What is Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
This MBSR group is an 6-week group program that provides an introduction to a number of mindfulness meditation practices, including sitting meditation and various movement practices (ex. gentle stretching) as a way to manage stress.
The program involves a one-time orientation phone call and weekly 2.5-hour group meetings, one 6-hour weekend retreat and committing to daily 30-45 min home practice sessions for the duration of the course.
This program is led by qualified MBSR instructor(s), who have been certified through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies/ University of Toronto and may be covered by extended health insurance. Direct billing is offered for Green Shield members.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice of attention. It is a particular way of paying attention to what happens in the present moment, with intention and in a non-judgmental way.
What can I expect during the course?
Each class will involve one or two group practices, discussions of the practice as well as discussion of the home practice assignments.
Meditation practices will be guided by the facilitator(s) in class and will involve guided audio/video recordings for the home practice assignments.
What do I need to bring to the sessions?
You may want to bring a water bottle, a yoga mat, a warm scarf and a small cushion. Wear comfortable clothes in which you can easily stretch. Wear layers and be prepared to take off your shoes during the class.
Chairs will be provided.
About the Facilitators
Mihaela Dirlea, MSW, RSW
Qualified MBSR Instructor
Mihaela has begun her journey in Mindfulness Meditation practice at the Ontario Vipassana Centre in 2010. In 2017 she has completed her Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction training at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies / University of Toronto. She has been leading courses, retreats and drop-in sessions at the University of Toronto, Community Care Access Centre Toronto and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre since 2015.
Mihaela spends her day to day working in cancer survivorship research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, currently implementing Mindfulness and Tai chi programs as well as developing peer support networks for cancer survivors.
In her spare time Mihaela enjoys studying, practicing and performing a form of North Indian Classical Dance called Kathak.
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