Stress and Health Effects Following the Gulf Oil Spill
2011 promises to be a very busy year. We are working on a grant from the Department of Mental Health of the State of Mississippi to provide training in stress reduction techniques to public and private health care workers, teachers, and volun teers with non-profits serving the needs of homeless and other vulnerable populations in Mississippi. The plan is to train health care workers and others serving the community in some of the Breath~Body~Mind© techniques that they could use in their work with people experiencing stress due to the Gulf Oil Spill disaster. Many of the people had not yet recovered from Hurricane Katrina when they were hit with the economic and health effects of the oil spill. There are similarities between the stress and the kinds of toxic exposures that occurred during the World Trade Center attacks and those occurring as a result of the Gulf Oil Spill. Just as thousands of New Yorkers are still struggling with long-term respiratory and other health consequences, it is anticipated that residents of the Gulf area will be dealing with this for years to come. We hope to bring our positive experiences working with 9/11 First Responders, Ground Zero workers, and area residents to help the people of Mississippi recover from the disaster. If you are a healthcare worker, a teacher, a yoga therapist, a member of the clergy, or a private or public provider of social, support, or health services in the state of Mississippi, check our website link for Lectures and Workshops during the next few weeks for details. The trainings in Mississippi will be free and will offer continuing education credit.
Lectures, Workshops, Conferences 2010 and 2011
SAVE THE DATES
Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2011
Mind-Body Service Projects and Non-Profit Events
Feb - April
“How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care”
Breath~Body~Mind Workshop Level 1
Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg
Open to the general public, members of the 9/11 Community and health care providers.
Breath~Body~Mind is a unique fusion of breath, movement and meditation techniques derived from yoga, Qi Gong, orthodox Christian monks, Buddhism, and modern science. These powerful self-regulation techniques relieve anxiety, improve focus and increase well-being.
Coherent Breathing, Victory Breathing, and Breath Moving enhance and optimizes brain, heart, and lung function while stimulating the healing, calming, recharging parts of the nervous system. Open Focus meditation can be used to relieve physical and emotional pain.
Bring mats, blankets, pillows, etc. to feel warm & comfortable sitting and lying on the floor.
STWS also provides Drs. Pankaj and Smita Naram’s Ayurvedic herbs (at cost) to help detoxify people exposed to chemical fumes from the WTC attacks and from working at Ground Zero. James J. Dahl, Ph.D., Research Director, Phoenix House Foundation, and Dr. Katherine Falk reported on a web-based survey of 50 people affected by the WTC attacks who were treated with these Ayurvedic herbs. All 50 respondents reported significant improvements in long standing, intractable respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and depression that had not responded to standard treatments. This article appeared in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Jan/Feb 2008; 14(1):24-48. Correspondence: firstname.lastname@example.org For Dr. Naram see: (www.ayushakti-usa.com).
March 6 Integrative Health Care Symposium
Richard P. Brown, MD & Master Robert Peng
Hilton Hotel, New York 4:00-6:00 PM Continuing Education Credits
Whenever we adapt to change, stress occurs, depleting energy reserves and leaving impressions within our mind-body nervous systems. Accumulated stress creates layers of reactions and defenses that block access to our true, natural self and interfere with our perception of others. Breath practices with Open Focus meditation enhance mental clarity and awareness of our self and others.
Breath practices provide a portal to directly communicate with the body’s interoceptive (internal sensory) network, the moment-to-moment dialogue between the mind and the body. By changing the pattern or our breathing we can change the messages sent from the body to the brain and thereby influence how we think, feel, perceive, and regulate autonomic functions, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, energy utilization, immune function, and stress response.
Breath~Body~Mind introduces natural methods to enhance stress resilience, mental and physical energy, and connectedness to the true self.
Elixer Light Qigong allows you to transform your energy, improve your relationships, and enhance your health and quality of life.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to: experience Coherent Breathing and Breath Moving for stress reduction awaken the three important energy centers for wisdom, love, and vitality experience Open Focus meditation for stress reduction, improved attention, and relief of physical and psychological distress observe Master Peng using Shaolin healing practices on an audience volunteer and discuss these with the audience develop a program of further learning about breath and meditative practices that are accessible and that can improve clinical outcomes.
Master Robert Peng
About the Authors
Richard P. Brown, MD, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, NY is a psychopharmacologist and a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), Yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation.