Workshops and Lectures

Breathwork and Meditation for Therapists: Integrate Stress-Reduction Techniques into Your Practice

Richard P. Brown, MD

June 22, 2018

Ackerman Institute for the Family
936 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

Psychotherapists can benefit greatly from mind-body practices rooted in yoga, Qigong, and Buddhist meditation. Coherent Breathing with gentle movements and Open Focus Attention Training are highly effective self-regulation techniques that help relieve anxiety and insomnia, improve mental focus, increase feelings of well-being, activate social engagement systems, and enhance capacities for bonding, closeness, and empathy. Coherent Breathing involves slow gentle rhythmic breathing and mindfulness of breath. With practice, it can be done during daily activities to enhance and optimize brain, heart and lung function, while stimulating the nervous system’s relaxation response. Open Focus training complements Coherent Breathing. Through the experience of repeated rounds of breathwork and meditation, gentle movement and small group interactions, participating therapists will discover these benefits. The neuroscience of breath practices and supporting research will be presented. The discussion of how to integrate these practices with psychotherapy will include case examples. Those interested in learning how to teach these practices to clients will obtain information on tools and opportunities for such training.

In this workshop participants will:


    Discuss the neurophysiological basis for the effects of Voluntarily Regulated Breathing Practices (VRBPs) on the autonomic nervous system sympatho-vagal balance
  • Access practice tools and further educational resources to enable clients to learn and maintain improvements attained through breathing, movement, and meditation practices

  • Learn the use of VRBPs for relief of anxiety, depression and PTSD in clients in clinical practice and in survivors of mass disasters


  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Register at: www.ackerman.org/training/workshops/breathwork-and-meditation-for-therapists

    Phone: 212.879.4900

    Email: ackerman@ackerman.org

    CEU Contact Hours: 5


Breath-Body-Mind for Transformation Introductory Workshop at Kripalu Yoga Center

Richard P. Brown, MD & Patricia Gerbarg, MD

June 29 – July 1, 2018

Kripalu Yoga Center, Lenox, MA

Learn breathing techniques proven to relieve stress and improve mood and mental focus. These benefits have been enjoyed by thousands of adults and children worldwide, health-care practitioners, yoga teachers, military veterans, and individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADD, cancer, and other medical conditions. Many people who have practiced these techniques say they have been transformed, and that they never would have imagined something so simple could be so powerful and helpful. This program also fulfills the prerequisite for Breath-Body-Mind Teacher Training Level-I.

Through movement, breathing, and relaxation techniques, you learn to:


  • Increase your stress resilience and renew your energy

  • Increase lung capacity, oxygenation, and cardio-respiratory health

  • Connect to your inner self and others

  • Improve relationships and empathic abilities.


Note Tuition includes a manual and the Breath-Body-Mind Level-1 Practice CD. Dress in casual layers and eat lightly before opening night. Please do not wear perfume.

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

Time: Friday 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am - noon

Information & Registration: kripalu.org/presenters-programs/breath-body-mind-transformation-and-well-being or Call: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 866.200.5203

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


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

6:30 – 9:30 pm


Members $40 / Nonmembers $45

18SHH34M

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


Breath-Body-Mind Workshop Plus for Transformation

Richard P. Brown, MD & Patricia Gerbarg, MD

August 6 - 10, 2018

Multiversity 1440
800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Embark on your own path of illumination in this workshop with pioneers in Integrative Health, Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, as they share a unique blend of advanced mind-body practices—breathing, tapping, movement, and sound healing.

Learn techniques drawn from qigong, yoga, Buddhist meditation, Orthodox Christian monks, and martial arts, and Open Focus Attention Training, designed to activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, raise energy levels, dissolve pain, enhance performance, reduce inflammation, and regulate mood.

Breath-Body-Mind Plus, a new expanded program, goes deeper into the practices and provides ample time to discuss how to use these techniques to address your personal goals.

This transformational workshop will help you develop your natural abilities to:


  • Renew and circulate your energy

  • Connect deeply to your inner self and to others

  • Improve relationships and empathic abilities

  • Recover the joy of being a child

  • Enhance physical endurance, cardio-respiratory capacity, and well-being

  • Refresh your mind, body, and spirit


Proven effective in published clinical trials, Breath-Body-Mind technique are being used to enhance wellness and to treat physical and emotional conditions in research studies, clinics, hospitals, schools, and for post-disaster relief in the US and other countries. This workshop fulfills the prerequisite for Breath-Body-Mind Teacher Training: www.breath-body-mind.com/breath-body-mind-teacher-training.php.

Register Online at: 1440.org/programs/breath-body-mind/

Or call: (844) 544-1440

Address: 800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066


Get Smart Naturally

Best Methods for Improving How Our Brains Work
Richard P. Brown, MD and Patricia Gerbarg, MD

August 10 - 12, 2018

Multiversity 1440
800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Learn how to improve and maintain optimal brain function with experts, Dr. Richard P Brown and his wife, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg. These dynamic speakers explain how they integrate herbs, nutrients, mind-body techniques, and mild brain stimulation with conventional treatments in a wide range of conditions, including:


  • Age – related memory decline

  • Dementia

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Attention deficit disorder

  • Learning disabilities

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Neuro-lyme disease

  • Chemical brain toxicities due to environmental toxins or side effects from prescription medications.


What you will learn in this seminar could help you or someone you know to:

  • Improve learning

  • Perform better on tests

  • Recover faster from a stroke or other injury

  • Prevent or delay brain aging

  • protect neurons


Through lectures, discussions, and experimental practices, Drs. Brown and Gerbarg share a wealth of information gathered from their research and more than 35 years of clinical practice. Their chapters on complementary and integrative medicine have appeared in major medical textbooks and they lecture regularly at national conferences and academic centers.

You will have a rare opportunity to discuss any questions you may have on the topics presented: see “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” with Peggy Sarlin and other interviews Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg.
This workshop is suitable for healthcare professionals as well as consumers interested in brain health.

Register Online at: 1440.org/programs/breath-body-mind/

Or call: (844) 544-1440

Address: 800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Recommended Reading:
Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Muskin PR. How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care. W.W. Norton & Company, New York. 2009.

Additional References:
Brown RP and Gerbarg PL. Alternative Treatments in Brain Injury in Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury, Second Edition edited by Silver JM, Yudofsky SC, McAllister TW. American Psychiatric Press, Inc. Washington, DC, 2004. Pp 679-696.
Brown RP and Gerbarg PL. Chapter 38. Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Brain Injury in Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury, Third Edition, edited by Silver JM, McAllister TW, and Yudofsky SC, American Psychiatric Press, Inc. Washington, DC, 2011. Pp. 599-622. ISBN 978-1-58562-357-0.
Gerbarg PL, Brown RP. Chapter 16: Breathing Practices for Mental health and Aging. In Lavretsky H, Sajatovic M, Reynolds C. Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Mental Health and Aging. New York, Oxford University Press 2016, pp 239-256. USBN: 978-0-19-938086-2.
Panossian A, Gerbarg PL. Chapter 13. Potential Use of Plant Adaptogens in Age-Related Disorders. In Lavretsky H, Sajatovic M, Reynolds C. Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Mental Health and Aging. New York, Oxford University Press 2016, pp 197-212. USBN: 978-0-19-938086-2.
Gerbarg PL and Brown RP. Chapter 28: Therapeutic Nutrients and Herbs. In: Psychiatric Care of the Medical Patient 4th Edition. David D'Addona, Barry Fogel, and Donna Greenberg (Eds.) Oxford University Press, Inc., New York. 2016, pp 545-610. ISBN-13: 978-0199731855, ISBN-10: 0199731853.