Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction of San Antonio
                                                 VitaLife Insight 



 Thank you for visiting this website and for your interest in Mindfulness and Meditation.

We have two names: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction of San Antonio (MBSR-SA)
and VitaLife Insight. The first name tells what we do and where we are located. The second name tells shares the fact that this training can help you in creating your own vital life...through meditation, insight, self-awareness, and moment-by-moment consciousness.

VitaLife Insight offers one of the few Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)        programs in South Texas. 

Please peruse my website and discover trainings in
 mindfulness based-stress reduction (MBSR), as well as other programs, classes and retreats, offered primarily in and around San Antonio, TX.  Other information is also available, such as defining and refining what mindfulness is and isn't, what others have said about the training, and information on recent uses of mindfulness training within everyday life and in different circumstances.


NAVIGATING: Please navigate through these pages by clicking on the page you are interested in, listed across the top
(home page, class description, a day of mindfulness, mindfulness research, about us, items [for sale], and Valerie Vita - book).

There is a lemur on one of these pages...he changes, see if you can find him and read his message!


“The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.” 

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Originator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

On this page you will find:

-  A Brief Description of Mindfulness and Mindful Meditation
 -  A Brief Description of What We Offer
The NEXT MBSR Class Offering

-  How to Contact Us

  • A List of What Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Can Do For You
  • What others have said about our MBSR Classes

  • NEWS!
  • A Connection to Our Blog
  • A Suggestion for Winter        
  • A Quote
  • NEW Research Results -- check the links!

What is Mindfulness?

To be mindful is to be fully aware in a given place, time, and situation.  To be mindful is to focus on the awareness rather than on the thinking, judging, and interpreting that often accompanies awareness.  To be mindful is ‘to be fully aware, in that one moment of time’. With this basic definition, it is clear that any activity can be accomplished mindfully.  Yet, it is not easy to be mindful.

What is Mindful Meditation?
When learning to be more mindful during everyday activities, it helps to learn in steps.  Mindful meditation is a process by which a person learns to apply their attention to a focus of attention, such as the breath, sounds, sights, and movement.  From these practiced activities, a person learns to expand  awareness and attention to include other activities, such as eating, communicating, and working.  During mindfulness training, participants persistently practice the attitudes of non-judging, patience, trust, ‘beginners mind’, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go.  Although the terms may sound foreign, basically they signal a new way of seeing and interacting with the world around you…in a manner than reduces stress.  Through mindfulness meditation, one can slowly learn to increase concentration, focus, and insight.    

Is it all silent and quiet?
No, it is not all silent, although we have periods of time when we are silent, such as the all day silent retreat. The 8 classes are  interactive. During class, you will be taught an exercise, we will do the exercise, and then we will talk about it. It is a very practical way to learn to meditate...by meditating, discussing, and asking questions!

Is it all Meditation? 
No, we also talk about mindfulness, the concepts behind mindfulness and what this means to our everyday lives. We will explore how the skills we are learning help to empower us and increase our abilities to deal with the  ups and downs within our lives. We examine how to fully ‘be in’ our own lives, so we don’t miss moments while our minds drift here and there. We re-discover through this ‘being’ parts of ourselves that may have become lost in the shuffle of life.

What is so great about ‘being in the moment’?

Being in the moment can give you the ability respond to life and those around you in the way YOU want to, rather than reacting without thinking. It can help you feel more alert, alive, and in control. Research has shown mindfulness can help both the body and the mind (see the list above).

What do we offer?
On the next pages (navigating from the top of the page), you will see that we offer 8-week classes periodically, in San Antonio, Texas. We also conduct 1 hr, 3 hr, and 1 and 2-day workshops
We are offering our first 5-day intensive in the November of 2014!


The five-day MBSR Intensive is being offered in Spring 2015, see details here.

The next MBSR 8-week class will begin in January 2015. Classes are offered when at least 12 individuals enroll. Classes meet one night a week from 6-830 pm, with an all day silent retreat occurring on a the weekend between the 6th and 7th week of class. Please call to reserve space (see number and email under 'cost').

