Is​ ​a​ ​Mindfulness-Based​ ​Stress​ ​Reduction Course​ ​Right​ ​for​ ​Me? 

As​ ​you​ ​reflect​ ​on​ ​your​ ​decision​ ​to​ ​enroll​ ​in​ ​a​ ​Mindfulness-Based​ ​Stress​ ​Reduction​ ​course,​ ​we​ ​welcome​ ​your  questions​ ​and​ ​honor​ ​your​ ​sincere​ ​intentions​ ​and​ ​interest.​ ​Still​ ​curious​ ​after​ ​reading​ ​this​ ​post?​ ​Join​ ​us​ ​at​ ​an  upcoming​ ​free​ ​information​ ​session.

Is​ ​MBSR​ ​Right​ ​for​ ​Me? 

The​ ​8-week​ ​Mindfulness-Based​ ​Stress​ ​Reduction​ ​course​ ​is​ ​offered​ ​without​ ​any​ ​specific​ ​prerequisites​ ​for  participation.​ ​You​ ​may​ ​never​ ​have​ ​meditated​ ​before,​ ​you​ ​may​ ​only​ ​have​ ​an​ ​inkling​ ​of​ ​what​ ​the​ ​word​ ​mindfulness  means,​ ​or​ ​you​ ​may​ ​have​ ​had​ ​a​ ​steady​ ​practice​ ​for​ ​some​ ​time.​ ​​ ​MBSR​ ​is​ ​highly​ ​respected​ ​in​ ​the​ ​medical  community,​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​a​ ​growing​ ​body​ ​of​ ​research,​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​complement​ ​to​ ​traditional​ ​medical  and​ ​psychological​ ​treatments.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​some​ ​situations​ ​and​ ​conditions​ ​for​ ​which​ ​MBSR​ ​is​ ​not​ ​appropriate,​ ​so​ ​it  is​ ​possible​ ​we​ ​may​ ​ask​ ​you​ ​to​ ​postpone​ ​your​ ​enrollment,​ ​or​ ​to​ ​consult​ ​with​ ​your​ ​health​ ​provider.

When​ ​you​ ​register​ ​for​ ​the​ ​class,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​you​ ​with​ ​a​ ​questionnaire​ ​and​ ​conduct​ ​an​ ​interview​ ​with​ ​you​ ​to  ensure​ ​that​ ​we​ ​identify​ ​any​ ​possible​ ​contraindications,​ ​and​ ​discuss​ ​if​ ​MBSR​ ​may​ ​​not
​be​ ​right​ ​for​ ​you,​ ​right​ ​now.  Certainly,​ ​everyone’s​ ​situation​ ​is​ ​slightly​ ​different,​ ​so​ ​we​ ​encourage​ ​you​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​to​ ​the​ ​course​ ​teachers​ ​about  your​ ​questions​ ​and​ ​concerns.

What​ ​should​ ​I​ ​expect? 

“Your​ ​intentions​ ​set​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​for​ ​what​ ​is​ ​possible.”  Jon​ ​Kabat-Zinn,​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Mindfulness-based​ ​Stress​ ​Reduction​ ​program

This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​question​ ​we​ ​welcome,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​speaks​ ​directly​ ​to​ ​the​ ​heart​ ​of​ ​this​ ​work,​ ​becoming​ ​truly​ ​connected​ ​to​ ​the  present​ ​moment,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​arises,​ ​and​ ​just​ ​as​ ​it​ ​arises.​ ​The​ ​first​ ​thing​ ​we​ ​will​ ​ask​ ​is​ ​that​ ​you​ ​leave​ ​behind​ ​any  expectations​ ​that​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​practice​ ​that​ ​will​ ​fix,​ ​change,​ ​or​ ​somehow​ ​make​ ​you​ ​a​ ​better​ ​person.​ ​The​ ​course  curriculum​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​educate​ ​and​ ​support​ ​you​ ​as​ ​you​ ​investigate​ ​what​ ​really​ ​matters​ ​to​ ​you.​ ​In​ ​fact,​ ​one​ ​of  the​ ​central​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​the​ ​class​ ​is​ ​that​ ​you​ ​come​ ​prepared​ ​to​ ​open​ ​and​ ​become​ ​even​ ​more​ ​awake​ ​and​ ​alive​ ​to your​ ​experience,​ ​using​ ​the​ ​tools​ ​of​ ​investigation​ ​and​ ​inquiry.

