Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week evidence based, scientifically researched program which was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at The University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Since then it became the gold standard in Mindfulness Based Interventions helping people to build stress resilience, improve focus and concentration and live more vibrant, appreciative and engaged life. Many studies are showing the benefits of the program for better management of chronic pain and illness, anxiety and depression.
During the weekly sessions participants engage in various experiential practices, group discussions and exercises, such as mindful movement and mindful walking. The course is primarily experiential and draws on the combination of the universal contemplative practices from the Buddhist tradition, on one hand, and The Western Medicine and Psychology on the other.
In order to best benefit from the course, apart from the 2.5 hours weekly sessions and the all-day retreat, participants are assigned daily home practices and exercises, which are assisted by MP3 guided recordings of the practices, comprehensive Participant Handbook and Home Practice Sheets.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Coaches
Ralitsa Ivanova is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and a Mindfulness in Schools Project teacher.
Having started her professional life with a Degree in Economics and a corporate job, Ralitsa decided to pursue her life-long interest in human behaviour. Ralitsa’s passion for Mindfulness started when she first came across Mindfulness Based Interventions for treating Anxiety and Depression while studying for her degree in Psychology. Since then Ralitsa trained to become a certified MBSR teacher and as part of her ongoing professional development she regularly attends various Mindfulness retreats and Mindfulness teacher trainings. Ralitsa’s confidence in the benefits of mindfulness comes mainly from her own meditation practice. The biggest “Thank you!” that she can say to her teachers is sharing their wisdom with others.
A mother of two grown up daughters, Ralitsa has an authentic understanding and compassion for the challenges of being a parent and juggling with pressures and demands of everyday life. Having lived in different parts of the world, Ralitsa has also experienced the power of acceptance, open-mindedness and letting go, which has helped her develop awareness not only of cultural differences, but also in what unites us as human beings.