29 W. Jasper Street, Media, PA 19063

Sarva Yoga of Media

29 W. Jasper Street, Media, PA 19063


What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

MBSR is an eight-week program with an all-day intensive that offers tools and practices that can be useful in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. The program was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979, and its efficacy is supported by decades of scientific research.

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a particular way to what is happening in the present moment, as well as to our reactions to what is happening in the present moment. While the stressors of daily life affect all of us in some way, our reactions to life's stressors can affect the ways that each of us experiences them.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction can help you to develop critical life-long stress management skills that have proven to reduce stress, improve health, and increase quality of life. Worldwide, more than 24,000 people have completed the MBSR program.

Studies(1) have shown that MBSR can help with:

  • emotional stress
  • physical stress
  • chronic illness and pain
  • migraine headaches
  • cancer treatment
  • cardiac issues
  • weight issues
  • neurologic issues

(1)MBSR studies: http://bit.ly/mbsr-studies

MBSR at Sarva Yoga of Media

The MBSR program at Sarva Yoga of Media is modeled after the MBSR program at the Jefferson Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness, and the MBSR program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It includes eight (2.5 hour) weekly sessions and an all-day (7 hour) intensive between the sixth and seventh weekly sessions. Some sessions include mindful movement (gentle yoga in sessions 3 and 4, and in the all-day retreat), where a yoga mat will be helpful if you have one. There is a daily home practice that is key to realizing the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


Jack Dixon, ERYT-200, completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teaching Practicum with Dr. Diane Reibel at Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine (JMBCIM), and interned with Dr. Aleeze Moss, also with JMBCIM. He studied Classical Yoga and meditation with Dr. Bob Butera at YogaLife Institute in Devon, PA (now in Wayne, PA).

Program Schedule

The MBSR program is generally scheduled three or four times a year (spring, summer, fall, and winter) at our studio on West Jasper Street in Media. The sessions are usually held Sundays from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, and the all-day is held the Saturday before the 7th Sunday session. Schedules may vary. When scheduled, the program will appear on our Workshops page with a button to register and pay for the program.


Program tuition is $495, with an early registration discount of $70 if registered and paid before the established early registration date. Tuition must be paid in full (or a payment plan established) prior to program start. Tuition is refundable in full until three days prior to program start; 50% refund if canceled within 72 hours of program start. There are no refunds once the program has begun. Scholarships are available on a per case basis; contact us for information on scholarships.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
— Viktor Frankl

National Institutes of Health Study
on the Effectiveness of MBSR

Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2018 Feb;30(1):52-60.
Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction in a community sample over 2 years.
Madson L1, Klug B, Madson L, Stimatze T, Eness-Potter K, MacDonald J.
Author information: Department of Psychology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003 USA. E-MAIL: lmadson@nmsu.edu.

Although numerous studies have demonstrated that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) improves clinical and nonclinical outcomes, few studies have followed MBSR participants for >12 months, and few have analyzed post-intervention home practice.

We followed a community sample of 247 self-referred adults for 2 years after completion of an 8-week MBSR program. Dependent variables, including self-reported anxiety, depression, perceived wellness, mindfulness, and duration and frequency of continued home practice, were measured before and after the program and every 6 months after.

Participants reported significantly improved symptoms of depression and anxiety, increased perceived wellness, and increased mindfulness after the 8-week intervention compared with preintervention reports. These improvements persisted for 2 years. Correlations between post-intervention home practice and mindfulness indicated that individuals who continued to practice developed greater mindfulness, which was associated with improved mental health and wellness.

Participants who completed the MBSR program reported significant improvements in anxiety, depression, perceived wellness, and mindfulness during the program.
PMID: 29373618