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Seminar – Yoga & Meditation

I offered the fifth seminar at Venture Inward  on March 24, 2016 from 6.30 to 8.30 pm (1). Attended by 12 people – 9 female and 2 male and one girl. A folder containing my key handouts  and sample testimonials was given to each participant (2), (3). 

Scanned images of the feedback forms (w/o indetities) – PDF

Summary of the Feedback

I will use this technique for my (concern) 

  • Falling asleep
  • Mental relaxation
  • Sleep and relaxing
  • Stress and sleeping
  • Asthma
  • Sleep and relaxation
  • Energy (mental), Focus, Calmness, Sleep
  • Stress reduction
  • Stress, sleep
  • Spiritual health
  • Relaxation, when stress increases
  • Family stress

My ‘Take home’ points

  • To calm ‘Monkey mind’; I like the idea of a back door to meditation. I am going to try this! Thank you!
  • This helped me understand meditation better. Breakthrough!
  • Breathing using fingers, stretching on Yoga mat.
  • Relaxing.
  • Practice breathing.
  • Easy to do.
  • Several of the breathing methods, yoga stretches.
  • Stretches, Great breathing techniques.
  • Practice, enjoy, let it happen.
  • Don’t worry about your breaths. Some are short and some are long.

Seminar evaluation

  • Very satisfied – 12

Comments

  • I live in Cambridge, so it is too far to come for a meditation group.
  • Awesome.
  • I will most likely contact ‘C S’ to further the practice.
  • Very enjoyable, do-able, for all ages/ body types.
  • I thought it was great.
  • Can’t wait to teach the grandkids and use it for myself.
  • Would love to continue more workshops to add to what we have learned and make sure I am doing it correctly, to remember the techniques.

I recommend this seminar to (groups)

  • Yes – 2
  • Friends.
  • As always I do – to Venture Inward folks. (Margaret Kaufman the owner of this business, a clinical hypnotist).
  • Anyone -Seniors – Healthcare providers – Caregivers of ill family or friends – kids.

I wish to

  • Receive annual updates on ‘focusing on breathing’ – 8
  • Enrol for follow up classes on today’s techniques – 7
  • Join a support group for Meditation – 5

(1) ‘Venture Inward’ at 568 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush NY 12061
(2) Documents for download – All handouts
(3) Sample testimonials – 16

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+ Stress reduced

Feedback from Joanne (not real name) who attended my classes along with her husband. Her husband could not come after the first class. She was referred to me by Rani Gandham MD (Pediatrics) for her husband’s sleep problem. He was recovering from major neck surgery. Her responses to my questions is here.

(A) How is your husband doing?

He is doing much better.

(B) What were the problems you had before doing the classes and the stress level at that time?

  • Stressed out thinking about health of husband (his suffering from pains after surgery) was 8 out of 10.
  • My work related stress was 5 out of 10.

(C) The practices that you learned from the classes which worked for you.

  • Realizing from your counseling that in spite of my great love for him and desire to ease his suffering, I can’t share his pains. He alone has to bear them. This thinking eased my stress remarkably.
  • Breathing reduced my overall stress (1).
  • Listening to my networking friend was a recurring source of stress for me. As suggested, I stopped picking up her calls, allowing her to leave a message. This helped.
  • I also practiced the ‘Tongue tip positioning’ suggested at the two times that created lot of stress for me: when listening to my hyper friend and also listening to  the attorneys arguing for their clients as part of my office work. This practice has made a huge difference (2).

(D) Where did you practice?

  • At home
  • At work

(E) The benefits or improvements you felt

I am much calmer.

(1) ‘Focusing on breathing’
(2) Tongue tip positioning (Releasing tension in the jaws) 

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Seminar – Voorheesville Library

The first seminar at the Voorheesville Public Library was on February 9, 2015 from 7 to 8.30 pm (1). Attended by 11 people (9 adults and 2 teens. A folder containing my key handouts  and sample testimonials was given to each participant (2), (3). It was remarkable that so many turned up in spite of the severe snow storm throughout the day and still going on at the time of the seminar.  

