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* 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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* I have been able to get to sleep

This is the e-mail message I received from a visitor to this site (name withheld). He found this web site, practiced the technique on his own and enjoyed getting back to sleep! Such messages keep me motivated in sharing the simple techniques.

I have been able to get to sleep

Using the breathing method of counting breaths, (1) I have been able to get to sleep. Thank you for your website.”

(1) How can I ‘focus on breathing’ when waiting for sleep?
Variety of success stories

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* Breathing breaks in the class room

This is a report from Lynn Schuster, a dedicated and innovative class teacher for grades 2/3 in Robert C. Parker School, Wynantskill, New York State (1). On my request, she shared with me how she developed the basic  technique of ‘focusing on breathing’ (2) to suit the needs of her students and herself in the class room. It is a wonderful model that has brought out the immense potential of this simple technique!

“I was introduced to ‘Counting Breaths’ along with my 2nd-3rd grade students four years ago. I watched my students, and felt myself, relax tremendously within a matter of moments as C.S (Suryanarayana Chennapragada) taught us the technique. The practice is now an essential part of the daily life in my classroom. We begin our ‘Morning Meeting’ each day, by “going into our silence.” Students are asked to “unplug” from their friends and to give themselves the opportunity to breathe quietly. We sustain this silence for at least three minutes. This year, I conclude this silence with what I’m now calling our five magical breaths. I count and students follow as we breathe deeply, a minimum of five times, together.

Even children who find quieting down extremely challenging can achieve silence through the peer influence that comes with group practice. I sometimes have to be patient and wait until we’ve all quieted down. In the afternoon when focus can be difficult, I usually have to add in soothing words of encouragement and very deliberately lead them through our counting out a minimum of five deep breaths. I will roam the room, praise individuals and the class. Everyone comes around.

This year, I’ve consciously incorporated breathing breaks throughout our day—at every transition and before starting anything new. This translates into a minimum of 5-6 breathing breaks a day. This year, I also committed to pausing what we are doing when I see even one student getting antsy or moody. In the past, I would have plowed through my agenda and put up with interruptions or a less-than-focused atmosphere. It has been proven to me through my commitment to taking breathing breaks that these breaks do only take a couple minutes. BUT their impact is profound and can carry through big chunks of time. Breathing together brings almost every child immediately into a relaxed mindset. I feel impatience and stress wash away too. We become a community again, working together.

I must thank YOU for teaching me to pause, breathe and help my students relax. I used to think the fun and laughs we had–and the connection/trust I strive to create with each student–would ensure focus when the time required it. But from your guidance and teaching, I saw that I needed to do something more. You’ve changed the way I live in the class and made me pay closer attention to what’s really happening in front of me.”

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I am grateful to Lynn for developing this great class room model of the technique. She helped me realize the dream I have been nurturing since the year 2002, ever since I realized the great potential of this technique in helping children calm themselves and focus.  I am  also grateful to Meg Taylor, Head of the school who let me, an uncertified and unlicensed person, experiment with this technique, unknown in the educational field and for creating an environment that lets such innovations flourish. I am happy they both let me publish their names.

I dream of more teachers drawing inspiration from this model and developing their own versions. They will be helping their students develop self awareness, the ability to calm themselves whenever they become aware of their anxiety or stress and act with self control. I feel these skills are more fundamental than reading, writing and counting and will be of immense help to them throughout their life.  Parents can also use this model at home to reinforce the class room experience. I feel when these children grow up, they will become better moms and dads with this additional technique in their parenting tool kit.

When I was working in a paper mill in India, I used this technique when I conducted small group meetings.  We all breathed together for a couple of minutes in the counting mode. It helped us focus better and be good listeners.

(1) Robert C. Parker School
(2) How can I focus on breathing?

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Relevant pages
Endorsement by Meg Taylor – Head of sdchool

Parent page: Training children in ‘Focusing on breathing’

* ‘Focusing on breathing’ helping three generations

Here is a wonderful feedback from a woman narrating how this simple technique is helping her, her daughter and her mom, all three generations

“Well I guess I should start out by saying that I am a 31 year old single mother that needed a little assistance with some unneeded stress in my life. Being a mother of two has been a wonderful, trying experience. I work full time and had a part time job to make ends meet. I was first introduced to the breathing (1) by my co-worker C S (Suryanarayana Chennapragada). I’m a very open minded person so I was willing to try anything to reduce the production of any grey hairs. On top of me being a full time mom and employee, I also had other added issues that needed to be attended too.  I have arthritis in my lower back which causes me a lot of pain.  I started the breathing mainly for this reason.  I would start breathing at night before I would fall asleep.   I noticed it didn’t take me more than 5 mins to pass out. I was able to clear my head and focus on sleeping instead of the 15 million different things I had to accomplish the next day or week. As I continued to do the breathing and speaking with C S, I was able to then use the breathing other times for many different things. I use it for when I’m stressed out and going through difficult situations.  I can see a difference with my attitude and how I carry myself and just how I feel. It’s been very uplifting for me so far………so I decided to share with my children and with my mother.

I have two children who are 12 and 8 years of age. The breathing didn’t go over so well with my 12 year old due to the fact that she isn’t that open minded and set in her ways. Now my 8 year old definitely needed the breathing. She was having problems in school with friends and her attitude along with taking instruction from her elders.  I started the breathing with her before she would fall sleep. She first found it to be a game that would buy her a little quality time with mom plus allowed her to stay up longer. After about a month of doing it together she would take it upon herself to do it alone. I could see the change in her attitude when she woke up and with her attitude in school. It was nice for a change, to receive positive reports from her teachers, instead of the usual negative ones. As time went on, I would catch her midway into the breathing and she must have fallen asleep before she got done counting the breaths.  I’d catch her with her finger stuck at a segment. She is also doing much better now with her relationship with her sister. They haven’t stopped fighting totally but the arguing has calmed down a lot.  She just is much more pleasant and fun to be around. The progress still continues……

On to my mother. My mother has many different health issues. Some that she has brought upon herself and the others she has developed.  For many years of living in the same house, she just always seemed to be very tense and unhappy. Plus she is a heavy smoker that smokes 4 packs of cigarettes a day.  I told my mother about the breathing and I also mailed her some flyers. She didn’t really believe that it would have an effect on her.  She put it off for a while until one day that she had to face a tough issue head on. She would call me up on a daily basis to inform me that she tried the breathing and she felt like a new person when she got up in the morning. From then on, she was doing it on her own. She realized that she could also use it with her daily lifestyle as well. This made a world of a difference. My mother always had a short fuse. My father has even given me his input. He called me thanking me for sharing this technique with my mother because she was so much nicer and easier to get along with now.  When we do spend time with my parents, I noticed it myself. She isn’t so quick to jump to conclusions and start yelling.  She still hasn’t tried to change her smoking habits but this is a bridge that I’m still trying to cross with her.  She at least listens to me talk about stopping smoking and how the breathing would help but she isn’t quite ready for that big step yet. I will continue to encourage the breathing for my family and friends. I figure if it worked for me then it can work for anyone………”

(1) How can I focus on breathing?

Related pages
Training children in ‘Focusing on breathing’
How to quit smoking by ‘Focusing on breathing’

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