The impact of chronic stress is one of the strongest factors in determining a person’s overall health and well-being. A growing body of scientific research suggests that mindfulness-based programs significantly benefit a wide range of participants, including those suffering with chronic pain and illness, anxiety, and depression. Among healthy or otherwise undiagnosed individuals who want to develop better coping strategies and improve their quality of life, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) participants report enhancements in a variety of ways, including greater focus, joy, and balance.
MBSR is an experiential learning program, intended to engage the mind and the body. Developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR teaches participants to recognize and address stressors by using a variety of meditation and yoga techniques. The program has received widespread international acclaim and is offered at leading integrative medical centers around the world. However, affordable MBSR courses offered to the community by qualified instructors have been limited in Miami.
An an eight-week MBSR program will be offered at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center by Debra Annane, M.A., R.Y.T., on Saturdays from January 10 through February 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 5, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Annane, stress management researcher and group facilitator at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, trained in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. She has been a mindfulness and yoga practitioner since 1987. Her warmth and knowledge of stress management at the leading edge of public health research come together in a practical, effective, and comforting blend of self-healing techniques that she expertly imparts to program participants.
“The course and the practices are a walking trail into the garden of your life. It’s about seeing the whole picture—weeds, flowers, bugs, and all,” Annane said. “When we pay attention to the exact and present moment now, just as it is, the next moment becomes a surprise. I enjoy guiding participants to develop a mindfulness practice that helps them be fully present for simple every day joys of life, just as much as for difficult challenges.”
The eight-week program fee is $275 per person and includes all course materials. Full or partial scholarships may be granted to applicants who submit a written statement of need. For more information or to register for the upcoming class, contact Annane at 954-643-5397.