One New Year’s Resolution to Rule Them All: MBSR at Innergy Meditation

You want to experience greater happiness and well-being, right? Who doesn’t?  Innergy Meditation’s nine-week MBSR training starts January 12th, and gives you the keys.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically proven, therapeutic system of mindfulness meditation that helps us develop better coping skills for the times when life throws us those unwanted curveballs: stress, anxiety, physical pain or illness, and so forth. And let’s face it, sooner or later we all experience one or more of these things.


Grounded in ancient techniques and tested in the fire of modern scientific laboratories and studies, MBSR has grown to receive worldwide acclaim for its proven benefits.


Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR combines mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and physical movement to help us become more mindful.


The program is taught in a series of 9 sessions over the course of 9 weeks, with the final session being a day-long silent “retreat” style practice intensive.


According to founder Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR program participants consistently report “a heightened sense of self and self-in-relationship, and a greater ability to find coherence and act effectively under high degrees of stress,” along with a “greater sense of coherence” and “enhanced psychological hardiness.” And studies have shown that these gains are maintained during three years of follow-up.


As Miami’s leading meditation-only studio and a home for mindfulness in the Magic City, Innergy Meditation is is offering its first-ever 9-week training in MBSR, with expert coach Lucas Irwin from the University of Miami’s UMindfulness program. Lucas brings a wealth of teaching experience and knowledge about mindfulness and MBSR, and will skillfully guide us through this structured program.


The training is open to all and no previous experience is required. Even if you’re not currently dealing with stress, anxiety, chronic pain or illness, you will benefit from learning and practicing the techniques of MBSR. A stronger sense of self and heightened empathy for others will help you feel happier now, and make you better prepared to cope with adverse circumstances when they do come along.


This January, every fly-by-night yoga studio, gym, and meditation center in town will be offering deals and running trendy challenges to try to cash in on your New Year’s wellness resolutions.


I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than by seriously investing in your own happiness and mental health. The MBSR program with Lucas Irwin begins January 12th: eight Saturday sessions from 1:00pm to 3:30pm, followed by a day-long practice intensive from 10am to 5pm.


This is the real deal: a comprehensive, scientifically proven training for people who are serious about feeling better and living better.


Take the MBSR challenge. Make a solid commitment to yourself, and this time next year, you can look back on 2019 as the year your life took a major turn for the better.

Now that’s a New Year’s resolution worth making.


Book your cushion today HERE

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body as an integrated whole. All cells, tissues, internal organs and systems coexist in a constant stage of change, interconnected and interdependent of each other. A healthy body creates a balanced foundation for a healthy mind, and a healthy mind creates a balanced foundation for a healthy body. This is the concept of Yin and Yang, balanced opposites, that is foundational to TCM and healing as a whole. In this system, we are not only addressing the existing conditions, we also focus on person’s core patterns of functioning to alleviate pain and imbalance on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. To heal is to create an alignment and harmony between these interconnected levels in order to achieve optimal wellness.


This month we will work on what is known as “the Dai,” the belt meridian along the waist line, and the only one in the body that runs horizontally. The Dai or girdle meridian, allows free flow of the vital energy (also known as Qi; pronounced Chi) between the upper and lower parts of the body, and is responsible for keeping the proper positioning of our internal organs.

The Dai meridian is all about expanding, discharging, and expressing from within our body.


Emotionally, it is how we see ourselves and how we present, express and communicate our persona; the acting vehicle through which our soul and true nature reveals itself in the physical world. A healthy and balanced Dai represents our ability to act and navigate the world in delight, joy, and prosperity manifesting our purpose and destiny.


When constricted and thus, out of balance, it feels like wearing a belt that is too tight for your body — restricted and uncomfortable. Our capacity to expand physically, emotionally and spiritually is limited, the free flow and circulation of Qi is compromised. What we experience energetically is the opposite of joy and ease: frustration, pent up emotions, inertia, indecision, creative blocks, and a general feeling of being “stuck.” And this is because our ability to expression and discharge is literally, stuck!


In the physical body, you will see it manifest as muscular tension. Pains in the upper body, the neck, shoulders, headaches, breast distensión and discomfort– and in the lower body, hip pain, sciatica pain, weak legs, water retention, digestive disorders, genitalia issues, uterine disease and irregularities in the menstrual flow.


In combination with breathwork and sound vibrations, this treatment, taking place in a group setting, will address a range of these symptoms and common complaints. This is a complete treatment perfect for those new to acupuncture, and also those who regularly work with TCM.