March 2009 Newsletter
A Newsletter for Integrative Treatments

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

April 17-18
Breath~Body~Mind2 Workshop with Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg Open to members of the Fire Department of NY (FDNY) and their Families – Serving Those Who Serve

May 1-2
Breath~Body~Mind™ Workshop with Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg in Manhattan
Open to health care practitioners and the general public. Proceeds benefit the 9/11 Community through Serving those Who Serve
• Letters from Breathwork Teachers in Haiti March 2010 Gretchen Wallace: Global Grassroots Barbara Johnson: International Breathwork Training Alliance
• Kula for Karma
Professional Lectures and Workshops
• April 16 Ackerman Institute, New York
• April 23 The Sexual Assault & Mental Health Project in collaboration with Marist College presents a Trauma Training for Health Care Providers
• May 7 Breathwork and Meditation for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals: Integrate Stress-Reduction Techniques into Your Practice New York Open Center
• May 22-25, 2010 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
• April 24 Emotion in Motion: Transforming Trauma Through the Body taught by: Teresa Bennett-Pasquale, LCSW & Yoga Teachers Geri Topfer, E-RYT & Penni Feiner, E-RYT

Breath~Body~Mind™ Level 1 Goes On Line
Many people have inquired about our Breath~Body~Mind workshops because they want to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing. Health care practitioners, yoga teachers, and classroom teachers are interested in learning techniques they can use in their daily work to help others. Because we are engaged in active clinical practice, research, and teaching, we are not able to give workshops very often. We are excited to have an opportunity to offer our workshop for the first time online. Participants may attend the actual workshop in Lily Dale, NY or take the workshop online. This will enable anyone who is interested to participate even if they cannot travel to New York. For those who may be interested in eventually teaching these practices, we recommend first taking the course with us, second doing the practices daily for a period of time, repeating the workshop, and then getting some additional training and coaching with us.

October 23 & 24, 2010
Dr. Richard Brown & Dr. Patricia Gerbarg will offer the Breath~Body~Mind Workshop through The Fellowship of the Spirit. Viewers will be able to follow, participate, and ask questions online.
Watch future Newsletters and our website for further information.


Mind-Body Service Projects and Non-Profit Events

Breath~Body~Mind™ Workshop
For the Fire Department of NY (FDNY) and their Families
Saturday, April 17th 10 AM - 6 PM & Sunday, April 18th 10 AM - 1 PM
Location: Subud: 230 W. 29th St. (Between 7th & 8th) 4 Blocks South of Penn Station 1 Block From the #1 28th Street Stop

Dear friends,
We are happy to let you know that we are offering Dr. Richard Brown’s Breath~Body~Mind Workshop© for the 9/11 Community, exclusively for the FDNY and their families on Sat., April 17th & Sun., April 18th.

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.
Jose, Marshall and Nechemiah (Staff of Serving Those Who Serve)
For info, call Marshall Stackman at 212-631-1144 or Jose Mestre at 212-580-8043.


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: jdahl@phoenixhouse.org For Dr. Naram see: (www.ayushakti-usa.com).


Breath~Body~Mind™ Courses with Dr. Richard Brown
Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg teach a fusion of modern and ancient practices to rapidly balance the stress response system, relieve stress and anxiety, and enhance physical and mental health. Training includes QiGong breathing and movement, Christian monk breath moving techniques, Coherent Breathing, and Open Focus Meditation.
Manhattan, NY. Save the Dates: May 1 and May 2

Breath~Body~Mind© Course with Dr. Brown & Dr. Gerbarg
Location: Subud: 230 W. 29th St. (Between 7th & 8th) 4 Blocks South of Penn Station 1 Block From the #1 28th Street Stop

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

In January 2010, Gretchen Wallace, founder and director of Global Grassroots contacted us (Dr. Brown & Dr. Gerbarg) for suggestions about breath practices for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. As an experienced yoga teacher who had spent 2 years empowering women in Ruanda, she was able to quickly get enough information to adapt Coherent Breathing for the needs of Haitian women. She initially taught a group of 50 women who responded very well. Gretchen then asked us to provide a one-day trauma training. On February 27th, 10 yoga teachers participated in our training focused on simple breathing techniques to relieve anxiety and PTSD in survivors of mass disasters. Participants also learned techniques to relieve secondary trauma that they would absorb in the course of their work. One week later, two of the teachers (Gretchen and Barbara) left for Haiti. We want to share their experiences working with survivors of the earthquake using excerpts from the journal of Barbara Johnson.
“March 2. Lule came into the courtyard, and recognized Gretchen. She rushed over and began gushing in Spanish, telling us that each week since Gretchen's first teaching, the women had re-convened at AMURTEL on Wednesday nights, and that 80 women and girls had come the last time.

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.
Gretchen asked if they had questions. Someone asked again, “why is this good?” which led to another discussion in which they described feeling numb, back pain, not being able to sleep. The older women were much more vocal. Finally, we demonstrated the belly breath, and asked them to lie down and begin to breathe. We had no sound system for our “Two Bells” CD [Respire-1 Coherent Breathing], so I counted and chimed with a temple bell. I felt a bit fast and not exact on the count but we had nothing else.

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 lovely—absolutely 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!

March 9. This day we were able to take the program to a group of volunteers assembled by Kelly at the Haiti Relief Coalition, with the recognition that they, too, were stressed without much relief. This was the first time we were able to do the program fully as we had been taught. We were in an airy house and this time we had a sound system for the “Two Bells”. We needed an interpreter for one man, so it was slow, but they were a very receptive group and it felt good. They expressed physical feelings that we were able to name as releasing trauma. One overwhelmed mother of a toddler fell asleep. We had them breathe for 10 minutes, finished with a native American chant which sounded lovely in our tiled room. I think they were all pretty affected by the difference in the way they felt. Kelly told us she'd not been so relaxed since she arrived in Haiti.”

