Most of us are stressed. This is not surprising to most of us that live in the fast-paced, consumer society of the West. Too much to do, and not enough time, seems to be a common mantra for most of us.
We also seem to know that stress has a negative impact on our health and wellbeing…. but how many of us are actively doing something to counter the stress in our lives?
In their annual Stress in America survey, the American Psychological Association found that while this year the overall stress levels appear to be trending downward, this drop is not shared equally – women, younger Americans and parents – continue to report higher stress levels.
Most participants continue to report stress at levels higher than what they believe is healthy, struggle to achieve their health and lifestyle goals, and manage stress in ineffective ways. One of the commonly utilized stress-management listed was watching television (for two hours or more)…so it seems that stress management is perhaps not our strong-suit. Forty-two percent of adults say they are not doing enough or are not sure whether they are doing enough to manage their stress.
And this is where practices, such as meditation, come in. iRest yoga nidra, a meditative practice of relaxation and enquiry, is a powerful and effective way to counter stress accumulated and reset our over-worked nervous systems.
The practice of yoga nidra is integrative, as it heals various unresolved issues and traumas that are present in the body and mind, and is considered restorative as it enables people to recognize their inmate peace of mind that is always present admit changing circumstances of life.
iRest yoga nidra specifically teaches people to relax deeply, release stress, increase resiliency, improve interpersonal relationships, and provide greater mastery and control in their life. People who practice regularly report a decrease in depression, fear, anxiety, insomnia, stress, and chronic pain. What is reported in people who practicing regularly is an increase in: greater ability to relax, improved interpersonal relationships and increased inner peace. iRest Yoga nidra helps people develop resiliency to stress, and expands their capacity to meet the changing circumstances of life.
Whatever you do that helps nourish your sense of wellbeing and peace and helps you release stress, keep on practicing. Your body and mind will thank you.
If you are interested in learning iRest Yoga Nidra, email me here, or click here for more information.
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To read about Richard Miller, the developer of iRest Yoga Nidra, visit his website here.