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Integral Wellness


Programs & Services

The Sunyata Group organizations analyze, design, develop, and/or deliver programs, projects, services, and products that provide and support, education, training, mentoring, and coaching to individuals and organizations.

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Integral Wellness — Programs & Services



Value Proposition

The value proposition of our programs and services is that they increase the health and well-being of people in systems by cultivating the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual conditions in which leadership, compassion, creativity, joy, equanimity, and integrity are consistently experienced. All of the programs and services are designed to optimize individual and organization value, performance, wellness and contribution. The “sweet spot” is the intersection of effectiveness (human relationships and information) and efficiency (process and technology) — wherein lies optimal productivity, innovation, and sustainability.

Our programs and services are designed to help healthy people stay healthy, and to help people with emerging and/or chronic health conditions make lifestyle changes that improve their sense of well-being and their quality of life. Lifestyle behaviors that are changeable represent 25% of health- and productivity-related costs (Anderson et al., 2000). Chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease account for the majority of health- and productivity-related costs. And for many people, these conditions are preventable through changes in lifestyle behaviors. Improvements in regular physical activity, prayer and meditation practices, diet, and reduction in the use of carcinogenic and other unhealthy substances can decrease the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and high blood lipids — which are precursor conditions to chronic diseases. Fitness and wellness have an impact on economic resilience as well of as quality of life. The cost effectiveness of wellness programs has been identified as for every $1 invested in wellness, $3.48 is saved in health- and productivity-related costs (Aldana, 2001). And chronic complicated conditions such as obesity can increase health-related costs by 36% (Finkelstein, Fiebelkorn, & Wang, 2005) and increase productivity-related costs by 75% (Tucker & Friedman, 19980), which are consistent with findings that suggest that the cost of lost productivity is two-to-three times the cost of health-related costs (Goetzel et al., 2004).

References
Aldana, S. G. (2001). Financial impact of health promotion programs: A comprehensive review of the literature. American Journal of Health Promotion, 15(5), 296-320.

Anderson, D. R., Whitmer, R. W., Goetzel, R. Z., Ozminkowski, R. J., Dunn, R.L., Wasserman, J., & Serxner, S. (2000). Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Research Committee. The relationship between modifiable health risks and group-level health care expenditures. American Journal of Health Promotion, 15(1), 45-52.

Finkelstein, E., Fiebelkorn, C., & Wang, G. (2005). The costs of obesity among full-time employees. American Journal of Health Promotion, 20(1), 45-51.

Goetzel, R. Z., Long, S. R., Ozminkowski, R. J., Hawkins, K., Wang, S., & Lynch, W (2004). Health, absence, disability, and presenteeism cost estimates of certain physical and mental health conditions affecting U.S. employers. Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine, 46(4), 398-412.

Tucker, L.A., & Friedman, G.M. (19980). Obesity and absenteeism: An epidemiologic study of 10,825 employed adults. American Journal of Health Promotion, 12(3), 202-7


PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE GUIDELINES


Core Principles

  1. Ahimsa — The Practice of Non-Violence — First Do No Harm!
  2. Open Space Principle — “The Law of Two Feet”— Take Responsibility for your sense of well-doing and well-being
Student Teacher Contact and Communication
Communicate any conditions or concerns to the instructor before participating in any activity so that they can provide any particular modifications or adaptations to keep it within the margins of safety. Use the variations and particular modifications or adaptations that are appropriate for your ability and condition. They will help provide ways of working within your range of ability safely, without putting stress on other vulnerable areas.

Know when and how to refuse to participate in an activity that is causing you injury. Listen to your body and instincts, and go at your own pace. Avoid holding any position or stance for too long. Stop when you feel you are done, and don’t wait for the instructor to tell you. Let the instructor know if something does not work for you, or if you have a method that works best for your ability, needs or condition.

Self-Care
You are a “whole” person, and your practice works from the inside out on a physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual level. Your practice provides an opportunity to increase your awareness of the habitual way you typically relate to yourself and learn new ways of doing things differently than in the past. Learn to activate the “pause button” and create opportunities to treat yourself gently with compassion and care. The more opportunities you create to support your well-being, the greater your resilience to adversity.

Consistency
Having a consistent practice is key to the development of new habits and changing patterns of behavior. Daily practice is recommended, but don’t impose a schedule that will most likely become an obstacle to practicing. Choose a time of day that will allow you to fully relax and enjoy the experience undisturbed. Choose a practice that matches your energy level and rhythm of your day so that your practice enhances your lifestyle rather than conflicts with it.

PBS (Presence, Breath, and Stretch)
Develop a gentle frame work, structure or system on which to hang your practice:
  • PRESENCE: Cultivate mindfulness practices — to increase self-awareness of the impact of your actions on your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state of well-doing and well-being; calm the mind and develop greater focus and concentration; and promote a greater sense of well-being.
  • BREATHE: Use of slow deep breathing as an effective tool for accessing the parasympathetic nervous system to help manage pain and/or stress levels, reduces blood pressure, calm nerves, elicit a relaxation response, increase vitality, and energy levels, and create space and opening physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually to restore a sense of equanimity.
  • STRETCH: A Practice of Stretching: On a physical level — to increase range-of-motion, to release tension, optimize performance, enhance rehabilitation, and restore a sense of balance to the body. On an emotional, mental and spiritual — to cultivate the ability to hold multiple perspectives through reflection and inquiry.

