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Mind/Body Skills Groups – Last Minute, Last Couple Seats Left—for the Locals!

Posted Oct 29 2010 12:24pm

(Are you interested? Do you know someone else who might be? Let me know ASAP—there are only a couple spots left! This is a new opportunity for the Rochester community—and pretty exciting, if I do say so myself! Look for more sessions in the future for special interests–medical students, wounded warriors, PTSD, emotional/mental health, and addictions…to name a few)

Introduction to Mind-Body Skills

Co-facilitators- Seema Khaneja MD & Lisa Beach PhD

We are all becoming more and more aware of the impact of our emotions and stress on our well being. Many of us may already be practicing meditation and relaxation techniques to help us better cope with our daily stressors. Yet perhaps we just need a little more support and education to own these skills fully and use them to create the changes we desire in our lives. Or perhaps we just are seeking a group that can support us in our individual practices.

This introduction to Mind-Body Skills is based on a course developed by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. The course has been taught to thousands of health care professionals worldwide as well as children and adults dealing with many different issues such as chronic and terminal illnesses, anxiety, depression, eating and weight concerns, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  We are very confident that this course can provide you with simple, fun and effective tools to better care for yourself, and in turn be a better resource for all others in your life.

The course will be taught over eight weekly 2 hour sessions. Each session is limited to 6 to 8 participants.

Highlights of course:

  • Overview of the stress response- flight or freeze
  • Soft belly breathing
  • Drawings/paintings to access inner wisdom
  • Imagery/creative visualization
  • Shaking and dancing
  • Gentle yoga postures with focus on breath and relaxation
  • Genograms- Understanding family patterns
  • Guided meditation
  • Symptom dialogue
  • Body scan and progressive muscle relaxation
  • Healing power of words
  • Emotional guidance scale

Dates: Session 1- Mondays 6pm to 8pm (November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; December 6, 13, and 20)

Session 2- Tuesdays 10am to 12noon (November 2, 9, 16. 23.30; December 7, 14, and 21)

Venue: Old Pickle Factory, 1 Grove Street, Suite 214A, Pittsford NY 14534

Cost: $40 per session; $300 for entire course. $20 deposit to hold place in course.

Sliding-scale option is available. Please let us know so we can make this work for you!

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Dr. Seema Khaneja at or 877-447-2231

Bios of co-facilitators

Seema Khaneja, MD is a physician with board certification in pediatrics. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC and completed her pediatric residency at NY Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, also in NYC. She is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Khaneja is the owner of Integrative Homeopathy in Pittsford, NY, where she provides individual consults in homeopathy, yoga and mind-body medicine for children and adults. She also writes about homeopathy and mind-body medicine for local and national magazines, and teaches group yoga and mind-body skills classes. She is the mother of an amazing 8 year old son who helps to remind her about the importance of playing and laughing often!

Lisa Beach, PhD is a certified Wellness Coach, and also holds certifications in plant-based nutrition, health education, and health and fitness instruction. She holds a PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Promotion and Education. She has conducted research that explores how and why women place high priority on health and sustain a healthy lifestyle over time. Lisa currently teaches health and wellness courses both locally and online, and owns Thrive Style Wellness, for which she provides corporate and individual wellness coaching services in the Rochester area. She specializes in guiding clients toward developing and reaching their own wellness and lifestyle goals, all while finding creative ways to make the journey both positive and fun.

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