Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program

What is MBSR?

MBSR was created in the late 1970’s by John Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction is an evidence-based psycho-educational group intervention that can be used to improve our health and well-being while faced with stress, pain, and illness.

This eight-week MBSR training is designed to teach participants how to apply mindfulness in their everyday lives and to the range of challenges arising from medical and psychological conditions and life stresses.

MBSR includes intensive training in mindful meditation, mindful movement based on yoga, educational components of stress physiology, constructive responding to stressful situations, and bringing awareness to many areas of life, including communication, relationships, and making healthy choices.


Who should attend?

MBSR has been found to be helpful for people working with a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Medical conditions such as chronic pain, cancer, heart disease, hypertension, and many others
  • Psychological conditions including anxiety, depression, sleep disorders
  • Stress related to relationships, career, school, finances
  • Healthcare providers, educators, first responder, corporate

What will participants learn?

  • Experiential learning of formal and informal practices to bring mindfulness into everyday life. Examples include guided body scan, several mindfulness meditations, yoga, mindful walking, and group dialogue and discussions. The informal practice involves bringing mindfulness to daily activities, stressful events, and more.
  • Ways to cope more effectively with health issues, disturbing events, pain, and the challenges of everyday life.
  • Themes to be explored include the physiology of stress, perception, stress reactivity and responding, communication, self-care.

Benefits of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Training

  • Increased energy and a sense of well-being
  • Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, lower blood pressure, improved memory (evidence-based)
  • Improved concentration, self-awareness, and ability to manage pain and distressing emotions
  • Increased ability to be fully present and alive in this moment
  • Self-care and compassion

Click here to join one of our Stress-Reduction programs

Our classes are designed to be highly supportive of each participant. This MBSR course is offered by Charmaine van Niekerk, founder of Life’s a Gift, Mindfulness Teacher, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner A.H.P., certified yoga teacher ERYT.

For more information

For questions about the content of the program or whether it may be appropriate for you at this time, you are invited to attend one of the free introduction/ orientation sessions; or email us at hello[at]lifesagift[dot]me


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