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March 22, 2013

On April 18, 2013, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, BrainTalks@UBC is hosting a mindfulness seminar at Vancouver General Hospital. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Lau, a researcher and clinician specializing in Mindfulness Research and practice. Joining him will be two speakers who are developing more experience in the field: Suzanne Slocum-Gori and Dr. Carina Perel-Panar.


* Only 19 tickets left as of 11 AM, April 18. Feel free to show up and be added to a waitlist. *

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What is Mindfulness, you may ask? Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the leaders is applying this term, and the ancient practice that it involves, in modern-day treatment and therapy for a variety of illnesses, ranging from pain disorders to depression. He defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” In mindfulness practice, therapy or training, a person learns how it is that the mind wanders, to thoughts ranging from cravings, to anxieties, to anger, depression, self-pity, and how this wandering can be watched from a somewhat removed point of view, increasing tolerance for the thoughts, and enabling more creative decision-making in managing distress in one’s life.

Mindfulness has evolved from the ancient practice of meditation, which is a practice on its own, as well as composing a key aspect to yoga. Yoga, which has become increasingly popular globally over the last twenty years, is a practice involving both mind and body, that is said to “yoke the spirit to the body”. In other words, a practice in which links the self and the physical body that the self inhabits, with a goal to greater integration of self, greater health, and greater intelligence in terms of navigating the stresses of daily life, and choosing actions that reinforce a better quality of life and healthier self.

To have a better idea of mindfulness, try some of these brief meditations from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Centre:

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Dr. Mark Lau mindfulness

Dr. Mark Lau is a Psychologist at the Vancouver CBT Centre. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Associate Editor of the Journal Mindfulness. Dr. Lau’s practice includes individual cognitive behaviour therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for mood and anxiety disorders.  Understanding the mechanisms behind the efficacy of mindfulness-based treatments, and evaluating psychotherapy dissemination methods, are two areas of interest. He is an active supervisor and workshop leader having trained mental health professionals nationally and internationally.


Suzanne Slocum-Gori yoga One Yoga for the People bcca

Suzanne Slocum-Gori PhD is affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine and the School of Population and Public Health. She is the Founder and Director of One Yoga for the People, and Founder of both the Bindu Yoga School and the SARA Foundation.  Among her many achievements and extensive involvement in the yoga community, she also is involved in guiding meditation and yoga for cancer patients as part of Inspire Health. She will talk about her research on the effectiveness of yoga for cancer patients.


Dr. Carina Perel-Panar

Dr. Carina Perel-Panar is a psychiatry resident actively involved in mindfulness therapy and yoga practice. She will present an introduction and overview to mindfulness treatment, its effects on the brain as seen through neuroimaging, and its efficacy in research shown to date.


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