Jillayne Sorenson, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, MBSR Instructor, Licensed Brown Belt Nia & Nia 5-Stages Instructor
Sharing the healing benefits of mindfulness and mindful movement practice is a great joy and an ongoing journey of discovery.
I first learned about mindfulness while completing my doctoral studies in clinical psychology at Pacific University, and have been practicing meditation and incorporating mindfulness training in my work ever since.
Becoming an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) instructor was a natural step on this path. MBSR is an approach to healing and self-discovery that offers reliable, evidence-based methods for deepening awareness and navigating the sometimes turbulent waters of life with more ease and balance. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to complete instructor training with senior staff at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness where MBSR was developed. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share this work.
Teaching Nia: I practice and teach Nia because it nourishes my body, mind and heart. For me, awareness, movement and well-being are connected: We are made to move, and when we move in ways that support pleasure and presence, we feel better. Cultivating attention through sensation, moment-by-moment, is a powerful method for self-healing. I offer Nia and Nia 5 Stages classes and workshops that emphasize moving toward sensations of ease, pleasure and self-expression.
I continue my own practice though Nia, meditation, biking, and rambling in the woods with my two dogs, who are true masters in the art of joyful activity.