Mindfulness Meditation & Yoga Nidra
As young children we live in the present moment, but as we age our present moments become increasingly occupied with thoughts about the past and the future. So much so, that at times we may feel scattered from multi-tasking or feel like we are moving through life on autopilot.
Mindfulness practices help us strengthen our natural ability to fully experience and be present with the moment at hand. Through observing and focusing our attention on our breath, body sensations, emotions, and thoughts, we gain insight into ourselves and increase our sensitivity to the world around us.
Research shows that mindfulness calms the nervous system and allows the body and mind to experience deep levels of relaxation. Practicing mindfulness helps us tap into the inner reserves of tranquility that live deep within each of us.
Mind Body Stress Reduction
In 1979, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, now Professor of Medicine Emeritus at University of Massachusetts Medical School, founded the Mind Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic at the University of Massachusetts. MBSR is one of the most respected and scientifically researched forms of mindfulness meditation.
Another form of mindfulness meditation is yoga nidra (Sanskrit for "yogic sleep"). Yoga nidra is an ancient meditative tradition of body and breath sensing, guided imagery, and the planting of a positive intention in the mind and body while one is in a deeply relaxed state.
iRest®, or Integrative Restoration®, is a secular adaptation of yoga nidra that was developed by psychologist and yogic scholar, Dr. Richard Miller. Research has shown iRest to be highly effective in working with trauma sensitive populations and the US Army Surgeon General endorses iRest as a complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM).