Rebecca Thompson Hitt had the opportunity to speak with physiotherapist and movement teacher, Mary Houston. Mary is an educator and strong advocate for Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra, a sleep-based meditation that can be done lying down. iRest Yoga Nidra is great for tired parents because most meditations are only 15 to 25 minutes long and can be listened to as you go to sleep, so you don’t have to find extra time in your day. Additionally, the tools that you learn in the meditation process can be practiced throughout the day, walking, sitting, or lying down.
iRest Yoga Nidra can also be practiced with children. In the US, Yoga Nidra is practiced in schools where, research shows, it helps to support children’s emotional development and resilience. Parents who practice iRest Yoga Nidra with their children in the same room often report their children also sleep better.
Research has shown that most people who practice Yoga Nidra report decreased anxiety, decreased insomnia, better sleep, calmer and more peaceful, less stressed; they also report to feeling like they have had 3-4 hours sleep after one 20 min Yoga Nidra ‘nap!’
Additionally, iRest Yoga Nidra decreases emotional reactivity and increases emotional resilience, so it makes you less snappy and cranky and irritable, and more patient and tolerant and calmer. And who doesn’t want that?!
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Following a profound personal journey since the birth of her son 3 years ago, and after more than 15 years as a physiotherapist (Physical Therapist here in the US) and movement teacher working primarily with women and children, Mary experienced a huge life change that made her want to devote her career to supporting women.
As she began to devote more time to her own self-care, and restore a severely depleted energy store, many things began to heal. And Mary became more & more passionate about wanting to share with women the beauty of the innate sense of knowing we all have within us. All we have to do is slow down, listen and observe. The desire to share this message of how we can rest and revive ourselves, and move our lives led to the birth of Rest Revive Move.
Combining her rich & extensive knowledge of health, wellbeing & movement coaching as a physiotherapist with her new love of teaching iRest Yoga Nidra, Mary now offers you a complete path to wellbeing by combining 3 powerful tools: yoga nidra meditation, coaching and mindful movement.
She is a certified level one teacher in training in the iRest method of Yoga Nidra and had also taken trainings with the Yoga Nidra Network in the UK and with Karen Brody of Bold Method for Birth in pre & post partum yoga nidra.
Mary's passion is to help you move your life in the direction you most desire by helping you reveal your own true nature - your deepest & wisest self - as the leader of your own wellbeing.
Rebecca Thompson-Hitt began The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC in 2007. She had been struggling as a parent, trying the same old things that we all do when we feel out of control and it had only made things worse. Turns out that all the fancy degrees in the world only made things worse and that true change happened when she was able to let go of trying to “make” her son do what she wanted him to do and actually connect with him and his story. Finally, through a series of divine connections and healing opportunities, she could see her family was turning around and she wanted to share what she had learned with others who were ready to make a change. Sounds simplified, but it was anything but easy. Learn more about Rebecca at The Consciously Parenting Project and her new Consciously Parenting Academy.