Spring is a time of new growth, movement and flexibility. Begin the season by being kind to your body and soul with gentle Kripalu Yoga at BHI. Learn a variety of yoga techniques that relax the body and quiet the mind, including breath awareness, yoga postures and deep relaxation. You'll feel the stress melt away and a sense of new calm.
Held Mondays and Wednesdays at lunch time and after work, BHI Yoga classes are appropriate for beginners and those who have an ongoing yoga practice.
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Begin your day in a calming way – with Tai Chi, the Chinese martial art that employs slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to strengthen and relax the physical body and mind. This soothing, low intensity exercise enhances and balances the flow of internal energy (qi), resulting in improved health, personal development, and self-defense.
This class is perfect for beginners, and all levels are welcome. Medical research suggests tai chi may have therapeutic benefits for cardiovascular disease, balance disorders, low bone density, arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress, attention deficit disorders, sleep disorders, depression.
This class introduces students to Cheng Man-Ching’s 37-Movement Short Form, one of the most popular tai chi forms in the West. Emphasis is placed on proper structural alignment, relaxed and mindful movement, and efficient breathing.
Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8 - 9 AM, beginning March 28th and March 30th at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, 151 Merrimac Street, 4th Floor, Boston. The spring session costs $144 per person and is comprised of 12 classes.
Instructor Stanwood Chang is a fourth-generation lineage holder in Yang style (Cheng Man-Ching) and Sun style tai chi. He is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program from the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center. He is founder and director of two tai chi schools, the Sun Tai Chi Institute of Boston and Silk Reeling.
To register, click here or call Sue Clough at 617-643-6054.
The Benson-Henry Institute is now enrolling for an 8-week Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) for Women program, which will begin April 24th. The program teaches women how to master stage-of-life issues and find relief from symptoms ranging from hot flashes and night sweats to anxiety, disrupted sleep and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Learn the self-care tools you will need to reduce physical symptoms and move through life’s physical and emotional challenges with greater resiliency. Discover how lifestyle behaviors impact overall health; cultivate stress-reduction skills including deep breathing, imagery and yoga; and develop strategies to reverse negative thinking, all in a safe and supportive environment.
Sessions are held Mondays 5-7 PM at the BensMinon-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, 151 Merrimac Street, 4th Floor. For more information, call Richard Jennette at (617) 643-6055 or .
The core belief of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) - that teaching patients mind body approach like meditation and yoga can reduce their stress and improve overall physical health – was proven correct in a preliminary study published this fall in the journal PLOS ONE. The study found that patients who participated in BHI programs reduced their medical visits on average by 43% in the year after taking part.
The study was led by Dr. James E. Stahl of the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment. Dr. Stahl was previously affiliated with BHI and is Chief of General Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
“Our study’s primary finding is that programs that train patients to elicit the relaxation response – specifically those taught at the BHI – can also dramatically reduce health care utilization,” Dr. Stahl said. “These programs promote wellness and, in our environment of constrained health care resources, could potentially ease the burden on our health delivery systems at minimal cost and at no real risk.”
Read more: Study Shows BHI Participants Reduced Doctors Visits by 43%