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CE Workshop | The Science of Mental Health in Disasters: Can Yoga Help?

October 28, 2020, 11am ET


About This Workshop

Unpack the scientific research on mental health in disaster scenarios and the framework for practicing self-care during these events. Hear yoga research, health, and wellness expert presenters discuss how yoga could help our bodies and minds as the realities of COVID-19 continue.

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About the Presenters

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of yoga research for the Yoga Alliance who has conducted research on yoga for mental health conditions and in workplace and school settings.

Dr. Khalsa is the Director of Yoga Research for Yoga Alliance and has conducted scientific yoga research since 2001 on yoga for insomnia, stress, anxiety disorders, and workplace and school settings.

Kim Weeks (RYS 200, RYS 500, E-RYT 500, CEP) is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and wellness expert. She is also the founder of a wellness consulting and education company called Weeks Well, whose mission is to foster transformation in work and life.

Dr. Helen Lavretsky is a Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. She is also a geriatric integrative psychiatrist with a federally funded research program in geriatric depression and integrative mental health (NIMH, PCORI, and NCCIH), which uses mind-body interventions. Her current research studies include investigations of psychopharmacological treatment of geriatric depression, mild cognitive impairment, Tai Chi, and yoga for treatment and prevention of late-life mood and cognitive disorders. She is the Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and recipient of the Distinguished Investigator awards for research in geriatric psychiatry from the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. She is the Semel Scholar in Integrative Mental Health and the Director of the Late-life mood, stress and wellness program and the Integrative Psychiatry clinic, and recipient of the Career Development award from NIMH and the NCCIH.


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