What is it? A mix of yoga and and mindful meditation. Using ancient healing practices is the central idea of MBSR.
The key to this practice is a greater awareness of the body and mind. MBSR is essentially a physiological connection. A greater awareness to unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviors, that effect emotional health and beyond.
The benefits are not only mental but physical. The martial arts factor has a bit to to with that.
Ultimately, cognitive therapy allows the subject to link negative, depressive feelings, anxiety, even being overwhelmed.
There are a huge variety of reasons people look to MSBR. However, it isn't a one-time deal. Learning how to practice mindfulness is a long-term commitment.
MBSR emerged from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. There has been much invested into this program, which has been successful.