RESOURCES FOR LEARNING MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
"A non-profit educational organization devoted to providing comprehensive training in mind/body medicine. In its holistic approach to wellness, AMI combines the best of ancient Eastern wisdom and the practicality of modern Western medical science. AMI offers weekly meditation instruction and easy-gentle yoga classes, in addition to courses and retreats on Ayurveda (an Indian system of natural medicine and self-care), the chakra system and human anatomy, Yoga psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, food as medicine, advaita vedanta and more."
*Provides classes and instruction remotely and also offers an online video based curriculum
Cory Halaby, founder, offers one-on-one or small group instruction in Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga, and Life Coaching focused on promoting clarity and momentum.
Cory is also a member of Weston Internal Medicine and Wellness Center. Sessions with Cory are now available at our office!
Online and live streaming classes for Mindfulness programs including MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) as well as, Mindful Eating, daily Mindfulness practice, and classes for masters
"Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. For more than 40 years, Kripalu has been teaching skills for optimal living through education for the whole person: body, mind, heart, and spirit. It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.
Programs at Kripalu are led by many of the world’s most accomplished teachers in yoga, self-discovery, and holistic health and are designed to provide people with tools they can apply in their daily lives. Program topics include wellness, Ayurveda, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, relationships, meditation, spiritual practice, professional training, and much more. Yoga programs are offered for people at all levels, feature all yoga traditions and styles, and include therapeutic yoga, yogic anatomy, and trainings for teachers."
Learn about the ground-breaking work and research of Dr. Sarah Lazar (MGH / Harvard University)
"We study the impact of yoga and meditation on various cognitive and behavioral functions. Our results suggest that meditation can produce experience-based structural alterations in the brain. We also found evidence that meditation may slow down the age related atrophy of certain areas of the brain.
"Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Learn to cultivate life-long tools that will help you maximize your life, even when facing stress, illness and pain.
The Stress Reduction Program, founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn... is the subject of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best selling book, Full Catastrophe Living and Saki Santorelli’s book, Heal Thy Self. The central focus of the Program is intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges/adventures of everyday life."
MBSR is an evidenced based program that has been clinically proven to improve pain symptoms, anxiety, symptoms related to trauma, as well as to improve brain health and slow or prevent cognitive aging.
Molly Shrewberry's "Love Well Live Well is focused on the role of self-love and its impact on overall health and wellness. What began as a tool to complement [her] own self-love and wellness journey has evolved into a platform and business to spread love, encouragement and resources for positive change. [She] offer[s] individualized and group wellness coaching because [she] knows firsthand that positive support and a concrete plan are keys to successful change!"
About the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine:
“Since 2006, BHI has been integrating the field of mind/body medicine into Massachusetts General Hospital’s clinical care, research and training programs. BHI accomplishes its objectives of integrated health care by:
Documenting and furthering the understanding of Mind Body Medicine through research
Providing treatment that reduces the physical and emotional impact of stress
Training health care professionals, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and educators
The mission of BHI is to fully integrate mind body medicine into mainstream healthcare at the Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as throughout the country and the world, by means of rigorous, evidence-based research and clinical application of this work.
APPS AND TECHNOLOGY-BASED MINDFULNESS / STRESS MANAGEMENT RESOURCES
Website and App: "Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day."
Quickly use inputs about your emotional and physical state to be given options for guided mindfulness and relaxation exercises in a variety of lengths from 2 minutes and up.
"With this app, you can develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK:
STOP - Stop what you are doing. Check in with what you are thinking, and how you are feeling.
BREATHE - Practice mindful breathing to create space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions.
THINK - Learn to broaden your perspective and strengthen your force field of peace and calm by practicing one of the meditations."
Research backed biofeedback technologies, tools, and techniques for stress reduction and health improvement. HeartMath uses heart rate variability, an indicator of active stress, and leverages the brain-heart connection.
“Discover your mind. Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author—on a meditation course for beginners and experienced meditators alike. Waking Up is for anyone who understands that meditation practice isn’t just about feeling better in the moment. Meditation should transform one’s view of the world.
What makes Waking Up different?
Meditation is often taught as though it were an ancient version of an executive stress ball. But it’s more like the Large Hadron Collider. Waking Up users quickly understand that there are fundamental discoveries to be made in the laboratory of their own minds.
Waking Up guides you through a 50-day introductory course, teaching a progressive series of meditation techniques, before unlocking access to an ongoing series of daily meditations. All meditations are created and led by Sam Harris.
Waking Up also contains a growing curriculum of short talks by Sam Harris on a wide variety of topics relevant for deepening your practice.”
“Muse makes meditation easy.™ Muse: the brain sensing headband is a brain fitness tool that measures brain signals much like a heart rate monitor senses your heartbeat. [It] will elevate your meditation experience. It gently guides your meditation through changing sounds of weather based on the real-time state of your brain. This allows you to obtain a deeper sense of focus and motivates you to build a highly rewarding practice. Meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce symptoms associated with stress, depression and anxiety as well as improve focus, performance and quality of life.
• Learn the essentials of focussed attention meditation
• Soundscapes include Beach, Rainforest, Desert and others*
• Milestones and rewards to keep you motivated
• Create multiple accounts and share with family and friends
• End of session results and graphs help measure progress
• Exercises contributed by meditation experts to help you learn”
World renowned time-lapse film maker and cinematographer, Louie Schwarzberg, uses his images for "Visual Healing" and "Gratitude Revealed" - tools for relaxation and wellness
“Self-Care Tips from CMBM. Self-care isn’t complementary or alternative — it’s fundamental for good health.” This website has offers multiple guided resources including audio tracks and visualization exercises clinically effective for stress management.
(HERBS TO PROMOTE STRESS RESILIENCE)
Adaptogens are plants / herbs that can moderate the stress response. They support the body's ability to be resilient to stress.
Some examples include:
Holy Basil (Tulsi) herb
ARTICLES & OTHER EDUCATION RESOURCES
Harvard Business Review: "Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain"