  • The ability to be increasingly aware of the interplay of mind and body in health and illness
  • The ability to face change and difficult times in your life with greater ease
  • Greater ability to decrease the physical, mental and emotional effects of the societal stressors of sexism, racism, homophobia

Sliding Scale Course Fee: Sustaining $600 – Base $450
Please choose your rate mindfully and be as generous as possible so that NYI can continue to offer financial assistance to those in need for other NYI offerings. It is important when considering this class to make sure your schedule allows you to attend all 8 sessions, though if a class is missed there are usually concurrent classes which allow for make-up sessions.

All MBSR partial financial assistance has been given for this course at this time. Please email registration@nyimc.org if you want to be added to the waiting list for financial assistance.

Orientation Session:
Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 6:30-9:00pm
Orientation Location: NYIMC 28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor
Please note that attendance is required at the orientation session. If this is not possible, you must arrange to speak with the instructor before the first class.

Evening Sessions:
8 Thursdays, June 20th – August 15th | 6:30-9:00pm
Course Location: NYIMC 28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor
Please Note: Class will not meet on Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Daylong Session:
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 9:30am – 5:00pm
Daylong Location: NYIMC 28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor

Course Registration:

Scroll further below to RSVP for the free orientation.

Orientation Registration:


Jon Aaron


Jon has been a teacher at NYI since 2006.  His principal dharma teachers have been Matthew Flickstein of The Forest Way and Kittisaro and Thanissara of The Sacred Mountain Sangha. He is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher and Teacher Trainer and has taught over 100 cycles of the seminal curriculum.  He leads retreats in the US and in Europe.  He is the co-guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center.  He is a certified Somatic Experience Practitioner® and an Accredited teacher of Mindfulness for Heath from Breathworks in the UK.  Jon is a co-founder of the MBSR Teachers Collaborative of Greater New York, and a founding member of the Global Mindfulness Collaborative.  Recently with his partner Upayadhi, he established  Space2Meditate.com, an online community for meditators which started in the context of the pandemic and has been thriving ever since.  JonAaron.net

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