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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches meditation and gentle yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is taught at locations worldwide, including Stanford and Duke.

MBSR was created on the foundation of the ancient practice of mindfulness, which encourages being fully present in our lives with greater peace and ease. People take an MBSR course for reasons that include stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, GI distress, chronic illness, fatigue, heart disease, insomnia, or grief/loss. The class is a compliment to, not a substitute for, medical and psychological treatment.

Research indicates that people who participate in an MBSR course report an increased capacity to relax, increased self-esteem, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations, reduced pain levels and/or improved ability to cope with pain that may not go away. For links to articles and research abstracts related to the efficacy of MBSR, click here.


The program includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, the body scan, gentle mindful yoga, group discussions to enhance mindful awareness in everyday life,  home assignments, and downloadable digital audio files of guided meditations and mindful yoga sequences.

Typical reasons that people take an MBSR course:

  • Daily life stress
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure and heart conditions
  • GI distress
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Environmental Illness
  • Chronic Illness
  • Insomnia
  • Grief and loss
  • Attention difficulties
  • Type A Behavior

Contact Jen to schedule individual MBSR training sessions or a group session at your location or to find out more information about MBSR. 

Jen offers MBSR classes and Mindfulness for Stress Reduction 3-day retreats in Raleigh and Wilmington, NC.  She also offers Individual Mindfulness Training sessions in person and by phone/Skype. Sign up for Jen’s email list (blue box to the right) or keep an eye on the schedule page for upcoming training dates. 

QUESTIONS? Drop Jen an email or give her a call. 

MBSR Registration Form