Video by Rebekkah LaDyne
At Namaste, we strive to offer programs that we feel can easily be integrated into our modern lives. Mindfulness is something all yogis strive for but really is a fantastic practice for everyone, whether they have a yoga practice or not. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a way of separating yourself from the thoughts that trigger negative emotions, therefore allowing space between you and the urge to react to those thoughts that often trigger stress. MBSR has been praised by people across all demographics, industries, and schools of thought as a scientifically proven method for treating depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Our thoughts are extremely powerful and sometimes, when left unchecked, can manifest into physical illnesses. The beauty behind MBSR is that it does not teach us to ignore stress and illness, but rather to relate to them in a new way. Changing our perspective us gives us a new freedom and ability to approach our problems with a calm, level head.
In this article from PsychCentral.com, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (the founder of MBSR), acknowledges that “there are few outright cures for chronic diseases or for stress-related disorders,” however, “it is possible for us to heal ourselves — to learn to live with and work with conditions that present themselves in the moment. Healing implies the possibility that we can relate differently to illness, disability and even death, as we learn to see with eyes of wholeness.”
If you are interested in learning more about this holistic practice, we encourage you to watch the video below and consider attending our September MBSR workshop series!
This post originally appeared on Rebekkah’s blog The Mindful Life: Mindfulness practice can invite us to allow our experience to be as it is, opening to, accepting it. Mindfulness can also help us to take wise action, and to incline the mind away from unhelpful thoughts. Find out more about these practices with this pithy teaching.
As director and lead teacher of a thriving Yoga and Mindfulness Center from 1998 – 2008 Rebekkah guided thousands of students to reconnect with their hearts, minds and bodies. She taught at Spirit Rock Meditation center as their ongoing Family Program Teacher from 2010 – 2013. Currently, she delights in teaching Mindfulness to families, teens and adults through her private practice, workshops, and retreats.