(*) Registration for this event is closed after January 12, 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.
Thursday, January 12 6:30–9pm
8 Thursdays, 6:30–9pm
January 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9
Saturday, February 18, 9:30am–5pm
Jon Aaron has been a teacher at New York insight since 2006. His principal dharma teacher has been Matthew Flickstein of The Forest Way. He trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is a certified teacher through the CFM. He has taught over 50 cycles of the seminal curriculum as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He is the co-guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center. He is a certified Somatic Experience Practitionertm and has most recently completed the teacher training in Mindfulness for Pain offered by Breathworks in England.