Emphasis​ ​is​ ​placed​ ​on​ ​engagement,​ ​both​ ​us​ ​with​ ​you,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​and​ ​your​ ​active​ ​participation​ ​in​ ​the​ ​program.  What​ ​we​ ​​aspire​ to ​ convey ​ ​through​ ​the​ ​curriculum​ ​and​ ​teaching​ ​guidance,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​growing​ ​openness,  acceptance,​ ​and​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​live​ ​into​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​experiences.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​be​ ​hard​ ​work,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​would​ ​be​ ​amiss​ ​if​ ​we  promised​ ​any​ ​result​ ​or​ ​outcome.​ ​We​ ​trust​ ​in​ ​the​ ​testimonials​ ​of​ ​tens​ ​of​ ​thousands​ ​of​ ​mindfulness-based​ ​stress  reduction​ ​course​ ​participants​ ​worldwide.

We​ ​will​ ​share​ ​the​ ​curriculum​ ​with​ ​you​ ​as​ ​we​ ​would​ ​a​ ​good​ ​friend,​ ​and​ ​promise​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​challenging​ ​and  strongly​ ​supportive​ ​class​ ​experience!​ ​Please​ ​know​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​practicing​ ​right​ ​along​ ​with​ ​you,​ ​whether​ ​in​ ​class  or​ ​in​ ​our​ ​daily​ ​lives.​ ​And​ ​we​ ​regularly​ ​review,​ ​calibrate​ ​on,​ ​and​ ​adhere​ ​to​ ​the​​ ​​MBSR​ ​Standards​ ​of​ ​Practice​​ ​and  MBSR​ ​Teacher​ ​Good​ ​Practice​ ​Guidelines​,​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​we​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​grow​ ​as​ ​teachers,​ ​and​ ​to  preserve​ ​the​ ​authenticity​ ​of​ ​the​ ​curriculum.

What​ ​will​ ​be​ ​expected​ ​of​ ​me? 

Rather​ ​than​ ​expect,​ ​we​ ​acknowledge​ ​the​ ​personal​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​your​ ​own​ ​commitment​ ​and​ ​intention​ ​for​ ​learning  new​ ​mindfulness​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​practices.​ ​We​ ​encourage​ ​you​ ​to​ ​take​ ​some​ ​time​ ​in​ ​a​ ​quiet​ ​space.​ ​Asking:​ ​What​ ​is​ ​my  motivation​ ​for​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​class?​ ​Am​ ​I​ ​able​ ​to​ ​make​ ​space​ ​in​ ​my​ ​life​ ​for​ ​the​ ​commitment​ ​that​ ​this​ ​will​ ​require?​ ​How  might​ ​I​ ​ensure​ ​the​ ​space​ ​over​ ​the​ ​8-week​ ​period?

This​ ​is​ ​something​ ​that​ ​we​ ​hear​ ​from​ ​participants​ ​and​ ​teachers​ ​again​ ​and​ ​again​ ​about​ ​this​ ​practice:​ ​it​ ​evolves,  and​ ​unfolds,​ ​just​ ​as​ ​our​ ​lives​ ​do.​ ​Once​ ​you​ ​have​ ​taken​ ​some​ ​quiet​ ​time​ ​to​ ​consider​ ​your​ ​deepest​ ​intentions,​ ​we  encourage​ ​you​ ​to​ ​show​ ​up!​ ​We​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​guidelines​ ​for​ ​participation​ ​during​ ​the​ ​orientation​ ​session,​ ​including  asking​ ​for​ ​your​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​engagement​ ​with​ ​practice​ ​in​ ​class,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​daily​ ​life.​ ​We​ ​want​ ​you​ ​to​ ​share​ ​with​ ​us  any​ ​challenges​ ​you​ ​may​ ​face​ ​along​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​This​ ​goes​ ​right​ ​into​ ​the​ ​heart​ ​of​ ​practice:​ ​to​ ​meet,​ ​and​ ​through  inquiry,​ ​to​ ​investigate​ ​what​ ​shows​ ​up.​ ​We​ ​find​ ​our​ ​life​ ​is​ ​not​ ​separate​ ​from​ ​our​ ​practice.

