by Pat Vroom, PhD
Packet Online, April 2008
Judging from the number of articles in the popular press and the funding of new research, an increasingly high value is being put on psychotherapy that incorporates mindfulness. Mindfulness is short for mindfulness meditation, which focuses on self-empowerment through increasing awareness of being in the present moment. Since Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD first introduced us to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, we have seen an expansion of mindfulness-based programs to include anxiety, depression, addiction, eating, behavior, pain, high blood pressure, etc. One of the newest and most heavily researched of these programs is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression.
Yoga, Kicked Up a Notch
by Sarah Firshein
Packet Online for Central Jersey, January 22, 2008
In a sealed 100-degree room, the standing bow pulling pose becomes even more difficult and summons mental quietude for balance and stability.
It is a Thursday night in mid-December, but here in Skillman, it’s hot enough to make Dante himself sweat.
My T-shirt is already soaked, and my hands and feet are dripping with sweat; despite this, yoga instructor Kim Dodson quietly asks me to move into adho mukha svanasana, a posture that is known colloquially as downward dog. If nothing else, the inverted pose requires arm strength and leg stability, two prerequisites that don’t hold up well on a slippery yoga mat.
Still, Ms. Dodson remains encouraging. In the softly lit room that, thanks to space heaters, has reached just about 100 degrees, her voice both calms and motivates.
By Deborah Metzger
Packet Online, January 15, 2008
Are you really breathing?
OK, so you’re thinking, ‘She’s got to be kidding.’ Well, I’m not, but go ahead and have a good laugh – it’s good for you. Laughter is a form of breathing that revitalizes you and helps you to get rid of sad feelings.
But still, isn’t breathing one of those automatic things that I never have to think about, like my heartbeat or digestion?
Hospital Partners with a Yoga Studio
By Michael Redmond, Lifestyle Editor
Packet Online, August 28, 2007
Based upon the success of their initial collaboration in the spring, Capital Health System in Trenton and the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health will once again be presenting an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at the yoga center’s studio in Montgomery, beginning Sept. 24.
This is news, folks.
by Greg Vellner, published July 14, 2007 on NJ.com and in the Trenton Times
So severe was her depression, Amy Weintraub couldn’t do the simplest things.
She was unable to put two shoes in a shoe box. She couldn’t close a folding chair. Finding the right words was sometimes impossible. And then there was the check book.
“Once, instead of sending the amount on the invoice I was paying for my health insurance, I sent the entire balance of my checking account,” she says.
Like scores of others — 121 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization — Weintraub was clinically depressed. And like many of those sufferers, she was put on an antidepressant medication — probably for life, her psychiatrist told her.