Embodied Medicine: Our Body As A Pathway To Integrated Wellness

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with Dr. Deb

- Friday, April 7th, 11:00am - 1:00pm

In this Embodied Medicine workshop, we will practice learning from the wisdom of the body. Body awareness is the first foundation of mindfulness because it is a powerful and accessible means of becoming awake to the present moment. Movement is an ancient healing tradition that allows us to visit our inner landscape by peeling away the outer layers of judgment. Bringing attention to our body offers an opportunity to understand life experiences and, in turn, transform our relationship with those experiences. We will practice listening to our bodies and connecting with the natural movements that want to express themselves through our bodies. It may be an opportunity to practice self-compassion, especially for those who believe their body has betrayed or failed them.

Embodied healing involves reframing our relationship with our bodies. We have the chance to practice befriending our bodies and relating to our bodies as a source of wisdom, joy, love, and deep healing. We will invite our bodies to teach us, to heal us, to draw us closer to our compassionate self. We will explore the relationship among our emotions, our senses, and our thoughts as a path towards consciously integrating our past into the present moment. We will invite the body to teach us about how to assimilate our history  into a broader healing experience. We will celebrate our inner lives, each other, and our community.

Suggested donation: $20

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

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About Dr. Deb

On the day of her breast cancer diagnosis, Deborah Cohan, an obstetrician-gynecologist, HIV clinician and mother of 2, realized this cancer could become her greatest teacher. She named her cancer Izzy and invited the cancer to teach her about living life fully. Izzy’s first lesson was that dance would be Deborah’s most potent medicine. She danced the day of her breast cancer diagnosis and nearly every day leading up to her surgery. Deborah danced her sorrow, her confusion, her fear of death and, in doing so, created space to dance her joy and exuberant love of life. The day before her surgery, she joyfully danced, over and over again, to Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied”. This “somatic imprinting” linked the song to joy in her body. Deborah then invited her friends and family to dance to “Get Me Bodied” wherever they happened to be at 7:30am on November 5, 2013. Instead of being cowered in fear, Deborah walked into the operating room unmedicated and danced ecstatically with her surgical team, feeling intimately connected to her community who joined her virtually in this dance. Not only did Deborah feel fully prepared for surgery, but also the surgical team was energized and jubilant. A video captured by the anesthesiologist and posted by a friend while Deborah was undergoing surgery went viral, with over 8 million views to-date. Izzy’s second lesson was that we are all interconnected. People worldwide, from Louisiana to India, Rwanda, Norway and the Canary Islands, became inspired to dance and created copy-cat videos. Other patients, from children to the elderly, have since started dancing in the OR before their surgeries. Deborah is now committed to bringing body awareness and the healing power of dance to those encountering health challenges and the providers who care for them in healthcare settings. Check out her operating room dance and her interview on the Ellen Show.

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