In the MBSR approach, individuals are taught to practice mindfulness meditation and mindful movement (gentle stretching and yoga) as ways to become more aware, more present, and more relaxed as they face the stress of their daily lives. In early studies of meditation, the Harvard University cardiologist Herbert Benson demonstrated that practicing mediation for 20 minutes, twice a day was sufficient to bring about significant reductions in blood pressure for many people. In our health coaching program P.W.A. Coaches help clients to introduce in their lifestyle the daily practice of Yoga/Meditation/Mindfulness as a tool to cope better with the daily stress and to be more proactive in their healthcare and well being. The practice taught are offered for anyone who wishes to use them to enhance their own health. There is no specific emphasis on any religious or faith, it is a practice offered for everyone and that will help the beginner develop an understanding of mindfulness and learn practical ways to bring its practice into their daily life.
Stress is the biggest problem of modern life. We carry tensions both within the physical body and on even deeper levels in the subtle bodies which we are not even aware of. While physical tension can be eased by stretching, exercise or massage, subtle tensions are difficult to recognize and even harder to release. Yoga Nidra is a unique method that goes below surface tensions to release and transform stress at its deepest level.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep based meditation using breath, visualization and physical techniques. During this 30 – 40 minute practice you will be guided into a deep state of complete relaxation, where you can disengage from all thoughts, worry and tension to find complete peace and stillness. Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying down position. You are guided through a series of breathing exercises and simple instructions. It is said that 40 minutes of yoga Nidra is as restorative as 3 hours of sleep. In our modern culture, yoga Nidra can bring many restorative benefits to the body and balancing benefits to the mind.
Yoga Nidra provides relief from many conditions such as sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, pain, and self-defeating patterns of behavior. Following Yoga Nidra, practitioners find overall mood is improved; there is a sense of calmness, along with increased mental clarity and creativity.
Yoga Nidra empowers you to go into deep states of relaxation, access the seed of karma, and resolve it by burning the seed. It has the potential to heal past traumatic interpersonal relationships, empowering you to release your vital energy held hostage by blame, anger, guilt, jealousy, hatred, fear, and attachment.
The connection to your source for self-healing and personal growth is always present within you. Yoga Nidra is the master key for self-transformation. It can be used to initiate the power of the soul and to turn your hidden, inner potentiality into reality
Guided Yoga Nidra is an effortless practice and suitable for anyone who wishes to experience deep rest and relaxation, and awaken to the infinite potential that lies within. It can be taken as a stand-alone practice, or directly following a more active class. Everyone is welcome!
MEDITATION & MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)
Meditation refers to the activity of intentionally paying attention for a particular purpose. As it has been developed in diverse faith traditions, the purpose of all meditation practice is to awaken the inner conscious. Meditation is intended to bring about transformation and change, through understanding, compassion, clarity and awareness.
Meditation in one of a variety of so-called “self-regulatory practices” which individuals can learn to promote their health and well-being. Research shows that individuals who learn and practice these skills are likely to have a better health outcome than those who do not. In particular, research has shown that the ability to concentrate attention can promote deep relaxation in the body, and that the ability to be more mindful in each situation can help break the destructive habitual reactions to stress.
The MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) was created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he adapted the Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and developed the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program. He removed the Buddhist framework and eventually downplayed any connection between mindfulness and Buddhism, instead putting MBSR in a scientific context. The MBSR and yoga practice can help individuals cope with stress, pain, and illness by using what is called "moment-to-moment awareness”.