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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The Storm has Passed, Now for the Calm

Last Updated on Friday, 9 November 2012 06:04 Written by uzcreative Thursday, 8 November 2012 04:49

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DATE: Saturday, November 10th

TIME: 5:30PM-7:00PM

LOCATION: YogaWorks Soho
459 Broadway, New York City

ATTEND: YogaWorks Soho

10 days after New York City was hit with an unusual storm system, the region is still reeling. At The Urban Zen Foundation, we have been considering how to mobilize our Urban Zen Integrative Therapists and reach out to a community of volunteers, refugees and rescue workers. The situation poses an interesting challenge to us, since some of our own have lost their homes, power and are still unable to communicate.

In a situation of chaos it is human to want to come to the aid of those in need. What happens when you find yourself, your partner, your child, a neighbor, co-worker or friend suffering? Borrowing from the philosophy that you must first be sustained in order to feed another, UZIT Yoga Therapy director Rodney Yee shares why Urban Zen Integrative Therapy is beneficial to begin healing.

“When a crisis takes place, whether personal, national or worldwide, one needs to find the optimum way to sustain and maintain one’s center and energy,” Rodney says. “A crisis often brings chaos, exhaustion, depression and anxiety. This is the time we desperately need the tools of meditation and restoration. Urban Zen Integrative Therapy classes were created to give this very relief. Come and lay your weary bodies down in the best supported relaxing positions while you are guided through deep meditations and soothing breath awareness exercises, all the while, smelling healing essential oils and receiving balancing Reiki energy. Come be part of the solution of bringing ease, balance and peace back.”

Give yourself the opportunity to restore and to give to others from a place of clarity. Please join us on Saturday, November 10th at YogaWorks Soho for an Urban Zen Integrative Therapy class.  All proceeds will benefit New York Cares.


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