MBSR and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) were originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre and have been further developed at the Centres of Mindfulness at Bangor and Oxford Universities.
They consist of an integration of ancient Buddhist meditation practices and philosophy of mindfulness with current psychological and neuro-scientific understanding. The teaching is entirely secular with no religious context and no prior knowledge of Buddhist practices is needed.
The practice of Mindfulness can help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain. It provides an effective way to manage stress, and to handle thoughts, moods and emotions more productively helping to bring harmony and well-being to our lives. Research into MBSR has shown it to be as effective as anti-depressants in halving the risk of recurrent depression and it is recommended as a treatment of choice in the NHS.
New courses at Studio Yoga starting in October, on Fridays beginning October 2, from 11.30-1.00 and Saturdays beginning October 3 from 11.00-12.30. Each course runs for eight weeks. Advance booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited. Cost for either course: £235.