FREE ONLINE CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS FOR STRESS AND ANXIETY
Taught by Eliza Carlson, 4 week series
What to Expect:
Learn the theory and application of mindfulness skills, focused on easing stress and anxiety. Perhaps now more than ever, we can benefit from combining the ancient practice of meditation with modern techniques from the fields of psychology and neuroscience to cultivate resilience and peace.
Calm your nervous system, change your outlook, reduce overwhelm.
We will focus on acceptance and compassion in the spirit of developing love for self, life, and all beings. Whether a curious beginner or seasoned practitioner, this class creates an opportunity to pause and be held in community as we humbly explore our individual experiences; moment by moment, together.
The live video webcast will be recorded and available for registered participants to review at their leisure within 1-2 days of each class session.
LIVE VIDEO WEBINAR FORMAT
Tuesdays - May 5, 12, 19, 26.
6:00pm - 7:30pm PST
Freely offered as support for those who need it during these turbulent times.
What to Expect:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an acclaimed approach developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn 40 years ago, teaches you how to use meditation, deep relaxation, and gentle movement to cultivate awareness and resilience. MBSR can benefit individuals who:
- Are stressed (from work, family demands, school, aging)
- Are experiencing psychological distress (avoidance, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, grief, uncertainty about the future, difficult emotions)
- Are coping with medical conditions, including pain and chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer.
- Are wondering how to cultivate a wellness practice that promotes disease prevention, increased contentment, and balance.
MBSR is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness: waking up, being fully alive, and being present in the richness of each moment in our lives. Within this awakening, you gain access to your deepest internal resources for living, healing, and coping. Using these techniques and structured practices, you can observe your reactions to life's challenges and recognize that you can cultivate a different, less resistant, way of being.
There is mounting evidence that the benefits of a mindfulness practice run far deeper than merely acquiring a new set of skills. In a 2011 clinical study that included Massachusetts General Hospital, MRI images of brain structures in individuals before and after taking an 8-week MBSR course showed measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress (Hölzel et al. Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 2011; 191 (1)).
The course is challenging and life-affirming as your accomplished and skilled instructor creates a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment. Participants develop the skills to cultivate deeper levels of insight and compassion and to take more responsibility for their health and well-being. Other topics and skills covered in the course include: what it means to be mindful, body scans, sitting and walking meditation, body awareness through movement, the stress response, reducing reactivity, improving interpersonal communication, designing your own ongoing practice.
FREE INTRO/ORIENTATION: Sept. 29, 2020
CLASS SERIES: Oct. 13 - Dec. 1, 2020
Classes held at:
Bastyr Center of Natural Health
located at 3670 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
Course includes a daylong retreat on Nov. 21, 2020 held at:
Bastyr University campus
14500 Juanita Dr. NW
Kenmore, WA 98028
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IF REGISTERED BY FREE INTRO
$395 (early $345) for CEU's
$345 (early $295) for general public
$295 (early $257) for Bastyr or MBSR alumni
$95 (early $82) for full time students
UPCOMING MBSR CLASSES
Registration for each series starts about a month before the class start date, so please check back for active registration links or contact Bastyr University's Continuing Education department for registration, payment details, or continuing education credits for your discipline. Questions about class content can be emailed to Eliza.
Free Intro/Orientation 9/29
Course 10/13 - Dec. 1
MBSR IS CANCELLED
ONLINE 4 WEEK INTRO SERIES
WHAT MAKES THIS PROGRAM DIFFERENT?
Integrates Technology: Teacher’s recordings are available on the popular free “Insight Timer” phone and device app. Listen to Eliza’s guided meditations and create community by sending messages to the class or teacher through our private group on the app.
Scientific Credibility: Developed and brought into the medical mainstream in 1979 by Jon Kabat Zinn. The program has since been validated by thousands of scientific studies showing efficacy in reducing and reversing stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and disease.
Mindful Movement: Gentle movement component in each class such as yoga or qi gong in addition to seated or walking mindfulness meditation practice.
Optional Workbook: Weekly reading and assignment schedule for dedicated participants to deepen their self-study from workbook designed specifically for MBSR--available for purchase.
CEU’s available: The only MBSR program in the region that offers CEU’s (22) for healthcare providers.
Opportunity for Continuity of Care: Upon completion of the program, participants have opportunity to follow up for private psychotherapy care with Eliza Carlson, LMHC, CN or another mindfulness-based therapist at Sound Mindfulness Group.
Free Daylong Retreats: Alumni of MBSR receive lifetime invitation to participate in quarterly daylong silent meditation retreats for ongoing support of practice and community.
Discounts for Future Participation: MBSR alumni who repeat the class get a discounted rate.