Patricia Gerbarg, MD, and Richard Brown, MD
Leading Edge Seminars
Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House, 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7
The Breath-Body-Mind approach has been praised by Daniel J. Siegel as “the essential skills we need to bring health into our lives”. Drs. Gerbarg and Brown, the creators of this approach, offer a unique fusion of evidence-based techniques drawn from yoga, qigong, meditation, martial arts, Open Focus Attention Training, polyvagal theory and neuroscience.
The Breath-Body-Mind approach is designed to activate mind-body communication pathways, raise energy, regulate mood, enhance performance and help dissolve pain. You will learn breathing techniques proven to relieve stress and improve mood, mental focus and performance. You will also learn mindfulness of breath and small-group processes to help enhance awareness of internal changes. All exercises and gentle movements can be done in an office environment, standing or sitting.
This approach has treated thousands of adults and children worldwide, including healthcare practitioners, yoga teachers, military veterans and individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADD, cancer and other medical conditions. Videos will illustrate research and outcomes of applying Breath-Body-Mind while supporting survivors of international disasters and humanitarian crises such as the 2004 Southeast Tsunami in Asia, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and the Gulf Horizon oil spill.
This training is relevant for health care providers who wish to improve stress, resilience, health and well-being such as psychologists, therapists, nurses, doctors, yoga teachers, schoolteachers and first responders. It fulfills the prerequisite for Breath-Body-Mind Level 1 teacher training.
You Will Learn:
Balance and strengthen stress response systems
Reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression and symptoms of trauma
Improve emotion self-regulation
Activate capacities for relationships, connectedness, compassion and empathy
Improve cardio-respiratory function
Sharpen mental focus for improved academic and work performance
Enhance performance in the arts and in sports
Participants will learn and practice sequences of movement, breathing and relaxation (Open focus, meditation, awareness).Richard Brown, MD
Patricia Gerbarg, MD
Drs. Gerbar and Brown will discuss the science of breathing, research studies, case examples and international relief programs.
About the Presenters:
Patricia Gerbarg, MD, is Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at New York Medical College. She practises Integrative Psychiatry and serves on the APA CAIM task force and the American Botanical Council board. She researches mind-body practices for stress, anxiety, PTSD and mass disasters. She and Dr. Richard Brown teach Breath-Body-Mind, co-authored Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD and The Healing Power of the Breath, and wrote, with Dr. Phillip Muskin How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health, and Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice.
Richard Brown, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University. He lectures internationally and has co-authored over 100 scientific articles, chapters and award-winning books. His neurophysiological theory, exploring effects of yoga breathing in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress-related medical conditions, has been supported by clinical trials. A certified teacher of aikido (4th dan), yoga, qigong, and meditation, he provides Breath-Body-Mind programs for healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, mass disaster survivors, first responders, veterans, schoolteachers and patients with serious psychiatric and medical conditions.