Workshops and Lectures

The Healing Power of Breath

Richard P. Brown, MD


Friday, July 20, 2018

New York Open Center
30th & Madison, Manhattan, NY

Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems, stress, and trauma-related issues, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and many would prefer not to take medications due to their troublesome side effects and poor success rates. In this evening workshop, Dr. Richard P. Brown offers us a drug-free alternative based on simple breathing techniques drawn from yoga, Buddhist meditation, qigong, and Christian monastic practices that have been scientifically shown to be effective. Learn how breathing practices positively impact the brain and calm the stress response, uplift mood, reduce cravings and addiction-related behaviors, balance the nervous system, and teach us how to make these practices an ongoing part of daily life.

An Evening Workshop: 
Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Members $40 / Nonmembers $45

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www.opencenter.org/power-of-breath


Breath-Body-Mind Teacher Training Level-1

July 29 – August 3, 2018

Kripalu Yoga Center, Lenox, MA

Prerequisite: Completion of a Breath-Body-Mind Introductory Workshop

In this first part of the three-level teacher training sequence, you learn to teach the core BBM techniques for stress, anxiety disorders, PTSD, military trauma, post-disaster, depression, ADHD, and stress-related medical conditions. Specific methods taught in this program include:


  • “Ha” breath, coherent breathing, breath moving, and 4-4-6-2 breathing

  • The Four Golden Wheels

  • Body scan, Guided meditation/relaxation


Increase understanding of neurophysiological effects of voluntarily regulated breathing practices on emotion regulation, bonding, and cognitive function. Practice teaching while faculty observe and offer suggestions for improvement. Attention is given to creating a safe container, tone of voice, pacing, accuracy of instruction, and trauma sensitivity.

With the completion of Level I Teacher Training participants will acquire the skills to:

  • Teach the core BBM practices to individuals

  • Assist others in teaching Breath-Body-Mind Workshops at the Introductory Level

  • Conduct follow-up session for those seeking ongoing practice

  • Offer further guidance to beginners in these techniques of self-regulation

  • Help develop programs in their communities and workplaces


Required reading and listening Richard P. Brown and Patricia Gerbarg, The Healing Power of the Breath book and CD set.

Information & Registration: kripalu.org/presenters-programs/breath-body-mind-teacher-training-level-1 or Call: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 866.200.5203

Presenter Information: kripalu.org/presenters-programs/presenters/richard-p-brown

Approved for CEU


Breath-Body-Mind Level-3 Teacher Training

July 29 – August 3, 2018

Kripalu Yoga Center, Lenox, MA

For students who have completed a Breath-Body-Mind Teacher Training Level-1 and Level-2

In this third part of the three-level teacher training sequence, you learn to teach the BBM techniques to individuals and groups. You also become qualified to training Breath-Body-Mind teachers up to Level-1.


  • “Ha” breath, breath moving, resistance breathing, 4-4-6-2 breathing, 4-4 breathing

  • The Four Golden Wheels

  • The Great Harmonizer of the Breath

  • Body scan, Guided meditation/relaxation


Dr. Brown teaches additional advanced practices such as Joint Mobility, Swimming Dragon, The Small Heavenly Circuit, Open Focus, and Group Processes

Sr. Gerbarg delves deeper into methods to integrate BBM techniques with psychotherapy and methods to enable individuals with mental and emotional challenges to benefit from BBM practices.

Increase understanding of neurophysiological effects of voluntarily regulated breathing practices on emotion regulation, bonding, and cognitive function. Practice training Level-1 teachers while faculty observe and offer suggestions for improving your teaching techniques. Gain confidence in teaching BBM sequences to larger groups. Attention is given to creating a safe container, tone of voice, pacing, accuracy of instruction, and trauma sensitivity. Support and guidance is provided to help you develop and adapt BBM methods to your own projects and work settings.

With the completion of Level III Teacher Training participants will acquire the skills to:

  • Teach the BBM practices to individuals and groups

  • Train BBM teachers up to Level-I

  • Develop novel applications for BBM techniques

  • Develop programs in their communities and workplaces


Required reading and listening: Richard P. Brown and Patricia Gerbarg, The Healing Power of the Breath book and CD set.

Recommended reading: Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD by RP Brown & PL Gerbarg
How to Use Herbs, Nutrients and Yoga in Mental Health Care by RP Brown & PL Gerbarg

Information & Registration: kripalu.org/presenters-programs/breath-body-mind-teacher-training-level-3 or Call: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 866.200.5203

Presenter Information: kripalu.org/presenters-programs/presenters/richard-p-brown

Approved for CEU