June 23, 2011

the Wellness Project

Perhaps you have heard me enthusiastically talk about the Wellness Project that I have been involved with since January of 2010. I became involved in the Wellness Project because I am committed to spiritual, physical and emotional well-being.  After learning about the astonishing cost of health care for chronic disease that can be prevented I was excited that yoga was recognized as part of the solution.  Yoga and stress management techniques like mindful breathing and meditation along with other life style changes could help reverse or prevent chronic disease and reduce the high cost of health care.

The prospect of yoga helping individuals feel better and prevent disease is what originally brought me to the program. However, as the six founders (myself included) went through the program, it was the group work that I found so helpful for myself. I realized what I really wanted was to feel more connected to my loved ones, my yoga students, and all those I come in contact with on a daily basis. In the group, I found a place where I felt heard (The experience of feeling heard by another person is healing.) The group work has helped me be more in touch with my feelings and better able to express them.

 

What is it? the Wellness Project is a 10 week community based program dedicated to helping individuals improve their health and well-being through improved communication and life-balance skills, nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, meditation, and group support.

 

How did this come about? Six professionals came together to fashion a grass roots community based program based on the principles of Dr. Dean Ornish’s health program. For more than 30 years, Dr. Dean Ornish has directed a series of scientific research studies showing, for the first time, that heart disease, diabetes, obesity, prostate and breast cancer, and high blood pressure can be reversed and prevented by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. Dr. Ornish’s wellness programs have been 12-week hospital based programs meeting twice a week for four hours each session, with fitness exercise in the hospital facility. The Wellness Project wants to bring the successes of Dr. Dean Ornish out of the hospitals and into the communities.

How to join a Wellness Project Group: Please give me a call or email me if you are interested in joining the next 10-week session. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Patti                                 630-355-7103

 

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