Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Nidra 

 

Young children live in the present moment. As we age, our present moments become occupied with thoughts about the past and the future. At times, our attention may feel scattered from multi-tasking or we may feel like we are moving through life on auto pilot.

 

Mindfulness practices help us strengthen our natural ability to fully experience the moment at hand.  Through observing and "being with" body sensations, emotions, and thoughts as they arise and unfold, we gain insight into ourselves and increase our sensitivity to the world around us.

 

Research shows that mindfulness calms the nervous system, allowing the body and mind to experience deep levels of relaxation. Practicing mindfulness helps us tap into inner resources of tranquility within ourselves.

In 1979, molecular biologist Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn 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 ("yogic sleep").  Yoga nidra is an ancient eastern meditative tradition of body and breath sensing, guided imagery, and the planting of an intention 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. The US Army Surgeon General endorses iRest as a complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM).  

 

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Leah (Lynn) Golberstein | MA, MFA | Certified iRest® Teacher

Copyright © 2020 Leah Golberstein. All rights reserved.