This is a deep and full exploration of body scan, a meditative exercise that calls your awareness to each part of your body for total relaxation and rejuvenation. Body scan meditation is incredible for stress and anxiety relief, and wonderful to do in conjunction with a regular yoga practice or exercise routine. This is best while lying down so you have full access to your body. It's recommended to do when you've completed the active part of your day when you're winding down an active and frazzled mind.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of science. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.