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contemplative practice workshop

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

A workshop with 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.


Instructors: Joe Loizzo and Mary Reilly Nichols

Workshop Date: Saturday, December 9

Schedule: 10am – 5pm

Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

Tuition: $80

Registration: Register here or pay at the door


Image top-right courtesy Lotus + Pixel