(*) Registration for this event is closed after February 3, 2017. If you’re interested in taking this course in the future please e-mail us.
About the Course
This course is modeled after the renowned program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full Catastrophe Living) in 1979. Fascinated by the positive impacts of mindfulness meditation and yoga on health and well-being, he founded the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where over 20,000 people have since benefited from the 8 week MBSR course.
What is MBSR?
MBSR uses meditation, mindful movement and inquiry as a way of training people to relate differently to stresses in their lives. It was originally developed for patients in chronic pain, and for patients undergoing intensive treatments for cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses, but has since expanded and been incorporated into the daily lives of thousands of people whether they are dealing with the serious stress of illness or simply the day to day pressures and anxieties of modern life.
Research over the past 32 years indicates that a majority of the 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.
What to expect from the course
- Guided instruction in several meditation and mindful movement practices
- Practical skills to improve your ability to handle stressful situations and conversations with greater ease
- Gentle full body conditioning exercises to strengthen your body and release muscular tension
- To become increasingly aware of the interplay of mind and body in health and illness, to improve resilience
This course is comprised of 8 weekly classes of 2-1/2 hours each and an all day class on a weekend day. In addition students are expected to commit to daily ongoing practice of up to one hour a day. This ongoing practice consists of formal mindfulness practices as well as informal practices — remembering to pay attention and be present to particular aspects of one’s life each week.
Please choose your rate mindfully and be as generous as possible so that NYI can continue to offer financial assistance to those in need. Payment plans and limited partial scholarships are available; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for financial assistance.
Attendance is required at the orientation session. If this is not possible, you must arrange to speak with the instructor before the first class.
Friday, February 3, 2017 9:30am–12pm
8 Fridays, 9:30am–12pm
February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Saturday, March 18, 9:30am–5pm
Elaine Retholtz has been studying and practicing the Dharma since 1988. In addition to teaching Dharma at New York Insight, she is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and has a deep interest in helping students integrate mindfulness practice into daily life.
Elaine is committed to deepening her own understanding of issues of diversity and the way racial conditioning in the United States affects all of us — both as individuals and in relationship to the institutions we are a part of, including New York Insight. She’s been involved in New York Insight’s diversity efforts for many years, serving on the diversity committee, and working with others to create spaces – for diverse groups of practitioners as well as for white practitioners meeting separately – to explore these issues within a Dharma frame.
In addition to her teaching, Elaine works as an acupuncturist in private practice, integrating mindfulness into her encounters with clients.