Kids Are More Stressed Than Ever Studies suggest that American children are more stressed than ever. Suicides among adolescents have quadrupled since the 1950s. In one major study, only 36 percent of 7th graders agreed with the statement “I am happy with my life;” and in the past decade, the use of pharmaceuticals to treat emotional disorders has increased 68 percent for girls, and 30 percent for boys.
Believe it or not, yoga is not just for 20-somethings in tights, carrying specialty coffees in one hand and yoga mats in the other. You can do yoga at any age—really! The benefits are just as significant as we age.
Yoga is particularly helpful for seniors dealing with joint stiffness, low back pain, balance problems and depression. Regular yoga practice can help us to sync communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, improve our agility and sharpen our memory.
BHI is thrilled to bring together renowned researchers and practitioners for its 3.5-day fall conference "Mind-Body Medicine: New Science and Best Practices to Meet Public Health Challenges," November 5-8 at the Harvard Medical School's Joseph Martin Conference Center in Boston, MA.
The conference features a historic conversation between pioneers in the field, Dr. Herbert Benson and Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn about the scope, current status and future of mind-body medicine as part of conventional health care protocol.
Dr. Chemali, of Massachusetts General Hospital, has taught the Benson-Henry Institute's Stress Management and Resiliency Training program to health care workers who are caring for Syrian refugees all over Lebanon. Doing so provides the workers and the refugees resiliency skills to cope with this relentless humanitarian crisis.