What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

Only available in the USA

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since its inception, MBSR has evolved into a common form of complementary medicine addressing a variety of health problems. The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has provided a number of grants to research the efficacy of the MBSR program in promoting healing (see "Studies" below for information on this research). Completed studies have found that pain-related drug utilization was decreased, and activity levels and feelings of self-esteem increased, for a majority of participants.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction brings together mindfulness meditation and yoga. Although MBSR is a training with potential benefits for all types of participants, historically, students have suffered from a wide range of chronic disorders and diseases. MBSR is an 8-week intensive training in mindfulness meditation, based on ancient healing practices, which meets on a weekly basis. Mindfulness practice is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the unity of mind and body, as well as of the ways the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health. The mind is known to be a factor in stress and stress-related disorders, and meditation has been shown to positively effect a range of autonomic physiological processes, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing overall arousal and emotional reactivity. In addition to mindfulness practices, MBSR uses yoga to help reverse the prevalence of disuse atrophy from our culture's largely sedentary lifestyle, especially for those with pain and chronic illnesses. The program brings meditation and yoga together so that the virtues of both can be experienced simultaneously.

As an experienced yoga teacher and health professional Jessyca completed her 1,5 year MBSR training with Giessener Forum in Germany. The Giessener Forum in Germany is authorized by the Center of Mindfulness in Massachusets to train and certify health professionals in the rigorous MBSR method.

Mindfulness is a lifetime engagement - not to get somewhere else, but to be where and as we actually are in this very moment, whether the experience is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.

Other Resource Links

Center for Mindfulness
A history of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program Studies
Giessener Forum, Germany
MBSR Training & Education Center


In 2019 MBSR classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to about 9:30 p.m., at: 10346 E Morning Star Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona

An orientation session has been scheduled at the same location to provide more information about the class. Registration will be completed at the orientation sessions or you can pre register.

Please call 480-203 2463 or

 with questions about pre registering or simply come to the orientation session.

2019 Spring Classes

April 22 - June 19
Group MBSR class includes mindfulness meditation/mindful yoga an movement/mindfullness in everyday life.


Wednesday April 22, 6:30-7:30


Class 1
Wednesday May 1,  6:30-9:30

Class 2
Wednesday May 08,  6:30-9.30

Class 3
Wednesday May 15,  6:30-9.30

Class 4
Wednesday May 22, 6:30-9.30

Class 5
Wednesday May 22, 6:30-9.30


Class 6
Wednesday June 5, 6:30-9.30

Class 7
Wednesday June 12, 6:30-9.30

All-Day Retreat
Saturday June 14, @ 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Class 8
Wednesday June 19, 6:30-9.30

Course materials include two mindfulness meditation CD's, one mindful hatha yoga CD's, and a workbook.

The cost of the course is on a sliding scale based upon annual income:

  • Less than $20,000 – $195.00
  • $20,000 to $49,999 – $295.00
  • $50,000 to $69,999 – $395.00
  • Greater than $70,000 – $495.00