Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness can help you activate your physical, emotional and spiritual resources. These inner resources can help you cope, heal, grow and move more deeply into health and well-being. Research shows that mindfulness practices (sitting- or movement-based) can effectively reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It’s also an effective intervention for chronic pain and illnesses.

The Mindfulness Program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt offers mindfulness-based training to teach you how to calm your body and mind. This training helps transform how you relate with stress, illness and the challenges of everyday life. 

Mindfulness: Why Choose Vanderbilt

At the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, we offer:

  • Expert instructors: Our mindfulness instructors have undergone specialized mindfulness-based instructor training, making them uniquely qualified to care for you.
  • Individual mindfulness-based therapy: We offer personal mindfulness-based therapy designed to meet your specific healthcare needs. This therapy is part of our team approach to provide integrative care. 
  • Unique expertise: We are one of only six Osher Centers for Integrative Medicine in the world. As a part of the Osher Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, our program offers unique and shared strengths in research, education and clinical care.
  • Advanced research: Practitioners at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine study innovative ways to improve whole health mind, body and spirit. We are committed to research that will help patients manage chronic pain and illnesses. Read more about our research.

Mindfulness: Conditions We Treat

Mindfulness-practices can help you heal and cope with many conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue (related to cancer treatments)
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal (IBS)
  • Insomnia
  • Mood disorders
  • Stress
  • Ulcerative colitis

Mindfulness: Classes We Offer

At Osher, our instructors offer several types of mindfulness classes. You can register for a class online or contact us at (615) 343-1554.

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). An evidence-based therapy designed to help you cope with persistent depression, mood disorders or emotional distress. MBCT uses meditation and breathing exercises to break the cycle of negative thoughts that can trigger depression.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). An evidence-based intervention used to increase awareness of your thoughts, body and emotions. MBSR uses meditation and yoga to encourage present-moment awareness, deep relaxation and gentle movement.
  • Mindfulness Monday Drop-In. This 45-minute class is focused on a guided mindfulness sitting practice with optional mindful movement practices. During each session, our mindfulness instructors include time for questions and answers. This free class is open to the public every Monday from 5:45-6:30 p.m. There is no need to reserve your spot in the class – just walk in and join us. We encourage you to check our Osher class website every Monday for possible cancellations due to inclement weather or illness.
  • Mindfulness skills. A training that teaches the fundamental skills of mindfulness for beginners or for people who want to deepen their skills. In this class, you will try a variety of mindfulness practices. You will also discover habits or thoughts that lead to persistent negative and unhealthy life patterns.
  • Daylong silent retreats. We design these retreats to cultivate the sense of moment-to-moment presence and nurture the fundamental qualities of mindfulness. Practices will include seated and walking meditations, guided yoga, loving-kindness meditation and mindful eating. The day concludes by easing out of silence with dyad and group discussion.
  • Professional Development in Mindfulness Facilitation. This training course is designed for those who have experienced the transformation of mindfulness practice in their own lives and wish to teach others. There will be an emphasis on continuing to deepen one’s own practice as we learn to skillfully and compassionately guide others. There will be six full-day meetings and mentoring in small groups once a month through a computer or in-person.

Mindfulness: Patient Resources

Our instructors offer mindfulness resources, including:

Mindfulness: Location

Nashville
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt
3401 West End Ave., Suite 380 (3rd floor)
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 343-1554
Map and directions

Mindfulness: Instructors

Michelle Foote-Pearce, DMin, MSN, M.A., LPC-MHSP, RN
Director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach

Landrew Sevel, Ph.D.
Clinical Health Psychologist

Mindfulness: Helpful Links