Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

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Online: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
with Tushar D. Bhagat

Course: Saturdays, April 17th – June 19th, 2021 | 9:30am – 12:00pm ET
Daylong: Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:30pm ET
Please note: The course will not meet on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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, mindful yoga, inquiry, and discussion as a way of exploring the habits of the mind to discover how these patterns of reactivity become a major cause of stress and where we could intervene to change them. MBSR helps participants learn to alter their relationship with each moment of their lives and through it derive more joy, fulfilment, and meaning from their lives. Class size ranges from 25 – 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 for students to feel connected and be inspired. Participants are supported by recorded guided meditations and are expected to practice 30-45 minutes of daily formal meditation as well as various informal, integrative practices.

Benefits of MBSR:
Research over the past 41 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 regulate emotions, 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, xenophobia, and gender inequity among many other challenges

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.

If you need financial assistance, we have a limited amount of partial scholarships available. Email registration@nyimc.org for more info.

Participants may register after the orientation for this class but must still view a recorded orientation, complete the pre-class questionnaire and arrange a pre-class interview with the teacher. Once you have registered, the teacher will contact you to make these arrangements.

Course Sessions:
Saturdays, April 17th – June 19th, 2021 | 9:30am – 12:00pm ET

Daylong Session:
Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm ET

Course Registration:

Your registration for the course includes your RSVP to the orientation.
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Orientation Registration:


Tushar D. Bhagat

Growing up in a household with a strong yoga and mindfulness practice for over 30 years, Dr. Bhagat received early yoga and meditation training from his parents. He began formal training in meditation during middle school while attending and serving 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreats near Mumbai, India during high school. Over the past several years Dr. Bhagat has been practicing with and facilitating multiple meditation groups in the Zen-Thich Nhat Hanh tradition around the New York City area. He is formally trained as a mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher through University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Brown University.

An accomplished Biomedical scientist and a commended medical school faculty by day, Dr. Bhagat teaches MBSR and other stress reduction programs at his Medical School and Cancer Research Institute to Cancer patients, Graduate and Medical Students, Medical Residents and Fellows, in addition to Medical Doctors, Therapists, Scientists and staff in his academic institution. Aside from doing translational cancer research, he is pursuing research on mindfulness-based well-being programs for professionals.

Dr. Bhagat firmly believes in the potential of science based mindfulness practices in reducing stress and increasing well-being. He embodies a deep commitment towards teaching mindfulness to open, willing participants and helping them integrate, apply practical skills in their regular life to create conditions for a happier, content and meaningful life.

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