Mass Meditation Event for World Health Day Teaches Bay Area to Live Stress and Disease Free

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An Art of Living Foundation meditation coach and UCLA scientific researcher empower people with tools to lead a productive and stress-free life.

Research studies prove that meditation is highly effective in preventing high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. In addition, findings show increased I.Q., improved academic performance, decreased anxiety and reduced substance abuse.

The Art of Living Foundation, (http://www.artofliving.org) an international non-profit with Bay Area wide chapters that offer stress reduction, meditation and self-development programs is holding a mass meditation event on April 7th, 2012, World Health Day (http://www.who.int/world-health-day/en/). This event marks the culmination of a 30-day meditation marathon (http://www.calmeditates.org/) that was held throughout the Bay Area where participants got a fun glimpse into the benefits of meditating daily through such tools as free downloadable meditations, and tons of free open group meditation sessions around the Bay Area. A UCLA behavioral scientist and an international meditation expert will lead the World Health Day (http://www.who.int/world-health-day/en) mass meditation event at San Jose City College on April 7th, 2012.

Research studies by the National Institutes of Health (http://www.nih.gov), and the American Medical Association among others has proven that meditation is highly effective in preventing high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. In addition, findings show increased I.Q., improved academic performance, decreased anxiety and reduced substance abuse. (http://www.tmeducation.org/research-at-a-glance) According to an article in the Harvard Gazette titled Meditation found To Increase Brain Size, “researchers at Harvard, Yale and MIT have found that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains.” (http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2006/02/meditation-found-to-increase-brain-size/)

According to Dr. Dara Ghahremani, Research Scientist at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, "In addition, to its benefits in relieving stress and anxiety, meditation has been shown to improve cognitive functions, including attention and memory. Not only does it increase the brain's grey matter, but importantly, the strength of connections between brain regions, vital for the brain's efficiency. I think what are most striking are studies showing such behavioural and neural effects with just weeks of meditation practice."

“Within a week of signing up for the 30-day meditation marathon I found myself feeling lighter, freer, happier. I did not feel tired or drained after work and found myself handing stressful situations with ease,” said Peter K., a senior manager at a leading Silicon Valley company.

At the live, 2-hour event, Dr. Dara Ghahremani will share his research on meditation and Rajshree Patel will lead attendees through an experience of meditation. There will be a live question/answer session.

About the speakers:
Dr. Dara G. Ghahremani is currently assistant research faculty in the Center for Addictive Behaviors in UCLA's Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences. He received his PhD in Psychology & Neuroscience from Stanford University and was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Russell Poldrack at UCLA.

Since 1989, Rajshree Patel has taught 1000s of people in 100s of meditation programs around the world. A former LA District Attorney, she now serves as the current director of the Art of Meditation Program of the Art of Living Foundation.

About Cal Meditates:
California Meditates http://www.calmeditates.org/ is a wellness campaign of the Art of Living Foundation, California. It’s aim is to help Bay Area residents to increase well-being and improve the quality of their lives by providing them a fun way to glimpse the benefits of meditating regularly by providing downloadable guided meditations, plenty of free open group meditation sessions and an engaging social media experience to stay motivated to meditate.

About the Art of Living Foundation:
Founded in 1981, the Art of Living Foundation is nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization working in special consultative status with the United Nations Social and Economic Council on initiatives related to health, meditation, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution and disaster relief. One of the world’s largest volunteer-based organizations, the Foundation works to create a violence-free, stress-free world by strengthening the individual. It has touched the lives of over 300 million people worldwide through its global relief projects and its inspirational, transformative breathing and meditation programs. For more information, please visit: us.artofliving.org

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