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body, mind, and spirit and can assist in increas- ing self-awareness, uncovering “the issues that are in the tissues,” letting go of beliefs that no longer serve you, and creating a different reality. Join us as we explore our earliest movements and learn within the safe context of the group that which we learned in relationship to our families and culture. Through mindfulness, movement, and contact with others, we can learn to move beyond limiting ways of respond- ing we learned as a child. Literally rewiring our nervous systems, we allow more functional movement patterns and more nourishing rela- tionships to develop.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

Michael Craig Clemmens, PhD, is a psychologist and trainer in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is a faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and teaches at the Metanoia Institute in London. He is the author of Getting Beyond Sobriety and numerous articles.

Patrice Hamilton has worked in the fields of educa- tion and counseling for more than 20 years. She holds an MEd in counseling, is a certified Cortical Field Reeducation practitioner and teacher, a certified Hakomi Practitioner (The Refined Method), and is trained in Esalen Massage.

The Extraordinary Couples Workshop Anne Watts & Jason Weston

Do you remember the magic of the beginning of your relationship, when just seeing your partner got your adrenaline running? Perhaps you met only weeks ago, or maybe years ago, and the electricity is still there. Is it possible that the “juice” can feel even more intense?

Presented by the Human Awareness Institute, The Extraordinary Couples Workshop is designed exclusively for couples, and focuses specifically on couples’ issues. This workshop is very interactive and experiential, and focuses on you and your partner, with the goal of deepening and embody- ing love—between partners and within the self. You will spend most of your time together, some time alone, and time working in small groups and the full group. It is open to adults of any sexual orientation or gender identification.

The Couples Workshop creates a safe environ- ment in which to explore your relationship and take a fresh look at parts of it, regardless of what state your relationship is currently in. Participants may be couples who are at the beginning of their relationship or who have been together for many years; couples who are already happy and loving; or couples who are fighting or upset.

Couples whose relationships were faltering or stalled (or just needed a boost, or were doing great already) have come away more deeply in love than they had ever been. For more informa- tion about the Human Awareness Institute, visit

Anne Watts was deeply influenced by her father, the pioneering philosopher Alan Watts. She leads work- shops on four continents, teaching adults to have more loving, fulfilling relationships. Anne has been leading Love, Intimacy and Sexuality workshops since 1985.

Jason Weston has more than 30 years of experience with the Human Awareness Institute. He assists people in creating the lives they really want by guiding them to see and express their own beauty, power, and love. He is the Executive Business Director for HAI Global.

Prime of Life Yoga™: Optimum Health for Midlife and Beyond

Larry Payne & David Allen

Prime of Life Yoga reflects adaptations recom- mended for the majority of our population, which is now in the second half of life. In a bal- anced format of lecture and movement, two health professionals provide an introduction to the Prime of Life Yoga lifestyle program. This year’s lecture topics by Dr. David Allen include the latest concepts on nutrition, mind-body med- icine, and longevity. The yoga, taught by Larry Payne, offers a safe, gentle, breath-oriented approach based on the needs of participants and inspired by the teachings of Indian yoga master T.K.V. Desikachar. In addition to the emphasis on breath and movement for general conditioning, focus will be on movement of the spine, with special consideration for lower and upper back problems and chronic knee and hip ailments.

The workshop will also include effective stress- reduction techniques, advanced breathing methods simplified for all levels, biomechani- cal reeducation, healthy lifestyle tools, and guided meditation.

Please note: This workshop is not recommended for people with acute back problems. It is also not recommended for those seeking a vigorous yoga workout. For more information, call 1-800- 359-0171. Please bring your own yoga mat.

CE credit for nurses; see page 113.

Larry Payne was named one of America’s most respected yoga teachers by the Los Angeles Times. He is coauthor of Yoga for Dummies and Yoga Rx, and founder of Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga certification programs at Loyola Marymount University.

David Allen, a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine, has 25 years of experience in anti-aging and preventative medicine, as well as in alternative treatment of acute and chronic diseases. He is board- certified in emergency medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and body-mind medicine.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training

Mark Abramson

The impact of stress on health is well recog- nized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recog- nized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr. Mark Abramson founded a program at Stanford University Medical Center using the 2,500-year-old technique of Mindfulness Meditation to train patients as an adjunct treat- ment for many different medical conditions.

Mindfulness is “nonjudgmental awareness.” This requires one to pay attention to direct experi- ence in the present moment, neither clinging to what is perceived as pleasant nor reacting with aversion toward what is perceived as unpleasant. In both mental and physical stress, much of the perpetuating cycle of pain or discomfort is a result of one’s judgmental struggle to push away what is experienced as unpleasant. Yet as one becomes willing to directly meet the actual experience, it becomes finite. One begins to see that it can be workable to deal with a finite level of discomfort one moment at a time.



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