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@ Simple techniques can help transform lives – Says a Doctor

Report from Padma Sripada MD (1). My comments are at (2).

“My female patient in her forties has been suffering for many years with anxiety, depression and insomnia, made significantly worse due to negative interactions with a supervisor at work. Her BP (Hypertension) had been borderline high at most of her visits. She was always visibly stressed and appeared on the edge. To control her symptoms she was on two anxiety medications and a sleeping pill.

Recently when she came in, she had a very relaxed demeanor. She told me she was off both her anxiety medicines since she does not need them any more. Her BP was in perfect range.

I asked her what brought about the remarkable change. She said she decided that she would change how she reacts to her supervisor. She would do the best job she can and not let anything else affect her. She does the breathing as recommended (3). She does not use her fingers to count her breaths (4) but focuses on her breaths (5). She finds that it calms her down significantly.

I was very surprised and happy for her, since her quality of life is significantly improved. It is a clear example of how simple techniques can help transform lives.”

(1) Padma Sripada MD (My daughter)
(2) I keep copies of my handouts in each exam room and waiting hall of Dr. Padma as I work in the same office as manager. Interested patients pick them up on their own. The doctor gives directly to some patients like this one, when she thinks they may be receptive to such techniques.
(3) My key Handouts – How can I enjoy quality sleep? (PDF) and Relax anywhere, any time by ‘Focusing on breathing’ (PDF)
(4) Counting mode
(5) Feeling mode

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@ Seminar at the East Greenbush Library

I offered the 9th seminar at East Greenbush Community Library (1) on October 22, 2013 from 7 to 8.30 pm. Attended by total 20 adults, 18 female and 2 male. A set of my key handouts (2) was distributed to every participant.

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Summary of the Feedback

I knew about this seminar from 

  • Library newsletter – 10
  • Library website – 3
  • Sign in the library – 2
  • Facebook/ Library home page
  • The Advertiser newspaper
  • The Hindu Center
  • My daughter
  • Friend

This seminar is …

  • I loved it – 1
  • Very useful – 14
  • Useful – 5

I will use this technique for my (concern) 

  • Pain, Sleep
  • Sleep
  • Fibromyalgia  and insomnia
  • To sleep + Relax
  • Sleep
  • Stress & Lack of sleep
  • Falling and staying asleep
  • Insomnia and stress
  • Relaxation, Sleep inducement
  • Restful sleep and alertness
  • Back pain and stress
  • Stress, migraines and back pain
  • Work stress
  • Migraines, stress and muscle stiffness
  • Stress
  • Back pain
  • Mindfulness
  • Mind clarification
  • Relaxation

Comments about the seminar 

  • It was very helpful, handouts are wonderful, atmosphere was calm even though we were sitting in a library
  • Handouts are very helpful, easy to refresh/ remember
  • Wonderful, excellent instructor, great handouts. Please do another follow up session.
  • Great, so easy something I can do so easily
  • Very friendly and informative and easy to understand
  • Presenter was often difficult to understand but was  good at demonstrating the techniques
  • It was very beneficial. Things like breathing appear simple but they are not.
  • Good, entertaining and useful
  • A very helpful was to relax, increase sleep etc.
  • Thank you.I am looking forward to trying these techniques.
  • Very interesting
  • I enjoyed it
  • Very relaxing
  • Thank you – Will try daily
  • Very good seminar, the hour went quickly and the content fit well in that time frame.
  • Very good
  • The information I have had before in things I read but have not been practicing
  • Interesting, worthwhile
  • Calming, relaxing, meditation techniques usually warn about falling asleep

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

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@ Insomnia and stress relieved

I was periodically meeting an young person in a store. He was obese. I gave him my handouts (2) and suggested to try the technique (1) at night, to enjoy good sleep (4).  Whenever I met him on business, I inquired about his practice and spoke a few encouraging words. I also loaned him two books on eating healthy (6). He practiced the ‘focusing on breathing’ technique (1) by himself for about 9 months. He told me that he had severe insomnia and depression for many years and was on medication. He shared the following feedback when he came to my first class. His previous report on cutting down his mental health medicines is at (5). 

