Complementary treatments can be integrated with conventional medical practices to offer patients the best of both worlds. As clinician/researchers we seek new approaches to relieve emotional and physical problems while reducing medication side effects. The goal of this newsletter is to share with you Integrative Treatments we find to be safe and beneficial. If there are topics you want us to cover, please let us know.
Breath~Body~Mind Workshop On Line October 23-24
Mind-Body Service Projects and Non-Profit Events
Breath~Body~Mind Level 1 Goes On Line
October 23 & 24, 2010
Mind-Body Service Projects and Non-Profit Events
Many people that have taken the course in the past have enjoyed it tremendously and report positive changes in their lives. The course is especially beneficial for increasing lung capacity. Italian mountaineers who have done the breathing practices were able to climb up to 26,000 feet without oxygen while mountaineers who didn't take the course struggled in the same climb even with oxygen. 9/11 responders have had significant improvement in their pulmonary function testing and a reduction in ground-glass infiltrates in the lungs.
Research has also shown that extraordinary breathing techniques like those taught by Dr. Brown effectively relieve stress and improve energy, mental focus, heart function and endurance. These benefits have been demonstrated with many different people including victims of terrorism, war and natural disasters. This includes many members of the 9/11 community.
This workshop is normally $300 but Dr. Brown offers it to the 9/11 Community through STWS, including this course for the FDNY, for the low price of $75. In addition, FDNY wives, girlfriends and teen children can come for only $50 a person.Dr. Brown volunteers his time for the course so 100% of the proceeds go to further the work of STWS. If you are on our 9/11 herbal formulas, by taking this course you not only learn very beneficial new info, you help yourself and others by helping STWS have more funds to offer our herbal formulas to the 9/11 community. To see a short video on Dr. Brown's workshop, go to: www.stws.org/video.htm. (The video has the dates to the first workshop in Oct. of '07 so ignore that.)
We hope to see all of you at the workshop.
Serving Those Who Serve
Serving Those Who Serve (STWS) is a non-profit group providing services to people who are still suffering from physical and emotional illnesses related to the NY September 11th World Trade Center Attacks. The 9/11 Community includes First Responders, Ground Zero workers, WTC workers, and area residents. STWS sponsors our new Breath~Body~Mind© program for relief of physical and emotional distress as well as for personal development. Workshops are open to the public and a portion of the profits are donated to STWS. In addition to positive feedback from participants, our preliminary research data indicate significant improvement in measures of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms (Martin Katzman and Monica Vermani, in process). See www.stws.org.
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).
Breath~Body~Mind Courses with Dr. Richard Brown
Breath~Body~Mind© Course with Dr. Brown & Dr. Gerbarg
Details to be announced. This will be the first Breath~Body~Mind Workshop open to the public, health practitioners, and members of the 9/11 community to be given in NYC in 2010. Proceeds will benefit the 9/11 Community through Serving Those Who Serve. For registration and information see: www.stws.org.
Letters from Breathwork Teachers in Haiti 2010
March 3. The women, mostly young, began filing into the classroom-- a large breezy and beautifully tiled room opening to the courtyard. We began in a circle with introductions, Jayatii translating into Creole. Many of the women had been in Gretchen's first class. Some said they had continued with the breathing in their camps. We gave a brief explanation about how breath heals trauma. Our movement piece went this way: shaking, check in, swinging arms--clapping--rubbing hands, check in, Ha breath, check in. Then Didi led asanas-- cobra, standing stretch, and another I can't recall. Then Didi had us sit and do self-massage, followed by lying down and following a body scan.
After 10 minutes of breathing, we gathered, checked in, and then Didi led us in a chant/song, Baba nam keva lam, which swelled from that room into the darkening evening like an angel choir. It was so lovelyabsolutely sublime. We breathed a bit more, then asked them to form a circle. All these beautiful faces, from the babies in arms, the shy 12-year-olds, the fierce 16-year-old ring leader, the mothers and grandmothers, we all looked into each others’ faces and smiled, and took three breaths together. Some of the women told us they felt much better and wanted more. A couple said their backs had stopped hurting. Jayatii and Did seemed very pleased and asked us if we would take the practice into the camps!
Barbara Johnson, who lives in Annapolis, MD, has a private practice as an Integrative Breathing practitioner for 12 years. This modality uses conscious breathing practices, including principles of breathing mechanics, to support individuals in understanding, dissolving, and integrating obstacles to their own essential qualities of integrity, wisdom, love, beauty, love, joy, peace, beauty, belonging, and clarity. She is a member of the International Breathwork Training Alliance and a senior practitioner with the Inspiration Community, an integral consciousness school based in Baltimore, MD, which has served personal, relational, and planetary wholeness through classes, events, and service work for over twenty-five years. See (www.inspirationcommunity.org)
Breathwork is the art and science of teaching breath awareness and breathing techniques for enhancing the human, physical, emotional, and spiritual condition. The International Breathwork Training Alliance (IBTA) is a consortium of professional breathwork schools, trainers, and practitioners who support and promote the integration of breathwork in the world as an accessible and vital healing modality that facilitates physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual wellness. http://breathworkalliance.com/Global Grassroots is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2004 that supports conscious social change, driven by and for vulnerable women at the grassroots level. Our Academy for Conscious Change is a 12-18 month incubator offering social venture development skills, leadership training, personal transformation practices, seed grants and high-engagement support to help disadvantaged women initiate their own civil society organizations. We target the world's most vulnerable women. We contend that wisdom exists at the grassroots level among those directly impacted by certain social issues. Women represent both those most invested in serving their community's needs and those in greatest need of support to manifest their solutions. Global Grassroots asserts that deepening personal consciousness and contributing towards the common good are both essential to establishing a mindful society that will advance the greatest level of positive social change. We call this intersection of personal and societal transformation: Conscious Social Change. See: www.globalgrassroots.org.
