You may view the class waiver here, which will be distributed, signed, and collected on the first day of class. Please review this note from Dr. Lin BEFORE registering to ensure that this class will be a proper fit for your needs.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. to reduce stress and increase well-being. It is flourishing worldwide. This 8 –week course combines contemplative practices based in Eastern philosophy, western psychology, and cutting-edge neuroscience. Attitudes of kindness, acceptance and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation and self-exploration. A greater sense of balance, choice and freedom is cultivated.
Benefits of MBSR: Participants have remarked, “Mindfulness has changed how I live and see the world, how I interact with others”. This course contributes to:
1. Reduced stress and chronic pain
2. Improved mood
3. Overcoming sleep problems
4. Decreased anxiety
5. Increased immunity
6. Enhanced resilience, joy, and compassion
7. Healthy aging
In this 8-week experiential course consisting of weekly classes, and home practices, participants will learn exercises to:
1. Increase awareness of body sensations (body scan)
2. Mindful movement and stretching (yoga)
3. Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences
4. Awareness of thoughts and emotions
5. Increase compassion for ourselves and others
6. Latest research on mind-body response to stress and change
7. Practices to cultivate mindfulness throughout the day, living each moment to its fullest
Schedule: 8-week course from 6:00 - 8:30pm (except for class 1, which will end at 9pm)
Wednesday section: Sept 23 (6-9pm), Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18
Thursday section: Sept 24 (6-9pm), Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19
Retreat on Sun Nov 8, 9-3 pm (both sections)
About the Instructor
The course will be taught by Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Dr. Lin is a family medicine physician, clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin is well-known for scientific studies on improving mental and behavioral health for patients in general medical settings. Elizabeth has trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts as well as other leading professors and teachers in this field. She has had a daily meditation practice for more than 20 years, and has taught MBSR for the last 4 years. Dr. Lin received her certification in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
"Dr. Lin is a wonderful, caring, respectful and well-prepared instructor and did a fantastic job teaching this class. I particularly appreciated her taking time to answer questions in a thoughtful way. This, along with the content of what she said, was most enlightening for me, because I have begun to pause and take more time in my own communications with other people."
"Elizabeth is a welcoming and receptive instructor and communicated her own enthusiasm for a mindfulness approach to life in general. I liked how she used her own experience as a student of mindfulness over many years."
"Elizabeth is wonderful. She walks the talk which is just as important as being the excellent MBSR instructor that she is."
"Elizabeth is very thoughtful, non-judgmental, humble, and caring."