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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.

Scanned images of Feedback forms

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

See (1) to know about Alfred. 


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.


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.

  • 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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@ “I decided to take charge of my health before it took charge of me”

Said one of my on-line clients from New Jersey. He practiced ‘counting breaths’ (1) and got remarkable relief from stress (2). In one of his mails he mentioned that proper diet was very important for good health. I was curious as I have been focusing on nutritional aspects (5) recently. On my request, he shared the following details of the diet changes he made and the benefits gained.

It is interesting that he says ‘counting breaths’ meditation endowed him with the will power needed to sustain the remarkable diet changes. I thank him for sharing his experience and hope it would inspire some visitors.

Q: What was your diet before and now?


Before: Coffee and Cereal
Now: Oatmeal with almonds, walnuts, chia seeds (3) and one fruit – apple or pear


Before: Chicken turkey sandwiches, Pizza
Now: Salad with different raw vegetables without any dressing


Now: Salad and sometimes, yogurt with flaxseed (4) and almonds


Before:Four chapathis (Asian Indian style flatbreads) and vegetables
Now: Two chapathis with cooked and raw vegetables, soy milk or almond milk

Q. Where did you get the knowledge about the diet changes?

A. From the book “The complete handbook of Nature cure” (6) sent by my brother from India.

Q: When did you make these diet changes?

A: April 2012.

Q: What prompted or inspired you to make these big changes?

A: I saw too many health issue around me. My Dad died due to stroke in Oct 2011. Looking around I decided to take charge of my health before my health took charge of me.

Q: Have you been able to sustain the changes?

A: I am trying to. On weekends when I go to somebody’s house, I might deviate from my diet.

Q: Do you think you will be able to keep up these changes?

A:I am praying and hoping that I keep up my determination. It needs a lot of will power. That is where counting breaths (1) meditation helps me.

Q: What improvements have you noticed due to the diet changes?

A:I found that eating more raw vegetables coupled with ‘counting breaths’ made me

* less tired

* breathing easier while doing counting breaths. Before, I could not breath at times, get restless in mind and drink lots of coffee.

* I am calmer than before, even in desperate situations at work.

* take every day as it comes

* less worry

* calmer than before at home

Q. What was your weight before and now? 

A. Before - 185  Lbs
   Now - 148  Lbs
   Lost - 37 lbs

(1) Counting mode
(2) “Thank you for helping me and my family”
(3) Chia seeds – Wiki page            Health benefits of Chia seeds – Jen reviews
(4) Flax seed – Wiki page
(5) Nutrition – Books I like 
(6) The complete handbook of Nature cure – PDF

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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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