Jillayne Sorenson, Psy.D.
Sharing the healing benefits of mindfulness is a beautiful path of learning, discovery and deepening connection. As a mindfulness educator, psychologist, movement teacher, and founder of Awake to the Heart, I work with individuals and groups teaching research-based methods to build resilience, improve communication, cope better with pain and illness and meet life’s challenges with more ease, balance and peace of mind.
I believe the capacity for wellbeing resides within each one of us and that cultivating mindfulness connects us to the wisdom of the body, mind and heart. More than a technique, mindfulness is a way of being-in-relationship to ourselves, to others and the world around us. Practicing teaches us to live more fully into the truth of each moment in all its complexity and joy. I feel deep gratitude to my own teachers, mentors and friends along the way, and for the opportunity to share this healing path of practice.
Stepping-in to Mindfulness: My own path toward mindfulness began first through yoga and dance, making the connection between awareness, movement and wellbeing. Later while completing my doctoral studies in psychology, I began studying and practicing mindfulness and meditation, and it has been the focus of my work as a clinician and educator ever since. Training to teach MBSR was a natural step along this path. I completed instructor training in Mindulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness where MBSR was developed, and have trained in other Mindfulness-Based Interventions as part of a commitment to ongoing study and practice. You can read more about my training and experience here.
Mindfulness-in-Motion: Movement is integral to life ~ our bodies are designed to move ~ and when we move in ways that support pleasure and presence, we feel better. I continue to explore the relationship between mindfulness and movement through practicing and teaching Yoga and Nia Technique. I am a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance® (RYT200), and a licensed (Brown Belt) Nia instructor. No matter what age or level of mobility, I believe by learning to respect the body’s wisdom we can connect to the joy of movement through sensation, awareness and playful curiosity.
Mindfulness offers many doorways into the experience of being more fully present in our lives. If you would like to talk with me about mindfulness training or resources to support you on your own path, you can contact me here for more information or to schedule an initial consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.
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