More information can be seen on the CLASS DESCRIPTION page on this website (to navigate between pages, click the page you'd like to view, listed across the top of each page) .

Cost is based on your family income*:
  • Under $25,000: $350
  • From $25,000–50,000: $400
  • Over $50,000: $450
Compare prices (Austin-$500, UMASS-$600)

Please contact us at vitalifeinsight@gmail.com or call 210-391-8000 to sign up for the class.

*Reduced cost offered for military, veterans, and full time students.
How can you contact us?
Email: vitalifeinsight@gmail.com or genergo@gmail.com or call 210-391-8000

What Can Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Do For You?


Research reveals those who complete an MBSR Class gain:

  • Stress Relief
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Reduced symptoms of pain, psoriasis, menopause - among others
  • Improvements in their ability to deal with the daily stress of life
  • Increases in concentration, focus, and memory
  • Reductions in symptoms associated with depression and anxiety
  • Improvements in mood and self esteem
  • Improved emotional regulation
  • Increases in their flexibility in the face of change and challenge
  • Personal insight and growth
  • Increased regional brain gray matter
  • Reductions in symptoms associated with PTSD
  • Reductions in symptoms associated with psoriasis, fibromyalgia,           irritable bowel syndrome, and cancer
  • Teach you meditation techniques

Individuals who want to deepen their understanding of themselves, learn techniques to cope with stress, and live mindfully will benefit from this training.  Living mindfully  means connecting intimately with the people, events, and situations in ones’ life in a way that improves quality of life, enhances the ability to deal with stress, and enables a richer, more meaningful life.

                                                                                            Insight and Self-Reflection


      What others have said about our MBSR classes:

           I have been able to apply your teachings in a variety of paths - mind, body, and spirit. MB
    I am a more peaceful self.  MJ

   This has helped me more than 30 years of counseling, therapy, and medication. MC

   The has enabled me to have a whole different level of communication with my son. LR

           I have moments of joy that 'just happen'. LE

   I notice things that I didn't before...the birds...the sky...and I find myself becoming '          
greener' (taking care of the earth). AP

     I can be with my child now, without constantly worrying about how much time we have left. LS

       I don't have the anger and the rage I had before. I had someone cut me off in traffic the other day and               I just shrugged and turned up the radio. THAT's incredible for me!! HP

I don't want to sound dramatic, but this has been life changing for me. L



Coming Soon

A short insightful book that will bring you face-to-face with the mystical...
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The next 5-Day Intensive Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Training
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The Mindfulness Movie - click here for more information

- mindfulness and mindfulness research, including work being done by the military.

- worldwide neuroscience research focusing on mindfulness

- the public’s increasing awareness and acceptance of the practice

- heartfelt stories of military personnel and teenagers 

using mindfulness to overcome
                                          stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. 


Check out our blog: http://vitalifeinsight.over-blog.com  



 Winter Thought:  How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." - Anne Dillard


– awareness in the present moment –

- insight and self-knowledge -

- yielding a sense of calm and confidence -


A Quote

When we live life with a lack of awareness, the mind and body go on autopilot.  We react to people and situations based on old habits of perceiving, feeling, and behaving. When we live life as a routine, we deal with situations based on past hurts and betrayals. Without thinking, we respond as if those same old experiences were happening again. We go through life thinking about something else instead of living in the present moment. Therefore, life happens to us. We are no longer in charge of what happens. When we begin to practice mindfulness we are constantly re-minding ourselves to see through new eyes.

James Van Praagh

NEW Research

New Research shows that meditation REALLY can change your body on a cellular level! 
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Time Magazine Cover: The Mindful Revolution
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Is Mindfulness helpful during Addiction Therapy?
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Even Police men and women are learning to meditate!
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Vitalife Insight Contact Information: send an email to vitalifeinsight@gmail.com or genergo@gmail.com, or call 210-391-8000.

photo from https  photos of lemurs, caption from Valerie Rice          

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) of San Antonio

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