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)
International Breathwork Training Alliance: Excellence in Professional Breathwork

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
Founder and Board President Executive Director Program Director
P. O. Box 820 888-4K4-YOGA
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417 www.kulaforkarma.org


Professional Lectures and Conferences

April 16
Ackerman Institute, New York
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Faculty: Richard Brown, MD and Patricia Gerbarg, MD
The Ackerman institute for Families
Breathwork and Meditation for Therapists: Integrate Stress-Reduction Techniques
Psychotherapists looking to compliment their practices can benefit greatly from mind-body practices rooted in yoga, qigong and Buddhist meditation. Coherent Breathing and Open Focus Meditation are two highly effective self-regulation techniques that help to relieve anxiety, improve focus and increase one’s feeling of well-being.
Coherent Breathing—which involves rhythmic breathing that, with practice, can be done during daily activities—enhances and optimizes brain, heart and lung function and stimulates the nervous system’s relaxation response. Open Focus meditation complements the practice of Coherent Breathing.

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
Tuition: $125
CE Credits: 5


April 23, 2010
Building Connections: The Sexual Assault & Mental Health Project in collaboration with Marist College presents
Trauma Training Breath~Body~Mind: Empowering the Healer and Client
Trainers: Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg
Marist College Nelly Goletti Theater 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-575-3000
Dr. Brown is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and certified teacher of QiGong, yoga, Aikido (4th Dan), and meditation. Dr. Gerbarg, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College, facilitates research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg will present a comprehensive neurophysiological theory of the effects of yoga breathing on the mind and body, particularly its benefits in anxiety, depression, trauma, and violence. They will review clinical studies of these practices for PTSD. Afterwards they will teach teachniques that can be used to relieve symptoms of PTSD and stress incaregivers.
Registration Fee: $25 including light breakfast and lunch
Seating is limited. Please register before April 19th at www.nyscasa.org
For directions to Marist: http://www.marist.edu/about/directions.html
A limited number of scholarships are available.
Questions? Please contact: Chrys Ballerano at (518) 482-4222 x308; cballerano@nyscasa.org. or Lorraine McMullin at (518) 434-0439 x211; lmcmullin@mhanys.org


Emotion in Motion: Transforming Trauma through the Body
April 24 at 12:30- 3:30 hOMe Yoga Experience, 370 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ taught by Trauma Therapist Teresa Bennett-Pasquale, LCSW and Yoga Teachers Geri Topfer, E-RYT and Penni Feiner, E-RYT. Workshop on trauma, yoga, and mind/body healing. Useful for social workers, mental health counselors, psychotherapists, yoga teachers, body workers, nurses, physical therapists, and other health professionals.

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:
Integrate Stress-Reduction Techniques into Your Practice
with Richard P. Brown, MD at the New York Open Center May 7, 7-10pm 22 E. 30th St., NY, NY 10016
Psychotherapists and other healthcare practitioners looking to complement their practice can benefit greatly from mind-body practices rooted in yoga, qigong and Buddhist meditation. Coherent Breathing and Open Focus Meditation are two highly effective self-regulation techniques that help to relieve anxiety, improve focus and increase one’s feeling of well-being. Coherent Breathing—which involves rhythmic breathing that, with practice, can be done during daily activities—enhances and optimizes brain, heart and lung function and stimulates the nervous system’s relaxation response. Open Focus meditation complements the practice of Coherent Breathing. Through 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.

Ph: 212.219.2527 or 212.219.2527
Registration: www.opencenter.org 10WP22M Approved for CEUs Members: $40 / Nonmembers: $45


May 22-25, 2010
American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
New Orleans Courses with Richard P Brown, MD and Patricia Gerbarg, MD
Information & Registration: www.psych.org
Full Day Course #CO07 Saturday, May 22 9am-4pm: Complementary and Integrative Treatments for Stress, Depression, Anxiety PTSD, Mass Trauma, Cognitive Function, ADD, and Schizophrenia

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 9–16, 2010
LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety: Level 1 with Amy Weintraub
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires western Mass.

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
Kripalu: 866-200-5203


Fall 2010 Date to be announced.
Neuropsychoanalytic Study Group, New York sponsored by The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis
1:45-3:00 pm Neuro-psychoanalysis and Yoga for Treatment of PTSD
Patricia Gerbarg, MD
Information : Neruro.NPAP@gmail.com or 212-288-0760 http://neuro-npap.org


Dr. Richard Brown Offers Space in His Manhattan Office
Looking to rent one comfortable, large, sunny psychotherapy office in a ground floor suite staffed by psychiatrists and psychologists at 30 East End Avenue (between 80th and 81st). Spacious waiting area with 2 bathrooms for clients. Utilities (A/C, electric, water), maintenance and cleaning included. Currently available all day Monday, Tuesday, Wed, Friday, Sat, Sun, and Thursday after 6 PM. Contact: Dr. James Spencer at 212-249-3160.


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 and Gerbarg PL: Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Part II – Clinical Applications and Guidelines. J Alternative and Complementary Med. 11(4):711-717, August 2005.

Brown RP, Gerbarg PG, Muskin PR. Chapter 108 Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry in Psychiatry 3nd Edition edited by Tasman A, Kay J, and Lieberman J. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, London, UK. 2008, Pp 2318-2353.

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/
2009/April/Yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression

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.
Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, New York Medical College, has a clinical practice in psychiatry and provides consultation for research on mind-body practices.