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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.

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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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@ 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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@ Seminar at ‘Venture Inward’

I offered the first seminar at ‘Venture Inward’ (2) on October 21, 2013 from 7 to 8.30 pm. This was set up by Margaret Kaufman owner of this business and a Hypnotherapist. Attended by total 9 adults, 7 female and 2 male. A set of my key handouts (1) was distributed to every participant. 

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Summary of the Feedback

I knew about this seminar from 

  • E-mail from ‘Venture Inward’ – 7
  • ‘Meet up’ website (See (3)
  • A friend

This seminar is …

  • Extremely useful
  • Very useful – 8

I will use this technique for my (concern) 

  • Stress management/ reduction – 3
  • Anxiety
  • Making life more simple
  • Panic attacks
  • Relaxation and sleeping
  • Anxiety, Panic attacks and Stress
  • No Comment

Comments about the seminar 

  • Very calming, easy to follow. C S made it seem so easy yet so worthwhile
  • It was very good
  • Very useful
  • Moronically simple yet works liker a charm
  • Fun, interesting
  • Will use with patients I work with
  • Very well done, interesting
  • Very good, thank you
Nov 1, 2013: Received this mail from Margaret Kaufmnan who organized this seminar “Last Friday evening, Emily (name changed) attended our meditation circle and commented on how wonderful your “Focus on Breathing” program was and how impressed she was with your knowledge, instruction, patience and  gentle and encouraging interest in everyone.”

(1) Documents for download – All handouts
(2) ‘Venture Inward’ at 568 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush NY 12061
(3) Meetup.com

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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.
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@ “Thoughts are like dead leaves blowing in the wind” – Alfred’s progress

See (1) to know about Alfred. 

Practices

I had begun to worry about some aches and pains in my neck and hips and so I met with Elisa Cotroneo, a yoga teacher and somatic movement specialist. She was great and gave me some good advice on modifying my morning routine. I have begun to implement these changes and am already feeling an improvement. I have continued to develop the asana which I made up and am finding ever deeper relaxation from its practice.

Regarding your suggestion about extending the sitting meditation
It is interesting because I have begun to do that as a sort of natural progression.  When I find an asana (yoga posture) that makes me particularly tranquil, I will stop counting and continue the pose for some time.  I think these extended time frames are usually only 10-15 minutes now because that is about how long my total meditation time has increased.

Ideas

The Tree Metaphor
When meditating try to experience all those things a tree experiences- the touch of a breeze, sunshine, bird song, roots reaching into the earth, branches to the sky, the weight of being. Avoid all those human overlays such as anger, anticipation, and regret.

Thoughts  vs Ideas
Because we cannot just turn our minds off (and it would be dangerous if we did) I have begun to differentiate between thoughts and ideas as I meditate. My definition of a thought is that it is a fragment of an idea. Thoughts come and go, some good, some bad, like dead leaves blowing in the wind. An idea is a whole thing. It can stand alone like a large smooth rock on the ground. It can be looked at from different sides. The glue that holds an idea together is intuition. Here is an example of an idea – that the tranquility experienced from meditation is a baseline. To achieve tranquility is simply opening a door to a new space. The exploration of that space is what counts. When I meditate I concentrate on that idea (as well as my breath, my body sensations and my state of mindfulness). Keeping that idea in focus allows me to ward off distracting thoughts and achieve tranquility more efficiently.

Results
  • I took a long and stressful (busy traffic and bad weather) car trip helping my son move into a new apartment in Brooklyn. The rented van had extremely uncomfortable seats and we drove for over 7 hours. I used body awareness techniques I have learned from my asanas and ended the trip with no residual body stiffness.
  • I find myself striking up conversations with strangers or people who I hardly know more often.
  • Also, I think I am listening to other people better.

(1) Alfred

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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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@ 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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@ Seminar at the Castleton Library

I offered the first seminar at this library on May 2, 2013. Five people, all women, attended including the Director Amy Peeker. Four of the participants offered feedback which is summarized below.

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I came to know about this seminar from

  • Amy Peeker – the librarian – 3
  • ‘C S’ (my short name)

The seminar was …

  • Very useful –  3
  • No Comment -1

I will use this technique to relieve my (concern)

  • Exercise, Sleeping and Driving
  • Relaxation, Anxiety and Stress
  • Stress management, Anxiety
  • Difficulty some nights in falling asleep

Comments/ Suggestions (if any)

  • Very enjoyable, learned a lot
  • Just using breathing techniques can be so beneficial
  • Very clear explanation on the techniques and provided helpful tools to help individuals implement the techniques
  • Very helpful to actually practice the techniques while being observed to make sure we are doing them correctly. I am going to tell my daughter and mother  who both have sleeping difficulties about the counting techniques.

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@ Seminar at a Healthcare facility

I offered a lunch time seminar of one hour, for the employees of a healthcare facility recently. This was on the request of the Employee assistance program coordinator. There were 19 participants. I distributed a set of my hand outs (1) to each participants. The scanned images of their feedback forms and a summary of them is presented below.

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Titles of the participants 

  • Nursing student – 7
  • LPN – 2
  • Director/ Asst Director – 2
  • Unspecified – 2
  • Recruiter – 1
  • Faculty – 1
  • Mechanical Engineer (Boiler house operator) – 1
  • RN – 1
  • Housekeeper – 1
  • COTA – 1

The seminar was 

  • Very useful – 19

I will use this technique for my (concern) \

  • Sleep problems – 7
  • Reduce stress – 6
  • Anxiety – 4
  • Insomnia – 4
  • Relaxation – 2
  • Patients to quit smoking
  • Kids
  • Patients
  • Students, Patients, Self
  • Destress before and after my 12 hour midnight shifts
  • Long waits at the doctor’s office and air ports

 This technique can be taught to patients to help with their …..

  • Anxiety – 10
  • Anxiety on why they are in the hospital – 1
  • Anxiety with death  (Hospice Nurse)
  • Sleep / Insomnia – 7
  • Stress – 6
  • Pains – 4
  • Breathing
  • Not use drugs
  • Recovery

Comments about the seminar 

  • Very well presented
  • Very relaxing
  • Helps relax the brain
  • Excellent, simple
  • Interesting and informative
  • Very helpful – 2
  • Welldone
  • I like that there is nothing to buy and can be used anywhere
  • As we were focusing on breathing, instant calm
  • Wonderful, should be taught in nursing school 1st semester
  • Thank you for the new tease on stress relief
  • Thank you for your teaching
  • Thought it was great, he seems like such a nice man!

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* Seminar for ‘Glaucoma Practice of New York’

The introductory seminar was held on 8/15/12 for Dr. Sai Gandham and his staff at  the Lions Eye Institute in Slingerland NY. Dr. Gandham’s mother also participated. There were 6 participants. The feedback received from five participants  is posted below. The scanned images of their feedback forms are at (1).

Summary of  their feedback

The seminar was …

  • Very useful – 5

I will use this technique to relieve my (concern)

  • Sleep (to relax and enable sleep)
  • Stress and to calm my wandering mind at night
  • Stress, Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep, Work, Waiting periods

Comments about the seminar

  • Very  relaxing and educational
  • I liked learning how to breathe correctly and different methods of , Very relaxing.
  • Enjoyed learning the technique, will use it to reduce stress & enhance relaxation.
  • Very helpful and informative, definitely will ease my anxiety & trouble breathing while anxious, very peaceful.
  • Very useful, should have started in childhood. The seminar was  very  organized, effective and made very simple. We are impressed with the presentation skills.

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