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@ A practical no-nonsense approach that really works

Testimonial from Alfred (1) who had great hidden potential for meditation and spiritual growth that was just waiting for a spark to explode (sort of). His experience illustrates the quote in the spiritual filed “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”.

He found my website on-line among other local organizations for Yoga and meditation. He felt that he found what he was just looking for. He attended only 3 classes and took off unbelievably on his own, like no other client.

He has been kind enough to e-mail his insights and experiences (2) and let me publish them under the pseudonym ‘Alfred’. I am learning from his insights. I was puzzled why with all his inherent wisdom, he needed to learn the very simple breathing and stretching techniques I teach. When I queried  him and asked for his testimonial he sent this wonderful description. This is the kind of endorsement I was looking for all these years. These techniques do help people like him with hidden potential, to make a simple beginning and then keep going on their own steam.  I am grateful to  Alfred for this feedback and his periodic insights and experiences.

“I am a middle aged businessman who in most all respects enjoys a good life.  I have enough money to keep me from worrying, my relationships with wife, family and friends are good and so is my health.  Despite all of my good fortune I was aware for some time of some missing element in my life.  I had always been interested in the human mind and have read quite a lot about cognition and psychology.  The one message I received over and over again was that the practice of meditation with mindfulness as a goal is something which many very credible people advocate.

I did a quick Google search and found Suryanarayana Chennapragada’s (CS) web site.  CS has developed a simple meditation technique which combines counting breaths and simple yoga to create a calming disposition.

I met with CS and took 6 (3) private classes.  Since attending those classes, I have only missed 2 days of meditation, both because of international travel.

I like CS’s approach very much because, not only is it immediately effective, but also because it is not steeped in any religious dogma or “new age” philosophy.  It is a practical no-nonsense approach that really works well for me.

I look forward to my hourly morning meditation.  It centers me for my busy days, allows me to turn off the noise in my head and enjoy the present and it has enhanced my personal relationships. “

(1) Alfred 
(2) Alfred’s progress – Posts 
(3) Actually he attended 3 classes but felt they were six. May be because we had a great rapport!

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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

Scanned images of the feedback forms

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 Russell Sage College Troy

The introductory seminar of an hour was held on 9/26/12 for graduates and seniors of Nutrition at Russell Sage College Troy NY . There were 16 students and 2 faculty members. The seminar was suggested and coordinated by Teri Hutson Mulligan, Certified Diabetes Educator at Albany Medical Center.  Patty Delmonico was the coteacher for the class. I am thankful to both of them for letting me share this technique with their college students. The class is “Nutritional counseling through the life cycle”.  The  feedback from the participants is summarized below. The PDF document showing the scanned images of their feedback forms is presented after the summary. With this seminar, my dream of sharing this technique with college students was fulfilled.

Summary of  their feedback

The seminar was …

  • Very useful – 15
  • Useful – 3

I will use this technique for my (concern)………

  • To relax before sleep and while studying
  • Sleeping, Waking up, When stressed about an exam
  • Sleep, Stress and Anxiety
  • Sleeping and Stress
  • Insomnia and Anxiety
  • Helping to calm my mind before sleep, + When I am feeling overwhelmed about school
  • Anxiety  and Insomnia
  • Sleep and Stress
  • Stress and to help me sleep
  • Insomnia, specially trouble falling asleep
  • Anxiety and Insomnia
  • Sleep better (more soundly, wake up refreshed)
  • Stress reduction, Sleep aid and to recommend to others when I am a dietitian
  • To help me sleep and relax
  • Anxiety, Stress + Related issues
  • Panic attacks
  • Panic attacks

This technique can help improve sleep and reduce stress for ….

  • Everyone/ Anyone  – 10
  • Out-patients – 6
  • Inpatients – 5
  • Students
  • My work with kids
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Significant other

Comments/ Suggestions about the seminar

  • Wonderful
  • I liked practicing the technique in class, would be better if it was quieter
  • This was very simple and straight forward, I would not change anything
  • I love the fact that it is such a simple technique
  • I enjoyed listening to you. It was the most relaxed I have been during a seminar
  • Great! Relaxing and Informational
  • Thank you. It was very helpful and I will try to use the techniques
  • Include demonstration of deep breathing with stretching the body
  • Great job, Very useful information and interactive
  • The information and techniques shared were really helpful and I greatly enjoyed being able to hear where the techniques are applicable
  • Very  helpful and practical
  • Very interesting. Eager to try this out!
  • Interesting
  • Very interesting. I will try to put it into practice in my life

Scanned images of the feedback forms  PDF

Related pages
How can I focus on breathing?
Seminars and Follow up classes
Past seminars

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* Seminar at Taborton NY

The introductory seminar was held on April 18, 2012 at Taborton NY for the Adult Fellowship Group of the Zion’s United Christ Church. There were 7 participants. The feedback received from six participants  is posted below. Scanned images of their feedback forms is at (1).

Summary of  their feedback:

The seminar was …

  • Excellent –  4
  • Very Good – 2

I will use this technique to relieve my (concern)

  • Sleeplessness and stress
  • Worry
  • Sleeping
  • Stress at work and inability to fall back to sleep when waking up early
  • Yes – 2

Comments/ Suggestions (if any)

  • Very interesting and I can see it can work.
  • Very practical and and helpful! and easy to do! Thank you!
  • Well presented, very clear and helpful. Thank you!
  • Presenter was excellent in explaining ways to focus on the moment.

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