Meditation for Stress Relief and Well-Being

Tibetan meditation specialist Alejandro Chaoul demonstrates practices such as Tibetan breathing, movement and sound techniques to help navigate through stressors and attain relaxation.

Hands folded in meditation

Ancient Tibetan traditions define well-being as a holistic sense of wellness that encompasses body, energy-breath and mind. Scientific studies have shown that chronic stress can contribute to a lack of well-being, expressed in almost every biological system in our body. With a brief overview of the impact of stress, this course focuses on techniques that help you navigate through your stressors and counteract the “flight or fight” response with relaxation. In-class exercises demonstrate practices to unite your mind and its embodied energy with powerful Tibetan breathing, movement and sound techniques. This simple meditative routine can help you overcome the tendency to run from thought to thought, emotion to emotion and place to place in search of happiness. Incorporating these practices into your daily life may deepen your ability to attain a relaxed yet aware state of mind, a healthier lifestyle and a more peaceful outlook.


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GLIF2001.F17.1 Alejandro Chaoul On-campus 5–7 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017

Instructor: Alejandro Chaoul

Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and director of education in the integrative medicine program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he conducts research on the use of Tibetan mind-body techniques with cancer patients, caregivers, staff and faculty. He holds a doctorate from Rice University focusing on Tibetan spiritual traditions and has trained with Tibetan lamas for nearly 30 years. Dr. Chaoul is also adjunct faculty at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston and the founding director of the Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit at the Jung Center. In 2017, he was recognized as a Contemplative Fellow for the Mind and Life Institute. His book, “Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-Being: The Science and Practice of Body, Energy and Mind,” was published in 2018.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 15, 2017

End Date: Sept. 22, 2017

Schedule: 5–7 p.m.

Length: Two Fridays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $108

Rice Alumni: $97

CEUs: 0.4

Note: This course is not currently accepting registrations. Please select VIEW CURRENT OFFERINGS to see similar classes offered by Community Programs.

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a cushion if choosing to sit on the floor. This course is offered for educational purposes only. Please consult with the professional of your choosing if you are seeking specific therapeutic or medical advice.

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