Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
with Jon Aaron
Required Free Orientation: Wednesday, April 3th, 2019 | Noon-2:00pm
8 Week Course: Wednesdays, April 10th – June 5th, 2019 | noon-2:30pm
Daylong Session: Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 9:30am – 5:00pm
$450 or pay $600 and help scholarship a student in need of support
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, 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. 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.
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
Jon Aaron, a long-time resident of Harlem, teaches at New York Insight Meditation Center, the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan. He trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is a certified teacher and a certified teacher trainer, through the CFM. He has taught over 70 cycles of the seminal Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction curriculum, as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He also co-leads retreats under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. He was certified as a Breathworks instructor in January of 2017. 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. and certified as a Somatic Experience Practitioner™.
He also works with business executives, and offers mindfulness training in large and small corporations.
He is a co-founder of the New York Mindfulness Meditation Teachers Collaborative which provides peer mentoring support to over 45 mindfulness teachers in the New York Area.