Breath practices have been used since ancient times for physical, mental, and spiritual development. They can be used to raise energy of our mind-body-spirit, circulate the energy to remove blockages in our systems, and extend energy to others. We will present a sequence of mindful movements, breathing and attention trainings, for physical, emotional, and mental disorders including PTSD.
Dr. Gerbarg will briefly review the scientific basis for powerful effects of breath practices on stress response systems, defensive reactions, and social engagement/bonding networks. Images and video clips of effective Breath-Body-Mind programs for survivors of mass disasters include: 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Haiti earthquake, Middle East refugees, Sudanese former slaves, Rwandan genocide survivors, and Rohingya refugee children.
Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, an assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at New York Medical College, graduate of Harvard Medical School and Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, practices Integrative Psychiatry and serves on the APA CAIM task force. She researches mind-body practices for stress, anxiety, PTSD, and mass disasters. She and Dr. Richard P. Brown teach Breath-Body-Mind courses and co-author award-winning books: The Healing Power of the Breath, Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health (with Dr. Phillip Muskin), and Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (with Dr. Phillip Muskin) American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2017. www.Breath-Body-Mind.com