My interest in mindfulness began through yoga and dance, where I first encountered the joy of moving with awareness. 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 and Certification in Mindulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness where MBSR was developed. I trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with Dr. Zindel Segal who co-authored that program, and as one of the first instructors for the Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance (MBEB) curriculum I have have had the opportunity to work with elementary and middle school educators, counselors and administrators in research, community and educational settings.
Jillayne Sorenson Psy.D, RYT
Certified MBSR Instructor (UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness)
Sharing the healing benefits of mindfulness is a beautiful path of learning, discovery and deepening connection. As a mindfulness educator, psychologist and movement teacher I work with individuals and groups teaching research-based methods to build resilience and meet life’s challenges with more ease, balance and peace of mind.
As a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance® (RYT200), and a licensed Nia Technique instructor I continue to explore movement as a path of healing and awareness. I believe that no matter our age or level of mobility, through respecting the body's wisdom we can connect to the joy of movement.
I continue to explore the rich relationship between movement, mindfulness and well-being through yoga, meditation, personal retreat practice, and in the beautiful Northwest woods, rambling with my husband and our two dogs, Phoebe and Jack ~ true masters in the art of joyful activity.