Integrative Restoration — iRest® Yoga Nidra
It seems that everyone wants to find an effective way to control and reduce their stress, anxiety, physical pain, exhaustion, or depression. By now, most people have heard that meditation or mindfulness practices can help, but many are worried that it will be too hard and that they don’t have the time or discipline. Or they worry that they will be required to adopt some sort of religious or “woo-woo” practices that are at odds with their values.
iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation is a modern-day secular adaptation of the ancient meditative practice of Yoga Nidra. It is a form of self-inquiry that research shows effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency, while increasing health, resiliency, and well-being.
Deep meditation teaches us skills that allow us to observe, understand and control ourselves in whatever circumstances arise. We learn to access our own deepest resources. Through iRest Yoga Nidra meditation you learn, among many other things, to manage disturbing moods and memories, which enables you to respond to intense emotional experiences through conscious choices rather than unconscious reactions. It empowers you to integrate challenging memories, emotions and beliefs and to return to your grounded wholeness of being. Plus, it helps you feel very relaxed, calm, and refreshed.
SoundWork — Gong/Sound Bath
Sound and music have been used for millennia to focus the mind in a blissful state, calm the emotions, and even relieve pain and promote healing. Different cultures have used chanting, drums, gongs, singing bowls, bells, and all kinds of instruments to bring harmony and balance to body and mind. We can enjoy the same benefits today and take a break from the bedlam around us by simply getting comfortable and letting the sounds created by a skilled practitioner wash over us. And no, you don’t need a bathing suit or towel…
During a sound healing or gong bath, which typically lasts about an hour, you simply lie down in comfortable clothes on a mat, close your eyes, and relax, letting the sounds wash over you. Instruments including gongs, crystal bowls, chimes, and voice are used to create a soundscape that is deeply relaxing and healing. The gongs generate complex washes of sound, creating relaxing and healing effects. The auditory stimuli of the gong bath process can lead to brainwave entrainment, where sound waves synchronize brainwaves into specific patterns and frequencies including those associated with sleep, trance, dreaming, and other creative states.
About MINDFUL founder David Fishel
After a couple of decades as an attorney — including as a litigator at the US Department of Justice, Assistant General Counsel and eventually VP at a Fortune 200 company, and some forays into entrepreneurial pursuits — I decided to combine two of the true constants in my life for the past 40+ years: music and mindfulness practices.
I have practiced a variety of meditation methods since my early 20’s, and was always frustrated by how challenging it seemed to be. Originally drawn to Zen practice, and then the secular teachings of Eknath Easwaran, I tried Transcendental Meditation, the Centering Prayer taught by Father Thomas Keating, and a variety of other approaches. I found approaches that worked for me in all kinds of environments, not just in a quiet, serene room. (Many years of commuting into Washington DC from Virginia gave me hundreds more hours meditating on the Metro than on a cushion!) I investigated many forms of mind-work practices like hypnosis and other trance work. Eventually, I came across Yoga Nidra, and finally Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra. It was direct, powerful, and simple, and it had also been thoroughly tested and refined for use by secular western people. In a world where stress and trauma are so widespread, I was excited to find something that could be effective immediately, and useful to pretty much any human of any age or culture.
Music has also been a lifelong joy to me, and in addition to playing and listening, I have long been fascinated by the healing and trance-inducing properties of sound. A friend introduced me to the “soundbath,” a very relaxing and beautiful experience. From there, I discovered gongs — ancient instruments that create an amazing array of sounds and which, when properly played, have the power to send us into a deep meditative state without the use of words. I completed the Level 1 SoundBath training with The SoundBath Center (now known as GongPlay), one of the very few places to get formalized training in structure, theory, and performance of sound baths.
It is my great joy to be able to be able to bring these simple, effective, and powerful tools for better life and consciousness to a world that could use a little calm, serenity, and consciousness.