“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Welcome to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the only professional clinical mindfulness training program available in the Czech Republic.

The next eight-week MBSR course is on-line (live):

The course starts as soon it is fills up.
Before starting the course, please register for a free on-line orientation session here. The orientation sessions are held on:
The time zone is CET (Prague)

I am a Qualified MBSR Teacher (Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School) and Chairman of the Board of the Czech Center for Mindfulness. I am a psychologist and university teacher, currently studying PhD in psychiatry and neurology and going through the MBCT teacher training under the The University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

I offer the standard eight-week MBSR program following the curriculum by the Center of Mindfulness, or mindfulness workshops for practitioners. I have taught more than fifty full MBSR courses for more than 500 participants. Please email me if you are interested or register now.

More on MBSR here!

Let's practice together every Wednesday and Sunday!

Weekly meditation sessions on Wednesday from 6:30 till 7:30 pm and on Sunday form 7 till 8 pm on Zoom. The sessions are bilingual (if necessary). They are meant for anybody seriously interested in mindfulness (vipassana) and loving kindness (metta) practice. Contribution voluntary (e.g. CZK 100, CZK 50 for students). Write me an email if you want to join. Hope to see you there!

The American Psychological Association (APA) on empirically supported benefits of mindfulness:

  • Reduced rumination.
  • Stress reduction.
  • Increase of positive affect and decrease of anxiety and negative affect. Emotion regulation.
  • Boosts to working memory. 
  • Focus.
  • Less emotional reactivity.
  • More cognitive flexibility. 
  • Relationship satisfaction.
  • Increase of information processing speed
  • Decrease of task effort and having thoughts that are unrelated to the task at hand.
  • Numerous health benefits, including increased immune functioning, improvement to well-being and reduction in psychological distress. 
  • Other benefits, such as fear modulation, all functions associated with the brain's middle prefrontal lobe area.

The MBSR program

Throughout the program you will be consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain and illness - and the challenges and demands of your everyday life.

I will create a safe and supportive environment for this work and learning through:
  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • Daily home assignments
  • Four home practice CDs and a home practice workbook

What is the course schedule and time commitment?

You will attend group classes for 2 ½ hours, once a week for 8 weeks.  Classes are offered in the morning or evening.  You receive 31 hours of direct instruction.

You will also attend one All-Day weekend class in between classes 6 and 7.

What do you have to do?

Attend a pre-program Orientation Session (required and free of charge)
Attend all 8 classes
Attend the All-Day weekend class
Practice daily home assignments for 45-60 minutes each day

How much does it cost?

The price of the standard eight-week MBSR course in English is CZK 7900 on-line or CZK 8900 in person. Individual discounts are neogtiable.

Mindfulness worskshops

Mindfulness worskshops are meant primarily for practitioners and are based on the MBSR curriculum. They last one hour and cost CZK 1 800 for 5 sessions. Please contact me by email or SMS if you are interested.

Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the author of MBSR, on mindfulness:

If you are an English speaker, chances are that not much has to be explained here, as you probably heard and read about mindfulness training, and perhaps even MBSR, long before reading these lines. You may have already tried it yourself. Today, there are many possibilities in the USA and Western Europe to enter on this fine journey of self-development.

Mindfulness not only can bring you better focus, calm, inner balance and improved relationships, it has proven benefits on psychological as well as physical health, ranging from stress reduction, pain relief, reduction of symptoms, hypertension, better healing, to management of emotions, anxiety or depression. The body of research and literature, both popular and scientific, and media coverage of this topic are vast and growing.

My name is Jaroslav Chýle and I offer professional MBSR courses as taught by the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School in English, French or Czech. I also offer individual guidance based on the MBSR curriculum, as well as mindfulness workshops. The classes include various types of meditation, gentle yoga, education and group work. See the FAQs here: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/stress-reduction/faqs/

A qualified MBSR teacher, I have participated in the full teacher training program directed by experienced senior MBSR teachers, including Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli, organized by the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts where MBSR originated in 1979. I am based in Prague, but the courses may be organized also in other places.

I have been training yoga and meditation for many years and currently study and research MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions as a part of my master's degree in psychology. I have many years of experience from working in multinational companies in senior positions. 

You can register for a standard MBSR course taught in English. Please contact me by email if you have any questions, wish to have an MBSR course in your company, receive individual training or to organize a workshop.

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Short summary of scientific research of MBSR

Scientists from Harvard University and the University of Sienna found in a recent study that mindfulness meditation can change the physiology of our brain, resulting in positive changes like a decrease in anxiety and depression.

The science of mindfulness, NY Academy of Sciencies, 6 February 2012

With Florence Meleo-Meyer (left), director of Mindfulness-Based Professional Training and Education Programs at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, after finishing my MBSR teacher training, March 2014