Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

What Is MBSR?
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eightweek program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the UMass Medical Center. It brings a form of meditation known as mindfulness into the medical mainstream. Learn to how to take better care of yourself through the interplay of mind and body – and mobilize your own inner resources for coping, learning, growing and healing. MBSR has established a strong scientific evidence for a variety of conditions including chronic pain, insomnia, hypertension, fatigue, anxious and depressed moods, etc. 

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Flyer (PDF)

Structure of MBSR

  • Duration of group: 8 weeks; Session length: 2-hour weekly sessions
  • Number of group members: 10-12; minimum number to start group: 10
  • Clothing: loose fitting, layered, comfortable clothing which will allow gentle stretching and sitting;water bottle with lid to help stay hydrated
  • Other items to bring (optional): yoga mat and cushion
  • Counterindications: active psychosis, active substance use, cognitive impairment, high suicidality

Course Instructor
Hui Qi Tong, Ph.D.
Director of the Mindfulness Program, Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Tong is a Jon Kabat-Zinn certified MBSR trainer and supervisor. She specializes in Mindfulness-based Interventions, trauma recovery, women’s mental health, and global mental health. She will lead the group through:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness and optimizing coping in everyday life
  • Daily home assignments

This group will be co-facilitated by psychology practicum students from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium 

Event Details

Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon)

To register, please call the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine or have your care provider make a referral 650-498-5566