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8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

September 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR is a well researched, secular, intensive 8-week course designed to empower participants through meditative awareness to take an active role in the management of their health and wellness. MBSR teaches the practice of mindfulness through meditation, yoga, and awareness brought into our everyday lives. This course is modeled on the MBSR program pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Currently, there are over 200 medical centers in the United States and Europe that teach MBSR programs, plus many other health-related organizations worldwide.

8 weekly classes –  Monday evenings starting September 11th, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm, except for the first and last class in the series which ends at 8:30pm. One experiential retreat for this course is Saturday October 21st, 2017; 10am-4pm.

Who Will Benefit

Two decades of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete the 8-week program report greater ability to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situations. By learning to actively participate in the management of health and well being, many participants report they are better able to manage stress, fear, anger, anxiety and depression both at home and in the workplace. People taking the MBSR class come from all walks of life, but they share one thing in common: the desire to find more balance, peace and happiness in their lives.

What to Expect

Weekly classes will include lecture, group discussion and experiential learning, with an all-day Saturday session after the 6th week. Participants are asked to practice mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement for 45-60 minutes a day. The 8-week course will include:

  • Guided instruction in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful movement
  • Practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Email and phone support
  • Home practice materials (audio CDs and written handouts)



Janka Livoncova is an Insight Meditation Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist and a trained Somatic Movement Educator. She has been a dedicated student and practitioner of meditation and yoga since 1994 and started sharing her practice with others in 2004. Janka has been practicing and studying the dharma for two decades. First in the Soto Zen tradition and, since 2007, under the guidance of her mentor, DaeJa Napier. She maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends Vipassana retreats with her dharma teachers. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, Janka leads the Chattanooga Insight Group and co-facilitates Awakening Truth’s Interactive Inquiry Calls on Sundays. Janka completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. She has been leading the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and other mindfulness programs at the Center for Mindful Living since they opened in January 2013.

Rod Francis
As well as a diverse career through international performing arts and business, Rod has been teaching for almost 30 years and coaching & mentoring for over a decade. He is currently working alongside leading mind/body expert Dr Mark Atkinson creating and delivering the Bulletproof Coach Training program, and has trained with numerous leaders from the worlds of coaching, personal development and Positive Psychology. Rod has had a meditation practice for approximately three decades and has sat many teacher led retreats in the Insight tradition including several with his guiding teacher Yanai Postelnik. Rod also sat the MBSR in Mind Body Medicine retreat with the program’s founder Jon Kabat-Zinn and is currently formally qualifying as an MBSR teacher with the Umass teacher program.

Please contact Janka at 423-488-5406 or janka@breathingbodyyoga.com if you have any questions, prior to registration, about how this course is structured, the level of work involved, and any other inquiries you may have about what this course entails.

Cost (includes materials)

$350 non-members

$325 members

Cancelation policy:
Full refunds available up to 5 days before the start of the class.

Learn more and register…

Once you have registered, return here to download this information form MBSR application JL .docx and return to MBSR at the Center for Mindful Living by January 3rd. (This information is requested to help Janka tailor the class to participants and will be kept strictly confidential. If you do not wish to write down relevant information, please contact Janka, 423-488-5406)


September 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Janka Livoncova


Center for Mindful Living
400 East Main, Suite 150
Chattanooga, 37408 United States
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