ACT: Tools for Calm-Alert Wellbeing Mind-Body Practices for Stress Reduction and Transformation Breath-Body-Mind Elements, Coherent Breathing Introductory Program
- Friday, July 31st from 1 - 2:30 PM
Presenter: Beth Abrams M.D.
ACT TEAM Psychiatric Consultant
Volunteer National Clinical Champion for Integrative Medicine in VA Medical System
Psychiatrist at Albany VA Medical Center, Associate Prof Psychiatry Albany Medical College
This will be a 1.5hr program to introduce “Breath-Body-Mind Elements” techniques and other mind-body practices for the ACT community staff development and self-care. Based on research of Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, these Mind-Body practices combine rapidly effective breathing techniques to relieve stress and improve mood, mental focus, heart and lung function, and endurance. These benefits have been experienced by health care practitioners, physicians, Buddhist monks and nuns, yoga teachers, military veterans, first responders, individuals with psychiatric challenges (eg. anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADD, Insomnia, Substance Use/Addiction) and medical conditions. The techniques have been helpful to survivors of abuse, terrorism, war and natural disasters (from Asian tsunami, Sept 11, 2001 WTC attacks, Haiti earthquake, Rwanda genocide, South Sudan war and slavery, and Gulf oil spill & Caregivers in the time of COVID & many more). Participants will be led through a unique sequence of movement, breathing, and relaxation/meditation techniques which can:
- Balance the stress response system for stress resilience and energy renewal
- Rapidly improve tension, anxiety, sleep, and mental focus
- Increase lung capacity, oxygenation, and cardio-respiratory health
- Improve recovery from negative life experiences or trauma
- Facilitate connection to your inner self and to others
- Improve relationships and empathic abilities
Presentations will include information on the neurophysiology of how breathing affects the nervous system, review clinical research, and present illustrative examples of Client and Staff experience.
Recommended to dress in comfortable clothes for gentle movement & breathing practice. Bring a water bottle. Bring a yoga mat, pillow or blanket if you’d like.
Please join us for an informative and experiential workshop.
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