Transcendental Meditation for Trauma and Anxiety

Dr Rosenthal, author of 'Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation', will be giving public lectures in Essex and London across the coming week

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What do seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Transcendental Meditation have in common?! Well...they have both been subject to large amounts of skepticism and controversy...and have both been made the mission of Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the psychiatrist who spent years convincing the medical world to recognise seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as a type of depression and who is now advocating the use of Transcendental Meditation for post-traumatic stress disorder among other presentations.

Dr Rosenthal, author of 'Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation', will be giving public lectures in Essex and London across the coming week. He explains:

“Firstly, I would like doctors to know that transcendental meditation is a powerful tool for healing – both physically and psychologically. A pervasive theme of my almost 40 years of research has been ‘high risk, high yield’ strategies. One of those was seasonal affective disorder – at the time, a bit of a laughing stock among some colleagues, who thought it trivial alongside more pressing problems. It was my first leap of faith – and I now want to encourage the use of transcendental meditation as a tool for treating things like anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. There will always be a spectrum of scepticism – from the very open, to the wholly sceptical. I remember how the idea of light therapy to treat seasonal affective disorder was received. I know I’ll be a long time dead before the last sceptic is converted – some people are thus inclined. But, if one or two administrators discover how something can transform their own lives, it can be more effective than a million-dollar paper on the subject.”

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Heather Mason

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Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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