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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction? 
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week evidence-based virtual (online) program that offers mindfulness training to assist you in managing stress, anxiety, depression and pain. 

Who is the instructor?
Leila Nabors, M.Ed., LPC will be the instructor for this program. She is a licensed psychotherapist with over 23 years of experience. Leila studied with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of MBSR, and after six years of training, became the only certified MBSR teacher in the state of Alabama.

How will the program be structured? 
This program will have a pre-course assessment orientation, eight weekly sessions which are 2-2.5 hours in length and one all-day retreat. The program will begin Tuesday, May 11 at 2 p.m. CT. Each session will have a theme and focus on formal and informal practices including yoga, meditation, body scans, mindful eating, speaking and listening, and mindfulness of daily activities. All sessions, including the retreat, will be taught virtually through Zoom. Participants will also be given assignments to work on outside of the sessions.

Who may attend, and how do you sign up? 
The MBSR program, in partnership with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, is open to individuals living with paralysis caused by spinal cord or other injuries and diseases or birth conditions, including but not limited to stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Family members and/or caregivers are also eligible, but priority is given to people with paralysis. If you are interested in learning more about MBSR, contact Susan Robinson at or 205-313-7461. To register, click the registration button below.

Hear from the participants:
“MBSR creates a mindset of calm and peace which allows my mind and body to slow down in order to appreciate the world around us. It is a time that permits me to take time for myself and realize the beauty and blessings that are in me and on this earth. My senses appreciate and are better in tune to all things within and around me. I am grateful for this class and all the positives it has given me through the practices and time I took just for me.” – Aimee Bruder, 6x Paralympic Swimmer