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Summary of the Feedback

I will practice this technique for my (concern) 

  • Daily stress and mind focus
  • Stress, Relaxation
  • Calm my mind, reduce stress level
  • Anxiety and develop concentration
  • Hypertension
  • Pain, Tension, Stress
  • Stress level and Migraines
  • Focusing practice
  • Better sleep, Less stress
  • Stress level
  • Anxiety, Falling asleep, Concentration

My ‘Take home’ points

  • Incorporate breathing technique into my daily routines, especially upon waking up and going to sleep.
  • I plan to use the breathing techniques, they seem very effective.
  • Start, just start the practice and take steps to meditate.
  • Different counting techniques, Can do lying down (yes!). Also it is OK to count (I was taught to be quiet, no thoughts) – so helpful.
  • Breathing, Posture, and Better focus.
  • Relax.
  • Try to use the technique in everyday activities. Use the technique before I fall asleep.
  • How to relax by controlling my breathing.
  • Will practice with my 4 year old grandson. It will help to count, this will help concentrate my mind.
  • To try it at night and in the morning as a start. Don’t worry about rules, just do it!
  • Meditation can be used anytime and anywhere, “each breath  is a life”. “You can’t change people’s actions, you can only change your reaction.”

My expectation from the seminar is fulfilled to level 

  • A+ – 1
  • A    – 8
  • B    – 2

Comments

  • Thank you – much food for thought.
  • A appreciated your philosophical perspective in reinforcing the importance of meditation and mind/body.
  • A little hard to her you with the heater running.
  • I had a very hard time hearing the presenter’s soft voice and missed some of the talk. Seems to be an excellent way to quite the mind. I am excited to try it at home.
  • My husband always tried to get me to meditate but the way you broke it down made it more understanding and simple.
  • Great tips! Am eager to try the technique.
  • I like that there are no rules.
  • I really enjoyed the presentation. I am looking forward to trying the breathing. I will consider contacting you about more classes.
  • I loved your presentation and I know I will be able to use these techniques to help me relax.

I recommend this seminar to (name the group)

  • May be my book group. If there is enough interest I will contact you.
  • Anyone. it is easy and free.
  • College students dealing with stress.
  • The teachers at my school.
  • Everyone could use these methods.

(1) Voorheesville Public Library
(2) Documents for download – All handouts
(3) Sample testimonials – 16

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+ Feedback from Elementary School Children

I conducted 3 after school classes on ‘Focusing on breathing’ at Robert C. Parker School for 2 boys and 1 girl  in March/April 2014 (1) (2). The way the classes were done is explained at (3).The feedback form the children and parents is presented below.

Parent’s feedback
  • “I think breathing practice is beneficial for my daughter  in managing her impulses. She seems to enjoy the breathing practice in your class. When I prompt her to practice, though, she sometimes insists that she does not want or need to do it.  I am working on coaxing her to do the breathing practice with me. I would like to make it a regular practice for both of us. I think it would be good to do in the mornings and evenings, and then hopefully the practice will help her managing through the day as well”. My response to this mom is at (4).
  • “My son tends to do his breathing while he’s trying to fall asleep. I’ve observed him utilizing it over the past week, during an anxiety provoking situation.   The mode he tends to use is deep breathing while counting in his head.”
 Children’s feedback 

What times did they practice?: Most common were bedtime and morning. But some practiced at breakfast and evening also.

What modes did they practice?: Collectively – Folding mode, Tip mode, Segment mode and Counting mode.

Why did they practice?: Each of them gave different reasons.

  • Felt tired in the morning, practiced and felt awake
  • I got up before my mom and she didn’t wake me up as she was doing before
  • When I got home from school,  I was mad and I did the breathing.
  • Middle of the day – helped me not watch TV
  • When I had a headache I did the breathing and my headache go away.
  • When I was mad with my friend

How did the breathing help?

  • Helped me get to sleep, wake up and eat breakfast
  • When my dog got crazy, I did the breathing and my dog calmed down! (watching me doing the breathing)
  • Helped me go to sleep
  • It calmed me down when I was mad
  • When I was hyper, I would do the breathing and it calms me down

I like the breathing because

  • It is fun and relaxing
  • It is good for me. My mom wants me to teach her. I will teach her when I learn all.

