In Case You Missed It
Boulderganic Fall 2009
Student Guide 2009
Boulder Weekly Sweet 16 Anniversary
Summer Scene 2009
Best of Boulder 2009
Annual Manual 2009
Newspaper of the Future
Kids Camp Guide 2009
Wedding Marketplace 09
Student Guide 2008
Best of Boulder 2008
Annual Manual 2008
Join Our Mailing List
|July 31-August 6, 2008
Connecting mind and body
Workshop provides new alternative solutions for old mainstream problems
by Gene Ira Katz
Your lifestyle choices, your eating options, your physical activity — or lack thereof — all these and many other related decisions can affect your emotions and day-to-day disposition more than you may think. Dr. Mark Hyman is coming to Shambhala Mountain Center to explain all about it and provide some hands-on exercises to better illuminate and elevate the mind/body connection for those who venture to his four-day workshop, titled Healthy Body, Happy Mind.
A New York Times bestselling author for the book Ultra-Prevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life and editor-in-chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine, Hyman will be collaborating with Shambhala’s president, Richard Reoch, and author Susan Piver to provide a totally immersive presentation for workshop attendees.
“It will be a three-part experience,” states Hyman. “Lectures and interactive discussion by me, qigong and energy healing by Richard, and meditation instruction by Susan.”
The author and physician notes that he employed many of these same techniques to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome brought on in part by mercury ingestion. “It was never clear how I had ingested the mercury, “ Hyman recalls. “Regardless, I undertook a self-administered program to remove the mercury from my system, using various nutritional supplements, including garlic, vitamin C and algae, as well as a great deal of hyperthermic therapy, such as sauna treatments.” He explains that he also restored a healthier rhythm to his life, with regular patterns of sleeping, waking, eating, resting and working. “My diet changed as I stopped relying on caffeine and sugar to keep me going, and instead started using nutrients and herbal therapies that could heal my digestive system and repair my damaged immune system.” His path to recovery is documented in a book slated for release in the spring of 2009. As Hyman says, “This journey to health took me from learning about, and addressing, my body’s nutritional biochemistry and cellular biology through a process of psychological and spiritual renewal. It allowed me to heal completely and gave me the basis on which I now heal others.”
In the Healthy Body, Happy Mind workshop, participants will specifically learn about healthy practices for diet, sleep and exercise, along with simple remedies to address conditions such as inflammation, hormonal imbalances and environmental toxins. Hyman will also cover how lifestyle choices, including diet and exercise, can radically transform our brain function and deeply influence our mood, memory and attention.
Fellow presenter Susan Piver is also a New York Times bestselling author with her book The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say “I Do.” Her most recent release is How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life: Opening Your Heart to Confidence, Intimacy and Joy, which offers insight and information from Buddhism about conquering the fears that can hold us back. Piver, a frequent contributor to Body and Soul magazine and Shambhala Sun, is regularly featured on Oprah, The Today Show, CNN and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Money and others.
The third presenter for the workshop, Richard Reoch, became a Buddhist as a small child and grew to become one of the most highly respected practitioners in the West. He was appointed in 2002 by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to become the president of Shabhala Mountain Center, located in the beautiful Red Feather Lakes area in northern Colorado. This rural setting provides an ideal environment for meditation, yoga, retreats and conferences. Reoch is also chairperson of the Sakyong’s Council and the board of trustees of the London Shambhala Centre, as well as director of the consecration of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Trained in oriental medicine, Reoch also teaches tai chi and qigong.
Hyman, who majored in Asian Studies at Cornell University, says attendees can expect some exciting openings to their awareness: “The experience of energy and meditation and unexpected perspectives on the brain and mind and mood.”
In the Box:
Healthy Body, Happy Mind will take place from Thursday, Aug. 7, to Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St., Boulder. Those interested in attending this workshop should contact Shambhala at 303-545-0062 or email@example.com.
back to top