In-Person: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

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In-Person: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
with Jon Aaron
At Integral Yoga Institute, Greenwich Village
NYIMC is very excited to begin offering in-person, indoor programs once again this Fall. Please see our safety protocols below.

Course: Wednesdays, September 29th – November 18th, 2021 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Daylong: Saturday, November 6th, 2021 | 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, mindful yoga, and inquiry/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. Classes usually have 25 – 30 participants but may be smaller. 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 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
  • Techniques 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 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 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:
Wednesdays, September 29th – November 17th, 2021 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Daylong Session:
Daylong: Saturday, November 6th, 2021 | 9:30am – 5:00pm

Course Registration:

Your registration for the course includes your RSVP to the orientation.
If you are registering via a mobile devices such as a phone or tablet, you can scroll right and left and up and down within the form if it is partially obscured or cut off. Please contact if you need assistance.

NYI’s Covid Protocol for In-Person Programs:**
All participants must be vaccinated – Proof of vaccination is required.
All participants must register before attending NYInsight all forms of gatherings (sanghas included.)
All participants must wear masks.
All participants will have their temperatures checked upon arrival.
All participants must follow social distancing guidelines (keep 6’ apart.)

**Disclaimer:** Procedures adhere to current CDC guidelines. Changes may be applied at any time, based on CDC guidelines.

For the health and safety of our staff and community, please do not come onsite if you are feeling unwell.

This In-Person program will take place at Integral Yoga Institute, Greenwich Village.
227 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th avenues)

All in-person programs may become online programs if circumstances dictate.

Course 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, an online community for meditators which started in the context of the pandemic and has been thriving ever since.

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