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, from those suffering with chronic pain and illness, to those with anxiety and depression. Among healthy or otherwise undiagnosed individuals who want to develop better coping strategies and improve their quality of life, participants in mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) programs report enhancements in variety of ways, including greater focus, joy, stress reduction, coping, and quality of life.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction is an experiential learning program, intended to engage the mind and the body. Based on the program developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, mindfulness training 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 mindfulness-based courses offered to the community by qualified facilitators have been limited in Miami.
Starting Saturdays, May 2 through June 20, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and including a session on Thursday, June 18, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., an eight-week mindfulness program will be offered at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center by Debra Annane, M.A., M.P.H., R.Y.T. Debra Annane, a stress management researcher and group facilitator at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, trains at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts. She has been a mindfulness meditation and yoga practitioner since 1987. Her warmth, knowledge of stress management and meditation training and 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. 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 more fully present for simple every-day moments, just as much as for challenging times,” Annane said.
The eight-week program fee is $290 per person and includes all course materials. Full or partial scholarship may be granted to applicants who submit a written statement of need. For more information or to register for the upcoming class, call Debra Annane at 954-643-5397.