Current events, including the pandemic, wars, social injustice, and effects of longstanding systems that allow the patriarchy and white supremacy to go unchecked, have created high levels of physical, emotional, mental, and collective stress for many, especially individuals in healthcare – whether as patients or providers. Integrated holistic yoga offers a mindfully embodied, comprehensive set of practices for body, vitality, mind, emotions, and relationships that support personal and collective resilience and healing. It honors deep cultural and psychological traditions that date back thousands of years, integrating modern neuroscience to demonstrate the evidence-base of yoga’s wisdom.
The integrated holistic vision of yoga is one of accessibility, diversity, health, wellbeing, and resilience. It is a practice of and for community; it honors interdependence and co-regulation. It is a yoga of wholism that honors mind as much as body, breath as much as calming of the nervous system, individuals as much as collectives, stillness as much as movement, and effort as much as ease. It notes and addresses the needs and resources of whole people at all layers of consciousness: body, breath, mind, heart, and spirit – grounded in community and complex interpersonal settings of biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences. It is a yoga of integration, committed to the practice of all limbs of yoga, from ethical and lifestyle commitments to movement and breath; to inner practice such as concentration and meditation. It is a yoga of intention and deep commitment to a practice that serves the greater good, that is dedicated to enhancing well-being for all.
Christiane Brems, PhD, ABPP, C-IAYT, ERYT500 is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine and Director of YogaX, an innovative program dedicated to bringing yoga teachings into healthcare. Dr. Brems integrates yoga, mindfulness, integrative interventions, and self-care in her work as a psychologist, teacher, researcher, mentor, supervisor, consultant, author, administrator, and service provider. She grounds her work in yoga psychology based on ancient and modern texts, as well as in current research, especially in psychology, neuroscience, and interpersonal neurobiology. She honors trauma-sensitive teaching practices and cultural sensitivity, accessibility, and humility. She encourages individual tailoring of the eight limbs of yoga to the contexts and needs of each practitioner, offering variations that make yoga accessible to all.
Dr. Brems will be leading an Interactive Integrated Holistic Yoga Workshop on Oct. 29. Register for the Free Workshop here.
Integrated Holistic Yoga: Mindfully Embodied Practice to Cultivate Healing and Resilience is part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 9 - 16 and Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 2022.
The full Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit. All events are FREE and online.
Registration is now open here: https://stanfordcbdsummit-2022.eventbrite.com/