Zen at Kerckhoff Hall

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:52 Written by Donna Karan Tuesday, 16 April 2013 04:43

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Currently in session is the 3rd cycle of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy at UCLA‘s Kerckhoff Hall. This training is an introduction to the 5 modalities, guiding each trainee toward creating an embodied experience of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapies. Comprised of 50 trainees, cycle 3 includes the in-house staff training of doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals from UCLA. Each trainee has committed to accomplishing 50 hours of clinical rotation hours and on-site visits with a wonderful advantage of having access to patients.

The outcome of this cycle is to prepare the trainees for next month, when they will be practicing the UZIT Self-Care modality integrating their practice inwardly before working with patients throughout the UCLA Health System. Clinical coordinators who are UZITs are on campus at both of UCLA’s hospitals to support the trainees. Because of their vast clinical experience, trainees are also being taught a shortened version of the UZIT program designed specifically for in-hospital staff trainings.

Faculty members currently on-site at UCLA include Master Trainers Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman along with Mary Taylor teaching Contemplative Self Care. UZIT and UCLA faculty member Mary Beth Charno, RN, BSN, OCB, HNB-BC is also attending and supporting this session. All oils used for this training were generously donated by Young Living Essential Oils. Find out more about the UZIT program and where you can take a class here.

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Urban Zen Integrative Therapy at the Yoga Journal Conference

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 01:28 Written by nicole Tuesday, 9 April 2013 02:34

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This past Sunday, April 7th, the co-directors of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, led a restorative Urban Zen Integrative Therapy class for more than 175 yogis at the Yoga Journal Conference in New York City. With the intention of providing an embodied UZIT experience, the participants were led through each of the five UZIT modalities including in-bed movements, breath awareness, body scans, restorative postures, Reiki and essential oil therapy provided by Young Living Essential Oils. Twenty UZIT graduates from the 2009 and 2011 accelerated trainings supported Rodney and Colleen by providing Reiki and essential oil therapy durning the class. Alumni alternated between Lemon oil for alertness, Lavender oil to help practitioners relax, and Valor to safely ground students in their bodies before reentering the world.  Students were also assisted by UZIT graduates in being guided to find each posture’s nuances, optimizing effects of the Yee’s deeply restorative sequence.

In a brief Q&A session following the class, participants were explained how the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy uses the five modalities in hospitals and outpatient facilities. They learned about UZIT’s outreach in Haiti and the upcoming Level I Self and Family Care Training at YogaWorks in Los Angeles and New York. You can find information on UZIT classes throughout the country here. For informations on trainings, please click here


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GLBL YOGA on the Great Lawn

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 01:42 Written by Urban Zen Tuesday, 26 June 2012 01:42

The Urban Zen Foundation is honored to be a part of GLBL YOGA‘s remarkable yoga event happening on August 16, 2012. On that day, GLBL YOGA will turn Central Park’s Great Lawn into the world’s largest yoga studio. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers will be united by the practice of yoga, led by world-renowned teachers Elena Brower, Seane Corn, and two yogis very close to our hearts UZIT teachers Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee.

We invite you to watch this video to learn more:

We are humbled and filled with gratitude to GLBL YOGA for including as one of their charity partners for this event. GLBL YOGA will donate $100,000 to these charity partners, distributed equally. In addition, GLBL YOGA will donate 50% of any funds raised over the goal, and 50% of any net proceeds from other sources (e.g., sponsorships, merchandise).

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