(1) How Can I Focus On Breathing?
(2) Robert C. Parker School
(3) How were the classes done?: In the first class, they were shown and practiced the ‘Folding mode’, ‘Tip mode’ and ‘Counting mode’. In the second class, we reviewed the previous modes and they were shown’ ‘Staring mode’ and ‘911’ mode’. In the third class, they were suggested how they could use the techniques at bedtime, on waking up and any other times they needed. In every class, they filled out a feedback form with the questions (a) When did I practice? (b) What mode did I practice? (c) Why did I practice? (d) How did the breathing help?
(4) My response to the girl’s mom: (a) It is better for her long term success not to coax her. Let the practice grow organically over some months, so that it becomes a part of her coping skills to help her all her life. (b) Our role is to encourage her own practice without making her feel like she is doing a chore. She is basically right that she would practice when she needed it. The exceptional situations where we should proactively suggest to practice are at bedtime which most children love to do anyway, when we see them upset, hyperactive, angry etc. (c) When she is in a good mood and you feel it is the right time, you can try practicing along with her, allowing her to practice her favorite mode and you can practice your own choice mode.

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* Seminar at the Hope Club

My monthly seminar at the Hope Club (1) was attended by one woman aged 70 who had surgery and chemotherapy for ovarian cancer at the Albany Medical Center. She is due for CT scan this May. Her sleep was OK before, but now she wakes up around 2 am and has difficulty going back to sleep. At end of the seminar she felt relieved that she will be able to use this technique (2) to get back to sleep and reduce her stress.  

Scanned image of her feedback form

She reported

  • Her expectation from the seminar was fulfilled to grade A+.
  • She would use the technique for her stress over ovarian cancer
  • Her take home from the seminar was “Very relaxed. My shallow breathing has improved.
  • She would recommend the technique to her friend with migraines.

(1) Hope Club of the American Cancer Society
(2)
How Can I Focus On Breathing?

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* Seminar at East Greenbush Library

I offered the 11th seminar at East Greenbush Community Library (1) on April 16, 2014 from 7 to 8.30 pm. Attended by total 14 adults, 12 female and 2 male. A set of my key handouts (2) was distributed to every participant.

Scanned images of Feedback forms

Summary of the Feedback

I knew about this seminar from 

  • Library newsletter – 4
  • Library website – 2
  • Sign in the library – 2
  • Friend – 2
  • My sister
  • Dr. Padma Sripada’s office
  • Prior seminar by same speaker years ago at Curves (East Greenbush – which has closed a couple of years back)

My expectation from the seminar is fulfilled to Grade …

  • A+    8
  • A       3
  • B+     1
  • No comment

I will use this technique for my (concern) 

  • Better sleep, Relaxation, Health, Reduce stress
  • Sleep – 2
  • Helping me sleep better
  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Stress release, Improve anger
  • Stress, Grief, Pain, Insomnia, Worry and Relaxation
  • Anxiety, Worry and Stress
  • Anxiety
  • To quiet my mind
  • To concentrate
  • Relaxation

My ‘Take home’ from the seminar ….

  • Practice and stick with it
  • How to sleep faster
  • Calmness, Acceptance
  • I really enjoyed the class, I hope this will help turn off my monkey mind when I try to sleep!
  • Very important breathing technique that I didn’t know
  • “Practice”
  • Breathe
  • Hope for less stress and anxiety, peace and serenity in our lives (husband and myself)
  • I am making a commitment to do this in the morning and night
  • Take time to practice the technique
  • I hope these techniques will help me sleep better
  • Live in the present, not in the past or future
  • Easy technique that I will try on obesity. Hope it works.

I recommend this seminar to (name the group)

  • Sister
  • Teen groups
  • Anyone young or old
  • You should teach this in every school
  • To my friends and family
  • My sisters

(1) East Greenbush Community Library
(2) Documents for download – All handouts

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* Dramatically helped me when driving

Testimonial from a client who attended 3 of my classes. 

“My husband and I recently completed three classes on stress management and “focusing on breathing” with Suryanarayana Chennapragada (C S) (1).   I can’t recommend it enough.

In addition to helping me sleep better, it has dramatically helped me when driving.   I practice my breathing when I am stopped at red lights as well as when I am caught in traffic (2).   It really helps relax me and slow down.

I also practice my breathing when I am cooking, while at work and at night when trying to unwind from a stressful day. I practice my breathing on a daily basis in all types of situations and the more I do it the more I love it (3).

It is so simple and yet so effective.   Hard to believe that something so easy could be so helpful.

Try it.   I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.  C S is very personable, friendly and informative.”

(1) Seminars and classes by appointment
(2) Focusing on breathing during driving interruptions
How to drive like a Buddha
Staring mode
(3) Daytime practice

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* I am building a ‘New Me’!

Feedback from a client who achieved life changing benefits by practicing the ‘Focusing on breathing’ (8) initially on his own from my handouts and then attended 10 of my classes so far over last 6 months (3) . His previous reports are at (9).

