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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.

Scanned images of the Feedback forms

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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@ 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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@ 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.

Scanned images of the feedback forms

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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(1) Documents for download

* 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.

(1) Scanned images of the feedback forms.

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* Seminar for the Edgar Cayce Group

The introductory seminar was held on Feb 7 at Bob Connor’s house in Cannon NY, the meeting place of this group. There were 7 participants out f which 2 had attended my  previous classes. The feedback received from the 5 new learners is posted below.

Scanned images of the completed feedback forms.

Summary of  the feedback:

The seminar was …

  • Excellent –   4
  • Excellent/ Very Good – 1

I will use this technique to relieve my (concern)

  • Asthma
  • Family upsets
  • Hopeless optimism
  • Racing mind, Tension
  • Sleep

Comments/ Suggestions (if any)

  • Introduction was too long, great analogies, simple, very powerful philosophies connected for me
  • Humorous and to the point
  • Fabulous
  • Nice combination of technique and story telling

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* Boy practicing at doctor’s office

Yesterday I went to the “Hope club’ of the American Cancer Society to offer a seminar. I asked Alana Streifert, the coordinator for the children’s programs at the club whether the children who were introduced to the technique were using it (1). She happily replied –

“Yes. They do. Recently I got a call from a mom to ask what was the breathing technique her son learned at the club. When the mom was at the doctor’s office she found her son touching his fingers and doing some breathing. She asked him what he was doing and he explained it to her. So she was curious to know about the technique from me. ” This is a case of the son teaching the technique to his mom!

Alana also said one of the parents who learned the technique was teaching the technique to other children.

This is one more proof that children will benefit from this technique, as it is simple, easy to remember and use  and seems to help them calm themselves on their own, with no prompt from the parents. Does it not make sense to teach this technique to every child, like we teach A.B, C, D and 1, 2, 3?

(1) Tip mode

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* “I practiced at my Dentist’s office”

I made a follow up visit on Nov 1,2011, to the kid’s group, at the American Cancer Society’s Hope club at Latham NY. There were 10 kids out of which 5 had attended my first session on Oct 4, 2011 (1) and 5 were new. There were 3 other adults. I asked each the five kids and adults who attended my previous session how they practiced the breathing technique and how they felt about it. Some of them said they practiced at bed time and some said they practiced in the morning. One 9 year old girl said she practiced at her dentist’s office, to calm herself. I asked her if she did it on her own or any one suggested to her, to use the technique. She said she did it on her own. See the amazing implication of this –

  • The 9 year old girl learned the technique and experienced its impact for about 2 minutes in a 15 minute group session. She received my 2 page hand out on the technique (2).
  • She clearly understood the technique and liked that brief experience. She internalized the technique, as her own self calming tool.
  • She was so comfortable with the technique that she remembered about it when she felt anxious at her dentist’s appointment and used it on her own to calm herself!

Does it not make sense to equip every child with this technique, as a simple and readily usable self calming tool, available life long, at no cost? Is it not as useful as the basic skills of reading the alphabets and counting the numbers? What an incredibly effective life long technique at no cost!

Some of the kids in this group lost a parent or family member due to cancer. As previously planned, I briefly shared with the group, my personal experience of losing my younger brother of 10 years in the year 1965, due to drowning in a lake (3).

I shared with the group the ‘Segment mode’ of focusing on breathing (4).

(1) Introductory seminar for kids at the Hope club
(2) ‘Calm yourself, anywhere, anytime’
(3) My brother Ramu died at the age of 10
(4) How can I do it?

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* “Moronically simple, yet works like a charm”

I set up a google alert for the URL of this web site, to see from which sites visitors are coming. Today, I found the comments of a visitor in the blog becoming Jennie. The relevant portion of the comments is quoted below –

“…… My other half and I went to an instructional class (1) a few months ago, given by an Indian gentleman who taught a very simple but very effective breathing exercise that sounds moronically simple, yet works like a charm. His site is http://www.countingbreaths.com. Your description of the clearing of your mind reminded me of it. You should check it out –  it helps you sleep, helps you clear your head, helps you if you’re panicky- it just helps  Let me know what you think….. ”

Read the full original comment in this link on Aug 1, 2011 by “Mark Bocain”:  
http://becomingjennie.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/the-cherrys-pit/

Such responses by practitioners inspire me to keep on sharing this “moronically simple technique!”. I am grateful to Mark and people like him, for endorsing this technique, thereby inspiring more people to try it out. I specially thank Mark for letting me publish his name. His comment rings so true and syncs with my honest feeling about this technique that I put a a link to his endorsement on the home page of this site.

By  the way, Mark  has a business which has a Face Book page.

(1) Seminars and classes

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* My sleep quality has improved phenomenally

Received this testimonial from a Rheumatologist M.D, who attended 5 of my classes.

“Meeting Mr. Suryanarayana Chennapragada was more than a sheer coincidence. I called him hoping for ‘Srimadbhagavadgeeta’  (Geeta in short) (1) sessions, just to realize that he had come up with a very easy, yet pragmatic strategy to control the mind (one of the major aspects of Geeta).

I have benefited from this technique and continue to hope for ongoing experiences. Focusing on breath (2) using the ‘tip mode’ and ‘counting mode’ has been very beneficial to calm the mind. My sleep quality has improved phenomenally and so has the ability to reduce the impact of the stressors of day to day life.

Both our children have learnt the technique from him and hopefully will continue to reap the benefits. They are realizing their inner strength every day through constant practice.

We are even hoping that Mr. Suryanarayana will teach this technique to my younger sister, who is deaf; and her daughter (both visiting us from India) so that they can improve their quality of life even back home.

I would very strongly recommend this simple and effective technique to anybody and everybody. Thanks to Mr. Suryanarayana for being a catalyst in our evolution!”

(1) An ancient spiritual text from India known World over
(2) How can I focus on breathing?

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