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Transforming Everyday Trauma into Flow Through Imagery, Sound, and Breath-Work


10:00 am

Transforming Everyday Trauma into Flow Through Imagery, Sound, and Breath-Work
A Nalanda Institute Contemplative Science Workshop

Instructors: Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D., and Mary Reilly Nichols

What would it take to turn our human condition of everyday stress and trauma into a continuous flow of positive energy, chemistry and awareness. As mindfulness and loving kindness are becoming household words, we are finally confronting the transformative power of positive imagery, affirming vocalization, and intensive breath-work. Fortunately, recent breakthroughs in brain science and clinical research have begun to explain how they work, and why they may be the most effective forms of contemplative healing yet. In this daylong workshop, a contemplative psychiatrist and expert yoga therapist share their experience with these methods, and link them to cutting edge neuroscience on the mirror neuron empathy system and the vagal social engagement system. Participants will get basic training in the arts of imagery, sound, and breath-work, and taste for themselves how these embodied practices can have deeper, quicker, and more powerful effects on the nervous system than more familiar techniques. The instructors will lead an open dialogue on how such practices help protect the mind and brain from their default mode of reactive stress and trauma, and speed the cultivation of self-compassion, unbiased empathy, and altruism.

Saturday, December 9, 10AM-5PM

General:$80/Members:$72     CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Tibet House US Gallery
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

About the Presenters

Dr. Joe Loizzo

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D., is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar with over thirty years' experience studying the beneficial effects of meditation on healing and learning. He is is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he researches and teaches mind/body health. He has taught science and religion, the scientific study of religious experience, and the Indo-Tibetan mind sciences at Columbia University, where he currently is adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion at the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies.

Mary Reilly Nichols

Mary Reilly Nichols holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University and completed five years of residency in meditation ashrams in India and the US. A devoted student of Muktananda, she has taught yoga and meditation in New York City for over thirty years. Her teaching combines Iyengar, Integral and Anusara styles of Hatha Yoga with the Upanishadic tradition of the wisdom and experience of non-duality. She offers frequent workshops on classical yoga philosophy and psychology, including Advaita Non-Dualism and the Tantric methods of Kashmiri Shaivism. Currently, Ms. Nichols teaches stress management in psychiatric settings and is involved in ongoing research on the mind/body benefits of yoga and meditation.