“As someone who has fought the proverbial battle of the bulge most of his life, I know how hard it can be to make life changes. I have been through the crash diets, to doctors and so on with varying degrees of success. However the weight would always come back. I had pretty much given up.

Then one day, I picked up a handout on breathing mostly because it said it could help with my insomnia (1). To my surprise, it did help a lot and with more then just my lack of sleep (2).

Eventually, I was convinced to try taking the classes. Through the classes I have been keeping a food diary and trying new changes in my diet (4). I was even watching a subliminal video (5). This isn’t like the crash diets I’ve been on and its not pills.

In keeping the food diary, I am able to keep track of what I’m putting in my body (when you fist start, you may be shocked) (6). I started my changes gradually and in a way that I didn’t feel deprived. The changes I have made so far are

  • Drink water at least a half hr before food (7).
  • More whole unprocessed foods like vegetables and whole grains like brown rice and rye bread.
  • I added beans and salad to at least one meal a day.
  • And the real hard part – I cut down on my drinking beer and my meat (didn’t eliminate just cut down).

As I implemented these changes, I found my tastes have changed as well as my waistline from 46 to 44. I now only feel deprived if I miss my daily salad.

I have lost about ten ponds, in a sustainable way (300 lbs to 286 lbs in 5 months). I no-longer fear going back to the way I was.

I am building a ‘new me’.”

(1) How to enjoy quality sleep and conquer Inso

mnia PDF
How to enjoy quality sleep and conquer Insomnia Webpage
Relief from Insomnia – Success stories
(2) His first feedback on Insomnia and Stress
(3) Seminars and Classes
(4) His diet ‘before’ did not contain any significant vegetables, fruits or whole grains. Daily calorie count was above 3000 calories. He was drinking 20 measures of beer a week.
His ‘after’  classes  diet has regular salad, fruits, whole grains and beans. Beer cut down to 3 measures a week.  Daily calorie count gradually came down to around 14oo. He is steadily losing weight, coming down from 300 lbs to 286 in 5 months. Waist girth came down from 46 inches to 44. Best part is he developed taste for the healthier diet items and confident of keeping it up.
(5) I shared with him the free Subliminal video referred by another a person who came to my seminar and became a practitioner.
(6) I opened one google spread sheet for one week and shared with him. It is pre formatted so he can just post items and calories consumed through the day and instantly see the calorie count, daily and weekly. Just seeing the calorie count tremendously motivated him to control high calorie foods and empty calorie items like  like beer. I have been suggesting small changes periodically and motivating him to sustain the changes during the classes and on-line.
(7) Drinking water right quantity at the right time<
(8) How can I ‘focus on breathing’? 
(9) His previous reports
Relief from Depression, Addictions, Anger and Disturbing thoughts
Anger, Anxiety and Disturbed thoughts relieved
I cut back my mental health medicines
Insomnia and stress relieved

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@ Walking like an ‘Energizer Bunny’

Feedback from a practitioner who attended one of my recent seminars (1). He liked the technique and shared his experience that you can see at (2). He wanted to extend his practice to walking (3) and wanted a demo of the practice. I showed him at my office and he recorded it. His message below shows he liked it and found it useful. 

“I have been doing the walking and breathing exercises that you showed me in the busy and bustling New York City.

It has helped me to cope with the stress of the city and to walk fast, like a NewYorker LOL.  In fact I ended up walking faster than a NewYorker, more like an energizer bunny.”

(1) Past seminars
(2) Easy as 1-2-3 breathing method
(3) Walking practice

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@ Easy as 1-2-3 breathing method

Feedback from a participant of my seminar. 

“I did your recent breathing workshop (1). I have applied the technique and have gotten these very positive results (2).

  • I combined it with a muscle relaxation exercise to get into a quiet relaxed state at nights.
  • I use it on the tread mill during exercise (3).
  • I am able to reduce my heart rate under stress (4).
  • I even used it to improve my performance during sex (5).

It was a great investment to learn your ‘easy as 1-2-3 breathing method’.”

Update received after 1 1/2 years, in March 2015: “Yes I still practice breathing at nights when I get stressed. I also do while having intimate moments with my wife and it helps to prolong the experience. “

(1) Past seminars
(2) Benefits for mind, Body and Relationships
(3) Daytime practice
(4) Relief from Stress
(5) First report of its kind

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