Announcing upcoming courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction:
My Name is Thimo Wittich. I am a Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation and MBSR Teacher (qualified through MBSR Teacher Education at the Mindfulness Center at Brown School of Public Health). Originally from Germany I recently moved with my wife and daughter from New York City to Andes where I am starting to teach MBSR Courses frequently beginning this Fall online and at Streamside Yoga.
MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) is an 8-week evidence based, experiential program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., in 1979 for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. From its beginning MBSR was designed to provide participants with intensive and systematic training in mindfulness meditation and movement practices such as sitting and walking meditation, yoga, and inquiry. In its over 40 years of clinical research MBSR consistently demonstrates positive outcomes associated with increased self-awareness and emotional and attentional regulation with significant reductions in symptoms for various physical and behavioral health conditions towards stress response. Originally developed for patients in chronic pain, undergoing intensive treatments for cancer, AIDS and other serious illness, MBSR has since expanded and been incorporated into the daily lives of ten of thousands of people whether they are dealing with the serious stress of illness or simply the day to day stress which at the time we live in seems like it can be too much to handle. Research over the past 32 years indicates that a majority of the people who complete this program report a greater ability to cope more effectively with short and long term stressful situations; an increased ability to relax, lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms; reduction in pain levels and enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain and most importantly a greater energy and enthusiasm for life. Some of the skills people learn in MBSR courses:
Practical coping skills to improve your ability to handle stressful situations
Methods for being physically and mentally relaxed and at ease
Gentle full body conditioning exercises to strengthen your body and release muscular tension
To become increasingly aware of the interplay of mind and body in health and illness
To face change and difficult times in your life with greater ease
I truly believe that MBSR can improve the quality of life for everybody from students, teachers, to partners, parents or caregivers and especially in times of multiple crises it can be of great help to strengthen our resilience and support us to navigate through stressful times.Please feel free to reach out with any questions.