Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Stop. Take a Breath. Observe. Proceed.

It has been shown that becoming more stress-hardy can lead to better health. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an eight-week course developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 40 years ago. MBSR integrates mindfulness meditation (moment-to-moment, nonjudgmental awareness) with a profound level of inquiry into its relevance to daily life. MBSR training can bring changes in physical and psychological symptoms, greater energy, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope with pain and stress. The course includes gentle yoga, group dialogue, and daily practice support materials to help deal with stress, chronic illness, or pain. The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is proud to have been offering this gold standard of Mindfulness Based Interventions since 2005, one of the first institutions in NYC to do so.

Our MBSR teacher, Elaine Retholtz, has been certified as an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer by the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. Elaine is on the Teacher's Council of the New York Insight Meditation Center, She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program. In addition to her teaching, Elaine works as an acupuncturist in private practice, integrating mindfulness into all of her encounters with clients.

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