Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction The MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality

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  • Copyright: 2017-03-14
  • Publisher: New World Library

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The originator of the much studied — and much proven — eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, Jon Kabat-Zinn, outlined a simple yet powerful approach to help anyone coping with the stress of a variety of psychological and physiological challenges. The authors, two of the leading MBSR teacher trainers in Europe, are ground readers in the practices that have been studied and proven effective. These include mindfulness meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, Yoga, and Body-Scan. The authors provide step-by-step instructions, as well as illustrative real-life examples. Readers considering a course in MBSR will find information and inspiration while practitioners will gain a valuable tool for their teaching. Anyone experiencing or treating chronic challenges of mind, body, or spirit will find practical, motivational help here.

Author Biography

Linda Lehrhaupt, Ph.D. is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) and one of Europe’s best-known MBSR teachers. With more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and supervisor in mindfulness-based approaches, she has a rich background in its integration in education, healthcare, and personal development. She has been certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and also holds a degree in Education and advanced degrees in Performance Studies. She is a founding member of the German National MBSR-MBCT Teachers Association.

She began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 1993 and has been training MBSR teachers since the founding of the IMA in 2001. More than 900 people have completed the IMA’s MBSR teacher-training programs in Germany, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, and Poland. Dr. Lehrhaupt has taught many hundreds of workshops in mindfulness-based approaches, as well as scores of mindfulness and Zen retreats.

A Zen practitioner since 1979, Dr. Lehrhaupt has received full ordination as a Zen priest and teacher in the White Plum Lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, one of the oldest and most rigorous Buddhist communities in the United States. She has been leading meditation retreats internationally since 1992 in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Norway, Ireland and Austria. She regularly teaches groups and workshops of from 25 to 100 persons or more.

Dr. Lehrhaupt was born and grew up in New York City and has been living with her family in Germany since 1983. She also spends part of the year in southwest France at La Martinie, a retreat and meditative arts center in the Dordogne, France, which she founded with her husband.

Petra Meibert, Dipl. Psych., is a psychologist and a member of the faculty of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA), where she also works as a teacher and supervisor. One of Germany’s leading experts on MBSR and MBCT and the application of mindfulness in medicine and psychotherapy, she completed her training as an MBSR teacher at the IMA and continued it with courses at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Since 1990 she has been integrating humanistic body-centered psychotherapeutic methods in her work with clients. She began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2003 and shortly thereafter Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). As well as being in all of the IMA’s teacher-training programs as a faculty member, she is director of the IMA’s MBCT teacher-training program, through which almost 200 teachers have qualified. She is also vice president of the board of the German National Association for MBSR and MBCT Teachers.

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