Mindfulness Goes Mainstream: Opinions and interviews including UMass Center for Mindfulness' Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn; Aetna Insurance CEO Mark Bertollini; clothing designer Eileen Fisher and singer Jewel. Note: This video is a short promo for a $20 DVD that supports PBS. see more on PBS.org.


We offer a variety of programs tailored to the needs of advanced practitioners as well as beginners on the path to learning Mindfulness. Read more below.

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Miami Mindfulness primarily offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and some other Mindfulness-Based Interventions founded on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Both are based on the work pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, scientist, author and world-renowned mindfulness meditation pioneer in 1979 in the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Programs benefit adults, teens and children. These programs improve wellbeing and reduce stress-related physical, psychological and emotional symptoms.

Miami Mindfulness programs include:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This internationally acclaimed 8-week program created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 is a health intervention that teaches mindfulness meditation to participants to help them discover their own resources and possibilities for relating differently to stress from chronic physical and psychological illnesses.

Inner Journey ~ Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (IJ-MBSR) This clinical, user-friendly, adult training program teaches moment-to-moment attention and awareness. It is based primarily on MBSR and includes elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in approaching difficult emotions and repetitive, disturbed thinking. It also emphasizes loving kindness and compassion.

Valerie York-Zimmerman

Miami Mindfulness programs are directed and taught by Valerie York-Zimmerman, one of only a few CFM Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teachers in the State of Florida. Valerie was awarded certification by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is one of the MBSR Mentors for the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) at the CFM at UC San Diego Health System. Valerie was also nominated by the Miami Herald for the 2016 South Florida Visionary Award in Education.

Mindfulness Meditation:

  • Improves the overall quality of life
  • Teaches how to manage and reduce stress
  • Optimizes health and wellbeing
  • Renews energy and vitality
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Cultivates a sense of balance,
    resilience and joy
  • Reduces anxiety and worry
  • Decreases anger and hostility
  • Increases self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Develops compassion
  • Provides clarity of mind
  • Accesses powerful inner resources
    for healing

To learn more about meditation, click here

We tell children:

Mindfulness is paying attention to your life, here and now, with kindness and curiosity.



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  • Congressman Tim Ryan visited an elementary school in Miami, Fla. to learn about Mindfulness practices being offered there.U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (D,Ohio): National Leader for Mental Health, Safe Schools, Mindfulness in Education visited three inner-city public schools last April.
  • Must-see Video: Congressman Ryan with local leadership and school children engaging in Mindfulness-Based practices at Arcola Lakes Elementary in Liberty City, Miami


WLRN Hear Valerie York-Zimmerman and David Lawrence Jr. on WLRN’s Topical Currents.


This segment by Anderson Cooper aired on CBS News "60 Minutes"

anderson cooper on 60 minutes

Above: Anderson Cooper explores mindfulness in a segment on CBS 60 Minutes, including interviews with the 'father of MBSR' Jon Kabat-Zinn. 

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