Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

April 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
NYIMC: 28 W 27th St.
10th Fl., New York, NY 10001
(212) 213-4802

New York Insight offers on-going classes in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), 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.

The teaching of MBSR at NY Insight is offered by seasoned MBSR teachers, most of whom are certified by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.  All of our teachers have decades of meditation practice and study and between them have taught well over 200 cycles of this seminal 8-Week curriculum.

In addition, New York Insight is committed to providing support for alumni of MBSR Programs in the form of follow-up courses, access to teachers and sitting groups.

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

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

This class is in 8 weekly 2 ½ hour sessions.  Between classes 5 and 7 there is a full day of practice on a weekend day. 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.

Course Fee & Requirements

  • Sliding scale: Base $450/ Sustaining $600
  • 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 info@nyimc.org for financial assistance.
  • 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.
  • 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 click here to contact Vivian Mac for financial assistance.

Orientation Session:
Tuesday, March 28, 9:30am-12pm
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.

Morning Sessions:
8 Tuesdays, 9:30am-12pm
April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 9, 16, 23, 30

Daylong Session:
Sunday, May 21, 9:30am–5pm

Emily HerzlinEmily Herzlin is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher trained through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She is a Mind-Body Therapist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, a teacher at the Interdependence Project, and founder and lead teacher at Mindful Astoria, a meditation community in her neighborhood in Queens. She teaches mindfulness and meditation courses around New York City, leads meditation sessions in workplaces and universities, and works with private students one-on-one. She is currently participating in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program. She is also a published writer with a particular love for memoir and poetry. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2012.