Does meditation have power to heal the body? In their research together at The Integrative Medicine Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Lorenzo Cohen and Alejandro Chaoul examine the biobehavioral effects of mind-body interventions such as meditation, yoga, and t'ai chi. They are interested in quality of life as well as the clinical outcomes of those undergoing cancer treatments, and they work to get the population as a whole engaged in mind-body practices to improve health and well-being.
During this workshop, in a vivid and interactive dialogue with the participants, Chaoul and Cohen will discuss the negative effects of chronic stress in our lives and the new frontier of mind-body medicine. They will focus on the landmark studies showing that practices such as meditation and yoga can change the way the brain functions and ultimately affect all systems of the body. Engaging in mind-body practices can lead to neuroplasticity (changes that occur in the organization of the brain as a result of experience) and improved well-being. Participants will be shown key mind-body practices for everyday life.
This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.
Recommended reading: Rinpoche, Tenzin Wangyal, Awakening the Sacred Body.