Is​ ​it​ ​the​ ​right​ ​time​ ​for​ ​me​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​course? 

Undertaking​ ​the​ ​full​ ​8-week​ ​MBSR​ ​course​ ​is​ ​significant​ ​time​ ​commitment.​ ​It​ ​requires​ ​an​ ​immediate​ ​lifestyle  change.​ ​This​ ​includes​ ​showing​ ​up​ ​for​ ​the​ ​weekly​ ​classes,​ ​an​ ​all-day​ ​silent​ ​retreat,​ ​and​ ​45​ ​minutes​ ​of​ ​daily  practice.​ ​Many​ ​of​ ​us​ ​have​ ​come​ ​to​ ​our​ ​first​ ​MBSR​ ​class​ ​when​ ​our​ ​health​ ​and​ ​wellness​ ​had​ ​already​ ​been  significantly​ ​impacted.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​no​ ​need​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​for​ ​that!​ ​One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​things​ ​we​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​at​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the  course​ ​is​ ​the​ ​stress-reactivity​ ​cycle.​ ​Many​ ​of​ ​us​ ​take​ ​pause​ ​when​ ​we​ ​become​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​the​ ​downfalls​ ​of​ ​being  stuck​ ​in​ ​this​ ​cycle.

The​ ​first​ ​step​ ​of​ ​any​ ​MBSR​ ​course​ ​is​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​an​ ​orientation.​ ​Here​ ​we​ ​review​ ​the​ ​history,​ ​benefits,​ ​risks,​ ​and  sample​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​meditation​ ​guidance.​ ​The​ ​teachers​ ​will​ ​also​ ​conduct​ ​a​ ​one-on-one​ ​interview​ ​with​ ​you.​ ​For​ ​many,  this​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​great​ ​way​ ​to​ ​help​ ​clarify​ ​commitment​ ​and​ ​intentions.​ ​We​ ​come​ ​to​ ​the​ ​course​ ​when​ ​we​ ​are​ ​ready.

We​ ​invite​ ​you​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​course​ ​further,​ ​by​ ​attending​ ​an​ ​orientation​ ​session.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​leave​ ​with​ ​a​ ​firsthand  experience​ ​of​ ​some​ ​mindfulness​ ​practices​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​begin​ ​using​ ​right​ ​away.​ ​​ ​Please​ ​contact​ ​Elizabeth  Perryman​ ​at​ ​(603)​ ​306-1880,​ ​or​ ​UpstreamMindfulness@gmail.com​ ​for​ ​more​ ​information​ ​on​ ​upcoming​ ​orientation  dates​ ​and​ ​times,​ ​or​ ​check​ ​the​ ​Kosha​ ​events​ ​schedule.

Jill​ ​Zastko,

MBSR​ ​Instructor

Kosha Yoga will be offering an 8 week MBSR course in January 2018. The free intro will be Sunday January 7th from 2:45 to 5:15. The course will start January 14th and will end March 4th and will be from 2:45 to 5:15 with an all day retreat on Saturday February 17th from 9-5pm. Cost is $300 before January 7th and $350 thereafter. Click here for more information and to register.  

Kosha Yoga is located in the Woodlawn shopping center, we offer classes on Yoga, Meditaiton, and Ayurveda serving Denver, Littleton, HIghlands Ranch, and Centennial.

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