Insomnia

Before: He had insomnia almost all his life. Sometimes he could not sleep for two days in a row.

Now: He has been using the segment mode (3) and enjoying sound sleep.  His insomnia is completely resolved.

 Stress at work

Before: He works in a packing and shipping store. Being the person responsible for handling customer complaints about damaged parcels, he had to face the angry outbursts of some customers, sometimes even threatening physical gestures. Such situations were unnerving and extremely  stressful to him.

Now: He is able to keep his cool in such situations. The claims due to damaged parcels upset the owner of the store as she had to bear the losses. She used to take out her frustration on the employees. One day all the employees were almost walking out of the store. This guy was the one who kept his cool and persuaded the other employees to stay back, explaining that the owner was behaving like that due to her own stress and she did not mean to hurt their feelings. He is surprised at this dramatic change in his own attitude and attributes it to his practicing this calming technique.

(1) How can I focus on breathing?
(2) Documents for download
(3) Segment mode
(4) Hows to enjoy quality sleep and conquer insomnia?
(5) His previous feedback on cutting down mental health medicines
(6) Two books:  “Eat more, Weigh less” by Dean Ornish M.D and “Mindless eating” by Brain Wansink Ph.D. He liked these books and started using the ideas from them, like cutting down his meat consumption. He also started practicing Yoga at home using a DVD. He lost about 20 lbs. as  a result.

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@ I cut back my mental health medicines

Second report (1) from a young man who practiced the technique from my handouts. He did not attend my classes  and I did not give him detailed instructions. When I met him occasionally on business, I used to encourage him. 

” I work in a stressful job where even taking time to walk away from a situation wouldn’t calm me down. At one point I was on three different medications for more than 2 years (3). I decided to try practice ‘focusing on breathing’ (2) because it was simple and I figured what could it hurt?

I started practicing it at night, so I could get proper sleep, then gradually moved my practice into my day. I made it a daily thing, even if it is just for a few minutes a day. I even found I was doing it with out thinking about it.

I could calm my mind more easily. Then I could go back to deal with a particular situation more clearly.

After a time of using the finger modes of the breathing technique (2), I was able to cut back one out of three of  my mental health medications. Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a cure all. I am still on one medication but one is a lot better then three (4). Plus with a clearer mind, I find my life in general more manageable, and I am finding I can enjoy my life again.”

(1) His previous report on insomnia
(2) How can I focus on breathing? 
(3) Xanax – 10 mg – for Anxiety;    Wellbutrin 20 mg for Depression and   Prozac 60 mg for Depression
(4) Stopped Xanax and Wellbutrin. Now only on Prozac – 60 mg

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@ Improved my relationship with my fiance

Report from a client aged 52 who attended three of my classes over 3 weeks.  He picked up the techniques very quickly, practiced in all earnestness and derived remarkable benefits in just 3 weeks. When I see improvement achieved by such people, I get the thought “How many people are suffering from not knowing these simple techniques or similar ones? Should we not teach them in school and college?”. 

His responses to my standard questions are here. 

  • What were the issues which prompted you do the classes?

* Insomnia: I have sleep apnea and using CPAP machine. I had a hard time falling asleep . I was waking up 2- 3 times in the night.

* How to manage stress

* Managing anger (as it affected my relationship with my fiance)

  • What techniques have you learned and practiced and at what times? 

I practiced ‘Counting mode’ primarily, the ‘Segment mode’ or the ‘Tip mode’. I also practice the ‘Staring mode’ when at a red light (1). I find myself being disappointed when the light turns green, as it interrupts my breathing practice (2). I also use the feeling mode (1) sometimes when at work.

I do the ‘waking up routine’ (3)-.

After returning from work, I lie down on the carpet with a yoga mat under just below the knee and complete four hands using the ‘Segment mode’ (1).

I do the going the ‘bed routine’ every night (4).

  • What improvements have you noticed in mind, body and relationships?

My insomnia has improved dramatically. In just the three weeks practicing these techniques, I have only woken up once in the middle of the night and I fall asleep much faster.

I’m much more patient in circumstances where I’m usually impatient such as waiting at a red light.