It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Kula for Karma, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, charitable organization that was created over two years ago. Specially-trained volunteer yoga instructors address a multitude of issues, including 35 programs serving children with cancer and autism; at-risk youth; women with cancer and breast cancer survivors; wheel-chair bound seniors; victims of domestic violence and sex-trafficking; homeless men and women; men and women with HIV/AIDS; and wounded-combat veterans. “KARMA”, or selfless service, is our vehicle for change. We seek to implement support services, including holistic nutritional and therapeutic workshops. Programs are provided at no charge to the participants and are offered at a site near the geographic area in which the person lives. Safety, dignity, and respect are the values that make our programs effective.
Geri Topfer Amy E. Orr, MSW, PhD Penni Feiner
Professional Lectures and Conferences
Through the experience of repeated rounds of breathwork and meditation, gentle movement, theoretical background and small group interaction, participating therapists will discover the benefits of these mind-body practices and learn to integrate this knowledge into their clinical practices and into their own lives.
Register: www.ackerman.org Phone: 212 879-4900, ext 111
April 23, 2010
Emotion in Motion: Transforming Trauma through the Body
Cost: $125; ask about student discounts. Advanced registration required. Checks made out to “Tejase” can be sent to Penni Feiner at 3 Vreeland Avenue, Hawthorne, New Jersey 07506. For more information: http://homeyogaexperience.com/
Breathwork and Meditation for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals:
Ph: 212.219.2527 or 212.219.2527
May 22-25, 2010
Participants will learn how to integrate complementary treatments with standard treatments in psychiatry practice. The course focuses on research and clinical applications of complementary treatments for which there is sufficient evidence of safety and efficacy. The authors have selected those treatments that are the most useful for clinicians to integrate into their practices from the following categories: herbs, adaptogens, nutrients, nootropics, hormones, mind-body practices, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, and neurotherapy. Evidence for efficacy and clinical practice guidelines for integrative approaches will include the following diagnostic categories: Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Cognitive Enhancement, Brain Injury, ADD, and Schizophrenia.Participants will have an introduction to the experience breath techniques that rapidly relieve stress and anxiety.
Full Day Course #CO28 Sunday, May 23 2010, 9am-4pm: Yoga of the East and West: Integrating Breath Work and Meditation into Clinical Practice: Participants will learn the theoretical background and applications of two powerful self-regulation strategies to improve their own well-being and the mental health of their patients. A program of non-religious practices will enable participants to experience “Coherent Breathing,” Victorious Breath, Bellows Breath, and “Open Focus” meditation. Through a sequence of repeated rounds of breathing and meditation with gentle movements and interactive processes, participants will discover the benefits of mind/body practices. How to build upon this knowledge and use it in clinical practice will be discussed. An in-depth case of a patient with posttraumatic stress disorder who benefited from the addition of yoga breathing to her ongoing therapy will be explored from the perspective of neuro-psychoanalytic theory. This will also highlight clinical issues to consider when introducing mind/body practices in treatment. This course builds upon introductory material presented in the Course “Complementary and Integrative Treatments for Stress, Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Bipolar, Cognitive Enhancement, Brain Injury, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Schizophrenia.” This course is suitable for novices as well as experienced practitioners.
July 916, 2010
Dr. Richard Brown & Dr. Patricia Gerbarg will join Amy on Sunday to contribute to her training program. For Yoga teachers and Health professionals. This training interweaves ancient yogic wisdom with current findings in neurobiology. You will learn an evidence-based yoga protocol to help students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. CE credits for social workers, cerified counselors, massage andbody workers, and psychotherapists. For information & registration: registration. http://www.kripalu.org/program/start/336 http://www.kripalu.org/presenter/V0004595/richard_p_brown
Fall 2010 Date to be announced.
Dr. Richard Brown Offers Space in His Manhattan Office
Publications & Reviews
Brown RP and Gerbarg PL: Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Part I-neurophysiologic model. J Alternative and Complementary Med. 11(1):189-201.
Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Muskin PR. How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care. W.W. Norton & Company, New York. 2009.
Effects of a Yoga-Breath Intervention Alone and in Combination with an Exposure Therapy for PTSD and Depression in Survivors of the 2004 Southeast Asia Tsunami. Descilo T, Vedamurtachar A, Gerbarg PL, Nagaraja D, Gangadhar BNG, Damodaran B, Adelson B, Braslow LH, Marcus M, Brown RP. Acta Psyciatr Scand Aug 2009.
Richard P Brown and Patricia L Gerbarg. Part I. Longevity and Aging Advancements. Yoga Breathing, Meditation, and Longevity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2009, 1172:54-62.
"Yoga for Anxiety and Depression" Harvard Mental Health Letter April 2009 https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/
Review of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, by Cathy Durga, LA Yoga magazine, June 2009.
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.