with Debra Annane

Date: 4th Saturday of every month (2016 cancellation dates: April 23, May 28 and June 25)
Time: 10:45am to 12:45pm
Place: Unity on the Bay - Chapel (see Campus Map)
Spiritual Investment: $20 suggested
Pre-Registration: No registration required. Just show up. 

The impact of chronic stress is one of the strongest factors in determining a person’s overall health and well-being. A growing body of scientific research suggests that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs significantly benefit a wide range of participants, from those suffering with chronic pain and illness, to anxiety and depression. Among healthy or otherwise undiagnosed individuals who want to develop better coping strategies and improve their quality of life, MBSR participants report enhancements in variety of ways, including greater focus, joy, and balance. The program has received widespread international acclaim and is increasingly popular in integrative and holistic care settings. 

 MBSR is a clinically tested public health intervention.  It is an experiential, learning program, intended to engage the mind and the body. Developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR teaches participants to recognize and address stressors by using a variety of meditation and yoga techniques. The group sessions to be held at Unity on the Bay are facilitated by an experienced teacher for individuals who recently completed the 8-week MBSR program or wish to learn more about it.  These 2 hour “drop-in” sessions will consist of guided meditations, relaxation, other formal mindfulness practices and group discussion, and are designed to support and encourage continued mindfulness practice.

Debra Annane, MA, MPH, RYT

Debra Annane, MA, MPH, RYT, is currently a Senior Manager of bio-behavioral research at University of Miami. She has extensive experience in yoga and mindfulness-based public health interventions for stress management.  She has studied and trained at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and with several preeminent mindfulness experts within medical, academic and traditional Zen practice settings.  Ms. Annane has also been a hatha yoga practitioner for over 25 years, and attributes her strong grounding in mindfulness practices to her childhood foundation in Unity principles and yoga practice.  Ms. Annane has practiced Zen meditation and mindfulness training for 12 years, at the Southern Palm Zen Center in Boca Raton and the San Francisco Zen Center.  Seeking to find practical and healthful ways to engage spiritual health without dogma and to fully engage with evidence-based healing and mindfulness techniques, Ms. Annane began her training locally as an MBSR teacher in 2010 under the supervision of Gus Castellanos, MD.