• MBSR Registration

    • Many people report that the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program has a transformative effect on their lives. Anything with that potential for change requires commitment. There are types of commitment that this program requests of participants. The first is that you not miss more than two (2) of the scheduled classes. The second is that you commit to practicing these methods most days of the week, between 20 and 60 minutes each day. Given your obligations during the two months of the course, are these commitments workable for you?
    • We will use various practices to cultivate mindfulness during the course. These include sitting meditation, body scan meditation, gentle hatha yoga, loving kindness meditation, and walking meditation. You will be given digital recordings of these methods to guide your home practice.
    • The class structure will be a balance of practicing the various methods of mindfulness, group discussions concerning the application of mindfulness, and education regarding the relationships between mindfulness, stress and health. There will be between 10 and 20 students per class with ages ranging from 18 to 80+. There will be a mix of motivating factors that bring students to the class. This can include psychological challenges (e.g., anxiety and depression), medical challenges (e.g., chronic pain, heart disease), work or relationship challenges, as well as participants who want to enhance their coping abilities with a wide variety of stressors.
    • Classes at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute will be held at the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center 1015 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210.
    • As there is a group dynamic that is a significant component of the learning, we ask that you honor confidentiality. If conversations that occur in the group are shared outside of the group, please do not identify people by name.
    • Please describe a little about why this program is compelling to you at this time in your life, including any particular stressors and/or health challenges you are working with at present.
    • Please list any physical and/or health challenges that would be important considerations for the yoga practice (e.g., chronic pain, osteoporosis, heart disease, hypertension, spinal issues, balance issues, recent surgery, chemo ports, lymphadema, etc.)
    • Are you now, or have you ever been treated by a mental health professional? If so, please describe what you were being seen for and the time-frame (e.g., now or in the past, 6 months, 1 year, etc). If you are currently in therapy, please list the name of your therapist.
    • Where did you hear about program?
    • Finally, we are trying to make this program “green” and rather than burning CDs, we will be offering to send mP3 versions of the guided meditations electronically to your computer or smart phone. Please let me know whether this would work for you.
    • Please describe anything else you would like me to know.