Meditation (Yoga Nidra)

Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state.  Once considered fringe psychology, meditation is now routinely recommended by practitioners for its potential health benefits such as stress reduction, pain reduction. weight control, and personal growth.


For those who are curious about its roots, its history as a  behavioral intervention for clinical issues originated in 1979 with the work of  Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who explored the use of mindfulness meditation in treating patients with chronic pain. Since this time, it has worked for many as an effective antidote against many common forms of psychological distress such as rumination, anxiety, worry, fear, and anger.

 

As a specialist in behaviour and behaviour change theory, I am drawn to the precision and science of meditative practice, however, despite the technical sounding nature of this description Yoga NIdra Meditation might be the most relaxing and blissful  thing you have ever experienced. 


and despite sounding very technical by the above description most people find it to be incredibly relaxing.  I offer it to my clients as either a stand alone practice, or as part of a more comprehensive coaching and wellness program.  Despite soundingn very technical


I offer a guided meditation based on the iRest model. It is intended to support your psychological, physical, and spiritual health, resiliency, and well-being. It is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts.


it is called Yoga Nidra


One of my goals is to teach my clients how to respond, rather than to react, to their emotions and thoughts no matter their state of mind and body. I teach the techniques step-by step, and practice by practice. It is easy to follow, and almost impossible to do wrong.



 "The elements of mindfulness, namely awareness and nonjudgmental acceptance of one's moment-to-moment

experience, are regarded as potentially effective antidotes against

common forms of psychological distress – rumination, anxiety, worry,

fear, anger, and so on – many of which involve the maladaptive

tendencies to avoid, suppress, or over-engage with one's distressing

thoughts and emotions."



These effects ranged from increased subjective well-being, reduced psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, to improved regulation of

behavior. 


 coping with difficult or unwanted cognitive and emotional experiences seems to play a vital role in predicting long-term weight loss success.

mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions seek to change one's relationship to unwanted thoughts, feelings, or bodily sensations, as opposed to trying to change or control them