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223 N. Van Dien Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


Feeling tired and overwhelmed by life? Faced with anxiety and uncertainty? Dealing with the stress of work, family situations or serious medical condition?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a unique meditation technique that will enable you to develop a heightened awareness of your body and your emotions, take charge of your life, and learn to consciously and systemically work with your own stress, pain, illness and the challenges and demands of everyday life.

Valley’s MBSR program is based on the nationally recognized model developed and pioneered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since its inception at the University of Massachusetts in 1980, more than 15,000 participants have found MBSR to be a powerful means for taking charge of their lives and for enabling them to cope more effectively with stressful situations. 

Valley's MBSR program is taught by Jodie Katz, M.D. Dr. Katz is a family physician, certified yoga instructor in Structural Yoga™ and registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Dr. Katz completed the practicum in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts, as well as a training seminar with the founder and director of the program. Dr. Katz also serves as a staff physician at Valley Medical Group’s Waldwick practice. She was named one of (201) Magazine's "17 people to watch in health in 2015."

Dr. Katz has done basic and advanced training in MBSR in the Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Training Program at the Center of Mindfulness in Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Valley's MBSR program is an 8-week program and includes weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as an all-day session on one Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m..  All sessions are held at the Luckow Pavilion. The fee for the program is $600, but may be reduced based on income. Nursing CEUs are available.

To register for the free orientation session, or for more information about the program, please call the Department of Community Health at 201-291-6090.


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