Knoxville, TN, June 27, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The Mindful Center Knoxville launches an 8 week meditation program called: "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Veterans."
MBSR was founded in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic in the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is an intensive 8 week training program in mindfulness meditation exploring the relationship between mind, body, and stress. Each week veterans will learn different forms of mindfulness meditation including breathing, eating, walking, body scan, yoga, and many more. Currently, MBSR is being offered in over 250 medical centers across the USA, including many Veteran Hospitals and clinical centers.
Led by Claudio Barreintos, Director and Lead Instructor at The Mindful Center Knoxville, the aim of this program is to assist with the mental and physical health of Tennessee’s veterans. Barrientos aims to complement the quality of care these veterans are receiving through the practice of mindfulness.
“We have to ask ourselves: What if every veteran in Tennessee dealing with PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain or any other condition could learn the skill of cultivating greater awareness about their mind and body? What if we could train the mind to be calmer, still, balanced, resilient and friendly towards itself?” Barrientos said. “It’s what this eight-week MBSR program is all about.”
The statistics can be staggering. The US Department of Veteran Affair (VA) estimates one in five returning American veterans is diagnosed with PTSD. According to the VA, every 80 minutes a veteran dies from suicide. As of September 2014, there are some 500,000 veterans in the state of Tennessee alone.
“This MBSR program is about sharing the practice of mindfulness meditation with the veteran community in Tennessee, and doing so within a clinically validated teaching model,” Barrientos said. “Stress reduction offers a great entry point for veterans seeking to understand more clearly how they create and amplify their stress through unfamiliar, unskillful and negative habits of the mind.”
The Mindful Center Knoxville will offer the program starting Wednesday, July 15th at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. The are scholarships available to any veteran not able to afford the cost of registration. Barrientos hopes to start a non-profit organization in Knoxville to help sustain the program long-term.
For more information about the program, please visit www.themindfulcenter.com and click on "Knoxville." For more information about The Mindful Center Knoxville and its other programs, contact Barrientos at 865.219.3210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.