About NYI

We Teach What the Buddha Taught


New York Insight is pleased to be offering the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at our center.

Upcoming MBSR Classes:

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 Sunday. 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.