Yoga and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are integrated in a weekly group to treat anxiety. Each session will include therapeutic techniques to reduce anxiety symptoms, instruction and practice of asanas and kriyas, and practice of Kundalini yoga meditations. The practice will include breath-meditation techniques employed by Swami Ram Deva ji Maharaj and the clinically validated yoga protocol for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, conducted at UCSD School of Medicine (Shannahoff-Khalsa, 2005). Specific aspects of the group include:
1. Behavioral monitoring of effects of yogic practice upon symptoms of worry, obsessions, intrusive thinking, and life force energy. 2. Practice of extended meditations for anxiety reduction. 3. Development of skills using cognitive reframing (CBT dialectical approaches) in terms of the yogic principles from Patanjali’s yoga sutras. 4. Integration of Dialectic Behavior Therapy principles with Kundalini meditation.
The group meets at Pacific Psychological Associates, 877 North Douglas Street in El Segundo. The group may be covered under insurance health plans. For additional information and to enroll contact Edward Dunbar at 310/536-0211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The instructor, Dr. Edward Dunbar, is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. He has taught yoga in health care and correctional settings and is a graduate of the teacher training program for Kundalini yoga at Yoga West. Dr. Dunbar has been practicing Hatha and Kundalini yoga for the past 30 years.