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MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, offered by Seventh Element, located in RI, Priscilla Szneke.

― Raji Lukkoor

"Respond; don’t react.

Listen; don’t talk.

Think; don’t assume."

MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, offered by Seventh Element, located in RI, directed by Priscilla Szneke

The next MBSR program is offered in the Spring of 2018.

Registration opens in 2018.

MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, offered by Seventh Element, located in RI, directed by Priscilla Szneke

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

MBSR

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MBSR Spring 2018
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
The MBSR program will be offered again at All That Matters in South Kingstown, RI in the spring of 2018. There is a mandatory orientation, eight weeks of classes lasting two and one-half hours each and a Day of Mindfulness. The dates for the program are:

Mandatory Orientation on Thursday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
The eight-week session is on Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
The Day of Mindfulness is scheduled from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. It will be held at the All That Matters Studio in East Greenwich, RI.

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WHAT IS MBSR?

Priscilla Szneke, a Center for Mindfulness Qualified MBSR Teacher, offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Rhode Island. MBSR is a program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 and located at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is an 8-week experiential, educational program that provides effective tools for establishing mindfulness practices that lead to a healthier, more rewarding, and balanced lifestyle.  MBSR uses the concept of mindfulness to reduce stress associated with medical conditions such as chronic pain and heart disease and can be effective for anxiety and depression. The Stress Clinic is now known as the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society.  and is still located at the University of Massachusetts.

Humans are frequently subjected to stresses of their own making based on their perception of the pressures of modern life. We suffer the consequences when the body’s biological mechanisms for handling stress go awry. Prolonged or severe stress has been shown to weaken the immune system, strain the heart, damage memory cells in the brain and deposit fat at the waist rather than the hips and buttocks (a risk factor for heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses).

Stress has been implicated in aging, depression, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, among other illnesses.

– NYT Science “The Heavy Cost of Chronic Stress” Erica Good

“By cultivating mindfulness, people report an increased ability to relax, a greater enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations.”

Priscilla Szneke, Director, Seventh Element, Jamestown, Rhode Island

REASONS TO TAKE THE COURSE

If you suffer from:

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Daily life stress
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • medical illness
  • psoriasis
  • Personal growth and development
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Grief and loss
  • relationship difficulty
  • Type A behavior

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Using present moment awareness, deep relaxation, and gentle movement we observe how we react to life. Using mindfulness we cultivate a sense of well-being, confidence and creativity while developing renewed energy. We can then create space to consciously choose how we will respond to our daily stressors rather than using our habitual patterns to react. This program uses gentle movement, group discussion and specially-designed materials to support you as you go through the program. There is over 25 hours of classroom time included as well as individual instruction.

 

We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living…Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week program, which consists of two-hour sessions each week and one daylong mindfulness class on a weekend. It empowers you to take an active role in your health and wellness. The course is educational, experiential, challenging and highly practical. It includes:

  • over 25 hours of classroom time
  • gentle stretching and mindful yoga,
  • awareness exercises
  • individually tailored instruction
  • group dialogue
  • daily assignments
  • CDs of guided practices
  • a workbook

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Certain principles are important for effective teaching of the MBSR curriculum and for adhering to its professional standards of practice. Priscilla Szneke has been trained by the Center of Mindfulness (CFM) and is a CFM Qualified MBSR Teacher. She also abides by the Good Practice Guidelines established by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations, which can be found here.

MBSR Testimonials

SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Office workers who practiced MBSR for twenty minutes a day reported an average 11% reduction in perceived stress.

University of New Mexico researchers found that participation in a Mindful-ness-Based Stress Reduction course decreased anxiety and binge eating.

Eight weeks of MBSR resulted in an improvement in the immune profiles of people with breast or prostate cancer, which corresponded with de-creased depressive symptoms.

After fifteen weeks of practicing MBSR, counseling students reported improved physical and emotional well-being, and a positive effect on their counseling skills and therapeutic relationships.