I feel much more relaxed. Especially after coming home from work and doing the after work routine. I feel incredibly relaxed after that, like all the day’s tension has gone.

It has improved my relationship with my fiance. I’m much calmer in situations where normally I would react in anger or feel tension rising within me. Instead of responding back to her in anger and frustration, I try ways such as telling her that I appreciate her feedback but I get negative feelings when she expresses it to me in that manner. This has worked in preventing the situation from escalating. I try not to feed the fire.

(1) All the modes are in this page “How can I focus on breathing?
(2) Focusing on breathing during driving
(3) Waking up routine
(4) Waiting for sleep

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@ Seminar at Albany Memorial Hospital for Diabetes Support Group

I offered the first seminar at Albany Memorial Hospital (AMH) for the Diabetes Support Group on June 5, 2013 from 6 to 7.30pm. This was set up by Marcy Pickert form AMH Diabetes Education Group. Attended by total 15 adults –  either diabetes patients or their family members. A set of my key handouts (1) was distributed to every participant. 

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Summary of the Feedback

This seminar is …

  • Very useful – 11
  • Useful – 3
  • Somewhat useful – 1

I will use this technique for my (concern) 

  • Agitated moments, Sleeping.
  • Help with sleep & Relaxation (Control less worries).
  • Insomnia, Relieving stressful situation, Helping with stress at work.
  • To help me fall asleep faster.
  • Sleeplessness, Sporadic or interrupted sleep.
  • Try to get up at a reasonable hour in the morning.
  • Work, Relax when facing a new or difficult task at work.
  • Relaxation.
  • Stress management and arguing less, Stop and think.
  • Stress and losing control.
  • High blood pressure, Anxiety and frustration of dealing with diabetes.
  • Relieve chronic pain for my hands. Pinched ulnar nerve in Mar 2010. Hands have not been normal since then.
  • To cool off after getting fired up.

Comments about the seminar 

  • Very relaxing.
  • Interesting relaxation technique (s).
  • I am looking forward to the results.
  • Speak lower as I was getting too relaxed.
  • You were very well understood. Demonstrations were useful. These should be given to high school students especially scholar athletes who need rest.
  • Very well presented.
  • Very enlightening – It shall work.
  • Rather repetitive techniques are common knowledge but presenter was very enthusiastic.
  • Very friendly and welcoming. One hardly thinks of managing such a basic process. But I will try diligently. He reminds me of Feldenkrais.
  • Interesting. No microphone.
(1) Documents for download – All handouts

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@ I finally had a good night’s sleep

Feedback from a young Engineer who just completed his masters and looking for a job. Seeing the great distress he was in, his friend, a patient of my daughter Padma Sripada (1) asked me to help him.  He did three classes at frequent intervals, as he was to leave Albany shortly. He learned the basic techniques – ‘Waiting for sleep’ (2) , ‘Waking up routine’ (3),  ‘Stretching for beginners’ (4) ‘Loosening exercises of Yoga’ (5). After he left Albany, I am continuing to work with him by periodic phone and e-mail contacts.

“Using ‘Focusing on breathing’ techniques helped me handle insomnia and anxiety in a better way. For a long time, I always got anxious during those situations where I had to deliver my best, to achieve success. Unknowingly, I was getting anxious, failed to control my anxiety and over stressed myself. Due to chronic high stress level, I lost my daily routine and had very poor sleep. I became restless, could not focus and concentrate on anything and failed to perform even minor tasks which were easily handled by me, during stress free times. I figured out that I had to get back to good sleep routine to help my mind and body. Even after knowing this fact, no matter what I did, I could not help myself to get sleep, for more than an hour or two at night.

I was advised by my friend, to meet Mr. Suryanarayana Chennapragada (C S). He carefully listened my problem and analyzed my situation with great patience. Later the same day, he walked me through his ‘focusing on breathing’ techniques, one by one. His breathing techniques are “very simple to learn and adapt”. That night I practiced the techniques lying on the bed. After a week of sleeplessness nights, I finally had a good night sleep. During three more sessions, Mr. C.S taught me how to use the breathing techniques in various combinations. As per his strong advice, I consulted a Doctor who  prescribed a medication to bring my anxiety under control quickly. I am continuing both medication and breathing practices. My long term goal is to completely depend on breathing practices, rather than medication.  I totally believe it is possible.  I thank Mr. C S for his “patience and dedication”.

