MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


Is it for me?

Stress is a natural part of life, but sometimes the way we handle feelings of stress are unhelpful and lead us into further difficulty.  The eight-week MBSR course is a jargon-free mind/body approach suitable for anyone looking to develop healthier responses to stress and become more present. No previous experience of meditation or mindfulness is required or expected, and - in line with our ethos - the course will be taught in a friendly, highly accessible, way, without dogma or religious undertones, and with plenty of consideration around comfortable posture. As well as gentle investigation around personal management of stress, you will learn a full range of mindfulness practices, boosting overall wellbeing and your capacity to feel alive, vital and awake. MBSR can be taken as an intensive introduction to mindfulness training, to those brand new to meditation, or as a follow-up to our popular Mindfulness Foundation course, for those with some previous experience. 

Why take MBSR with us?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is one of the two internationally taught eight-week mindfulness courses, with a strong scientific evidence base. It provides students with powerful life skills and techniques to manage stress, boost wellbeing and increase awareness. YATM co-founder Lucia will teach this course. 

Woman in Sivasana
Our MBSR courses are strictly limited to ten people, and take place at a quiet, fully equipped meditation and yoga space, allowing for a nurturing, supportive and personal environment.

Over the eight weeks, and integral half-day retreat, we learn the core mindfulness practices, including gentle mindful movement, to lower stress, increase awareness and cultivate resilience.

No previous experience of meditation is required, and you do not have to be a certain type of person to benefit.

All that's required is an openness to the process and to be in a position to commit to most of the eight sessions (plus half-day retreat) and home practice: around 30 minutes' daily meditation practice. Please read the 'suitability' information box on the right-hand side for further pointers as to whether this course is for you.

The core skills learnt on MBSR are as follows:

  • Clearer understanding of stress triggers, our habitual responses and how to manage stress
  • Increased self-awareness of mind and body; awareness of managing thoughts and understanding the link between thoughts and emotions
  • Increased self-compassion and better understanding of how to take care of yourself
  • Tools to start and maintain a regular meditation practice, and all the benefits this brings
  • Side-benefits of the mindful movement may include an increase in strength and flexibility

How does MBSR differ from MBCT or our Foundation course?

MBSR is for anyone struggling with stress or seeking a general, intensive grounding in mindfulness. Whilst MBCT is geared towards those with a history of depression and/or anxiety, the application of MBSR is more general.

There is more Mindful Movement in MBSR, but more work around thought-patterns (and how we are in relationship wtih our thinking) in MBCT. The two courses are taught by different teachers - Abi, who teaches our MBCT, hails from a clinical background as a psychologist. Lucia, who takes our MBSR, hails from a yoga and mindfulness background.

Otherwise, the content is very similar, and the intention is the same: increased self-awareness and wellbeing, gained from commitment to intensive mindfulness training.

Our Mindfulness Foundation courses are a far lighter, less intensive introduction to mindfulness, with a cheaper price tag to boot. They take place on Thursday evenings.

Please note: mindfulness training is not suitable for those who are currently clinically depressed or suffering from high levels of anxiety. 

Fast facts

Next intake:

April 18 - June 13, 2020 (no class May 23)
Half day silent retreat on Sunday May 31, 10am-1pm

Eight Saturdays, 11am - 1pm. Plus: integral silent half-day 

Important notes, cost & booking

Please be sure to have thoroughly read this page, and the requirements around home practice, before booking. 

Also please note: MBSR is not suitable if you are currently experiencing moderate or severe anxiety or depression. 

Standard price: £297.

A 10% discount, bringing the cost to £265.50, applies to previous Mindfulness Foundation students and current YATM members / students - please contact us. 

If you would like to book, please ensure you have read this info page thoroughly. Payment is then online - see below link, or by instalments: there is also the option of paying a 50% non-refundable deposit, with the balanced paid by monthly instalments. 

Price includes:
- eight two-hour sessions
- a half-day retreat
- comprehensive weekly handouts
- specially recorded audio recordings for home meditations

Your teacher

Lucia, YATM's co-founder, teaches our MBSR courses. Lucia has been meditating for 15 years and teaching for 12. She has been privileged to study with some of the world's renowned meditation teachers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh and Christina Feldman. She has undergone rigorous postgraduate mindfulness teacher training with Bangor University (to Teaching 1), taken over two years.