FAQs

On Mindfulness 

  • Is mindfulness a religious practice?

    Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist philosophy but the programs we provide are secular – there will be no chants, studying of scripture or Buddhist teachings.
  • I can’t do yoga!

    Mindfulness is a practice that has been adapted to all kinds of environments and people. Proficiency in yoga is not a pre-requisite and we encourage participants to only exert themselves to a comfortable level. Participants with physical impairments will be taught visualization as an alternative to work through the practice.
  • Is there any scientific evidence of the efficacy of mindfulness?

    Numerous studies have been conducted to prove the efficacy of mindfulness in aiding with treatments for illnesses ranging from anxiety to chronic pain. Read about them here.
  • I can’t sit cross legged for extended periods. Can I still practice mindfulness?

    Don’t worry! Our instructors will guide and support you through uncomfortable experiences. Alternatives to sitting will be taught to the relevant participants, but they will be encouraged to continue practicing sitting if possible; stamina increases with practice! 
  • What does mindfulness feel like?

    There isn’t a fixed answer to what it feels like – mindfulness is better understood as a deeper experience of your feelings at a given moment. It is designed to change our understanding of experiences, not the experiences themselves. The only way to know what mindfulness would “feel” like would therefore be to actually practice it!
  • What’s the difference between meditation and mindfulness?

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the internationally acclaimed 8-week MBSR program says that practicing mindfulness is actually a form of meditation. Mindfulness is a type of meditation where one’s focus is centered entirely around one object - Being mindful of one’s breath, for example, is a common form of mindfulness during meditation. Applied together, the wakeful awareness of daily mindfulness and a formal meditation practice can be a powerful stress management tool.

On MBSR

  • Is this a religious course?

    The MSBR course was developed and is taught in a secular framework. It does not involve any chants, scripture or religious practices.
  • Is this a support group?

    MBSR sessions are different from support group meetings. However, vocal participation is encouraged during MBSR sessions, which are designed to be a safe and dynamic learning environment; participants often share the experiences of their practices at home, depending on their comfort levels. Additional support may be necessary if these sessions do not meet the participants’ emotional needs.

  • Are there any risks involved?

    Physically, the primary risk arises from mindful yoga exercises. As such, we encourage participants not to over-exert themselves and respect their own limits during the exercises. Where relevant, participants may be asked to consult with their physician or health-care provider before attempting specific exercises.

    Through the practice of mindfulness, we become more aware of our feelings. As such, feelings of sadness, anger or fear may initially be heightened, especially if the participant has a history of trauma, abuse or addiction.

    Prior to courses, participants will be asked to fill out forms for our instructors to determine if they may be negatively affected by mindfulness practices. The instructors will highlight and discuss any risks to indidual participants in a pre-course screening interview.
  • What happens if I miss a class?

    To reap the maximum benefit from the program, full attendance is highly recommended. Participants are typically allowed to miss up to 3 classes and are provided with workbooks as well as email support to help them catch up at home, if need be.
  • Is there a refund policy?

    If, during orientation or the pre-course interviews, the instructors feel that a participant may not be suited to the MBSR program, a full refund will be given.