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.
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.