(1) Padma Sripada M.D
(2) Waiting for sleep
(3) Waking up routine
(4) Stretching for beginners
(5) Loosening exercises from Yoga

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@ Seminar at the Bethlehem Central Middle School

I offered the first seminar at this school library on May 15, 2013. It was organized by the Bethlehem Healthy Kids Committee. Anna McMahon, a member of this committee and great supporter of this technique was instrumental in setting this up. Seven women, two men and two girls attended. I distributed select handouts from my website to the adults and children. (1) 

 Adults – Feedback

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I came to know about this seminar from

  • Anna McMahon – 2 responses
  • Healthy Kids Committee – 2
  • Husband/ Healthy Kids Committee
  • Posters at the school
  • Times Union – Bethlehem Blog
  • Healthy Kids Committee Face book post

The seminar was …

  • Very useful –  8
  • Useful – 1

I will use this technique to relieve my (concern)

  • Sleep, Stress
  • Sleep and Relaxation
  • Sleep, Stress
  • Stress at work and Insomnia
  • Stress reduction
  • Stress, Anger and Relaxation
  • Headaches, Anxiety, Stress I have with my family
  • Anxiety, Panic
  • Self and Wife

Comments/ Suggestions (if any)

  • I want to practice this and feel better.
  • Wonderful. Very excited to start working on this and looking at your website!
  • Great Presentation.
  • Very practical and user friendly. I look forward to practicing it.
  • I am really looking forward to trying this with stress and sleep.
  • Very helpful. I feel very relaxed after practicing this technique.
  • I had been feeling tense all day, but now I am feeling more relaxed.
  • Helpful. I have used other counting breaths methods but this simplifies the process so the focus is not so much on counting that you forget to breathe and just enough focus on counting and breathing to keep your mind from wandering.
  • Very practical. Great tips and modifications.
 Children – Feedback

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I am in ….

  • Grade 5
  • Grade 4
When I practiced the breathing I felt …
  • Happy, at peace and slightly sleepy
  • Calm and sleepy
I want to try this technique when I….
  • Can’t go to sleep
  • Am stressed at school
I think this practice will help me for ….
  • Sleeping and keeping my cool
  • Going to sleep

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Parent page: Past seminars

@ Seminar at Parsons Child and Family Center Albany NY

I offered a lunch time seminar for 30 staff members of Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany NY (1). These are professionals who work with children and families with special needs. This was organized by Marylynne Brady Johnson the Chief Training Officer at  Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI). Select set of my hand outs (2) were given to every participant. The scanned images of their feedback forms (without names) and the summary of their responses are presented below. I am grateful to Marylynne for offering me this opportunity. I appreciate the wonderful support from Melissa Mace of SATRI ever  since we started talking  about the seminar and for achieving such a wide participation. The professionals who handle difficult families and children  under challenging situations, experienced the impact of practicing the technique for a few minutes, during the seminar. With such a short experience they felt that this simple technique can help them, as well as their child and adult clients which shows the great potential of this technique.    

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Comments about the seminar

  • Very useful – 25
  • Useful – 4
  • Somewhat useful – 1

Titles of the participants 

  • Clinician – 2
  • Family advocate
  • Secretary
  • Social worker
  • Parent partner
  • Program assistant
  • Supervisor
  • Training coordinator
  • WSP (Waiver Service Provider)
  • HR (Human Relations)
  • HCI (Health Care Integrator)
  • School Psychologist
  • Not mentioned – 17

I will use this technique personally for my (concern) 

