215/315 Integrating Breathing

Richard BrownPatricia GerbargRichard Brown & Patricia Gerbarg • Friday All Day
Research demonstrates that a few easily learned breathing techniques have powerful self-regulating, anxiety-reducing effects for clients, and that practicing these techniques ourselves can prevent the caregiver stress and burnout to which we’re particularly susceptible. In this workshop, we’ll review the neurophysiological research on the effectiveness of breathing techniques for enhancing cardiopulmonary function and strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system. We’ll then practice a variety of breath techniques, including Qigong movement, Coherent Breathing, Breath Moving, “Ha” breath, and Open Focus meditation.  You’ll learn from recent clinical studies and case examples how breath practices can facilitate healing from stress, PTSD, and mast disasters, as well as how breath/body/mind techniques informed by neuro-psychoanalytic theory, neuroscience, and mind-body understanding can be integrated with traditional psychotherapy modalities.  (This session will continue with Workshop 315.)

Richard Brown, M.D., an associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Columbia University, is certified to teach Aikido, Qigong, and yoga.  He’s coauthored more than 100 articles, chapters, and books, including The Healing Power of Breath.

Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at New York Medical College, coauthored Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD and How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health.

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