BREATHING AND MEDITATION
Westchester Magazine, March 2021
Breathing exercises are a natural answer to the unrest we all feel daily. “When we experience stress, the fight-or-flight response is activated, and your heart rate is elevated. You have a lot of adrenaline moving through your body and cortisol,” Monness explains. “When we start to take some long, deep breaths in very patterned, rhythmic ways, we actually signal our nervous system that now, in response to fight-or-flight, we can rest and digest. The heart rate is lowered, and blood pressure goes down.”
MEDITATION TEACHER SOOTHES FRAYED NERVES
The Rivertowns Enterprise, April 2020
With families on edge about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, it can be hard to relieve stress without leaving home. To help people cope, Irvington resident Jennifer Monness has turned to the internet.
STRESSED OUT? THERE'S A LAB FOR THAT
The Paw Print, November 2019
Due to the success of the Mediation Lab programs, IHS students have taken the initiative to work with Ms. Monness by creating a Meditation Lab Club as well as incorporating the practice into peer leadership.
IRVINGTON STUDENT-ATHLETES EMBRACE YOGA AND MEDITATION WITH OPEN ARMS, CLEAR HEADS
The Journal News, September 2017
Irvington's yoga and meditation lab started as a trial experiemnt for student-athletes, but it took off in an overwhelming success.
MEDITATION LAB VIDEO
Members of the Irvington High School boys soccer team, along with almost all other sports teams at the school, are incorporating yoga and meditation into their training, and reaping the benefits of "quieting the mind".