  • Sleeping/ sleep/ more restful sleep – Total 5 resposes
  • To get sleep, Relieve anxiety
  • Sleep and Focusing
  • Back pain, Sleep issues
  • Sleep, Relaxation
  • Insomnia, Stress, Eating
  • Insomnia and Relaxation
  • Better sleep and Overall  relaxation
  • Anxiety, Back pain, Sleeping
  • Stress reduction, Meditation and with my children for sleep
  • Insomnia, Grief
  • Chronic pain in hip, elbow and feet
  • Back pain and Stress relief
  • Stress
  • Stress and Focus
  • Stress relief, Dealing with anxiety
  • Anxiety
  • Happiness
  • Self and daughter
  • Work, Clients, Family

I can use this technique professionally for 

  • My clients – 2 responses
  • Myself on the job and with my clients
  • Working with children to relax
  • My clients as a relaxation technique
  • The clients I work with in my practice
  • Help parents learn to relax and lower their stress level
  • Some of the lads  I work with
  • Helping agitated youth
  • Teaching kids before impulses
  • Client use and staff use
  • Helping agitated youth
  • Teaching kids before impulses
  • Stress relief – 2
  • Stress, Anxiety, Smoking cessation
  • Kids/ Stress management
  • Stress and Focus
  • Stress reduction with children
  • Stress, Frustration
  • Centering, Calming and Mindfulness
  • Focus and Calming
  • Calm down
  • Relaxing
  • Frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Not mentioned – 6

Comments about the seminar 

  • Very simple approach that any one can use. The simplicity is wonderful.
  • Very clear, simple & useful
  • This seminar was very informative. The challenging part is putting it into practice.
  • So simple but so helpful and useful
  • Very simple & helpful. I know this stress but I forget!
  • Lots of helpful tips.
  • Very relaxing, helpful, excited to try the technique at home
  • I plan to start using this and will remember to be patient with it. I am so glad I came to this workshop. Thank you for sharing.
  • Extremely useful and easy to teach others.
  • Very clear and practical
  • Very informative, explained things very well
  • Calming and informational
  • I enjoyed it, very useful
  • I loved it, so simple. Great presenter. Very personable.
  • Excellent presentation. Very mindful & stress reducing
  • Like that there are several variations/ methods so people can choose one they like best.
  • Excellent presentation, clear and concise.
  • I really like the “nibble on the cookie” metaphor
  • Learned something new. Simple and helpful.
  • Very interesting – 3 responses
  • V. good
  • Good
(1) Parsons Child and Family Center: 60 Academy Rd, Albany, NY 12208

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@ Stress-relief, as easy as 1,2,3

This is a reproduction of the blog post in the Times Union Newspaper by Anna McMahon (1) who is a practitioner of this technique and also its great supporter. She was instrumental in organizing my seminar at the Bethlehem Central Middle School on May 15, 2013. I am grateful to her for the wonderful encouragement.

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Stress-relief, as easy as 1,2,3
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by: Anna McMahon

Free presentation: Focusing on Breathing, at Bethlehem Central Middle School (Library Media Center)
Wednesday May 15, 2013 7-8 pm

Presented by Suryanarayana Chennapragada (“C.S.”), at the invitation of Bethlehem Healthy Kids Committee.

We all know that modern life is stressful. Work pressures, school pressures, family and relationship pressures…everyone suffers stresses of one kind or another, and too much stress can lead to health issues such as headaches, insomnia, anxiety or panic attacks.

Relief may be at hand – literally. With the Focusing on Breathing technique (2), instructor Suryanarayana Chennapragada (“C.S” for short), demonstrates how stressful thoughts and feelings can be brought under control through a simple process of focused breathing, using the fingers as counters. No pills, no special equipment, no mystical concepts. If it sounds ridiculously simple, well, it is! Even young children can learn it, and people of any age can practice it.

My personal experience includes using the technique successfully to get to sleep, and to calm myself in anxious situations. A good friend of mine has found relief from debilitating chronic insomnia. On C.S.’s website you will find testimonials from people who have used the technique to overcome numerous problems, including quitting smoking, improving blood pressure, building self-confidence and increasing focus for work or study.

Everyone is welcome to attend the one-hour seminar hosted by Bethlehem Healthy Kids Committee. Come and try the technique, and see if it works for you. You have nothing to lose but your stress!

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(1) Blog link
(2) How to be calm Anywhere, Anytime (24)
(3) Testimonials 2012 (24)