Principles in Practice

Develop competency in the ability to diagnose and observe in self and others in the following principles in practice:
  • Recognize preconditions, predispositions, limitations, restrictions, unhealthy habits, default patterns of movement, and cultivate greater awareness of how asymmetrical stances and movement sequencing can destabilize and exacerbate a condition.
  • Release tension, mobilize restrictions, and increase range-of-motion using tools and techniques such as props, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), etc.
  • Identify, correct, stabilize your spine in a well-organized position, and maintain good postural alignment to create safe and stable positions as a foundation for all symmetrical and asymmetrical stances and greater efficiency of movement; and better postural alignment, increased proprioception, and balance.
  • Develop healthy patterns of movement and learn to modify or adapt stances and movement sequences to accommodate your condition, reduce the risk of injury, enhance rehabilitation, and promote recovery.
  • Understand the Principles of Sequence Design for Symmetry and Asymmetry of Stances and Movement:
    1. Every stance or sequence must begin with creating optimal postural alignment and stabilization of the spine in a well-organized position.
    2. For every Asymmetrical Movement, there is a Symmetrical Recovery Movement.
    3. For every Asymmetrical Sequence, there is a Symmetrical Recovery Sequence.
  • Maintain a fitness conditioning regimen to:
    • Strengthen Weak Dysfunctional Muscles Groups
    • Develop Joint and Core Stabilization
    • Reduce the Risk of Injury
    • Enhance Rehabilitation and Recovery
    • Optimize Performance
    • Increase Safety, Resiliency and Sustainability


CURRENT OFFERINGS


Descriptions -— Private Sessions | Classes | Workshops | Programs


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Individual Private Practice Sessions

One-on-one personal consultation, coaching, and training are customized to meet individual ability, needs, and conditions; and optimize personal lifestyle practices.

Classes

Gentle Chair Yoga
This class includes lots of gentle over-all stretching using a variety of props to release tension, and increase range-of-motion. It also includes exercises to strengthen major muscle groups and stabilize joints; and promote better postural alignment, proprioception, and balance. A chair is used for support when necessary to practice a variety of postures, with exercises adapted to accommodate individual needs, ability, and chronic conditions. All participants are encouraged to listen to their body, go at their own pace, and stop when they have had enough! This class concludes with breathing and mindfulness practices, and rest.

Gentle Yoga
This gentle breath-oriented practice includes lots of over-all stretching using a variety of props to release tension, and increase range-of-motion in preparation for a variety of seated and standing postures, balance poses, and slow movements synchronized with the breath (flow/ vinyasa). Variations, modifications, and adaptations to a movement or stance are given to accommodate individual needs, ability, and chronic conditions. All participants are encouraged to listen to their body, go at their own pace, and stop when they have had enough! The class concludes with breath work, mindfulness practices, and savasana (rest!).

Yoga for Healing
This gentle breath-oriented practice begins with mindful-awareness, progressive relaxation, and a rest! The class is intentionally designed to provide you with an opportunity to hit the “pause button” and create the space to support your healing process, and treat yourself gently with compassion and care. It includes lots of over-all stretching using a variety of props to unwind tension, and release stress. It is also designed to gently increase range-of-motion in preparation for a variety of seated, and standing postures. It includes exercises to strengthen major muscle groups and stabilize joints; and promote better postural alignment, proprioception, and balance. A chair is used for support when necessary to practice a variety of postures, with exercises modified to accommodate individual needs, ability, and chronic conditions. The adaptations provide ways of working within your range of ability safely, without putting undue stress on other vulnerable areas. All participants are encouraged to listen to their body, go at their own pace, and stop when they have had enough! The class concludes with breath-work, mindfulness practices, and rest for recovery (savasana).

Workshops

Restorative Yoga Workshop
This workshop is designed to provide you with an opportunity to hit the “pause button” and create the space to treat yourself gently with compassion and enhance self-care. This breath-oriented practice provides an antidote to stress and burnout, and is ideally suited to support the healing process of anyone in recovery, living with pain, chronic conditions, and/ or autoimmune disorders. A series of highly supported yoga poses are designed to promote deep rest, relaxation, a renewed sense of wellbeing, and restore equanimity. This class includes gentle over-all stretches, and uses a variety of props to release tension in preparation for resting in the postures. Special attention is given to adapting the postures to accommodate individual needs, ability, and chronic conditions for the best level of comfort. Breath work plays a key role in accessing the parasympathetic nervous system to elicit a relaxation response, increase vitality, and restore energy levels. Mindfulness practices help increase self-awareness, and calm the mind. This practice will leave you feeling relaxed, restored and renewed!

Preventative Strategies for Reducing Risk of Injury Workshop Series
Many people develop chronic conditions over a lifetime as a result of regular participation in medium to high intensity sports, fitness, and yoga-related activities. This workshop series is designed to provide you with strategies for reducing the risk of injury and maintaining a safer, more sustainable lifelong practice of activities that support your physical fitness, health, and well-being. You will learn to:
  • Recognize unhealthy habits, default patterns of movement, and understand how asymmetrical stances and movement sequencing may continue to destabilize and exacerbate your condition.
  • Identify, correct, and create safe and stable positions as a foundation for all symmetrical and asymmetrical stances and greater efficiency of movement; and better postural alignment, increased proprioception, and balance.
  • Develop healthy movement patterns and learn to modify or adapt stances and movement sequences to accommodate your condition, reduce the risk of injury, enhance rehabilitation, and promote recovery.
  • Release tension and increase range-of-motion using basic tools such as props, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), the breath, and more.
  • Strengthen weak dysfunctional muscle groups and stabilize joints to reduce the risk of injury and optimize performance.
  • Cultivate mindfulness practices to calm the mind, and increase self-awareness, focus, and concentration.
Low Back Care Workshop Series
This workshop is modeled on the Essential Low Back Program developed by Robin Rothenberg. Her program is based on two studies using yoga therapy (funded by the NIH, and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2005 and 20011). The Essential Low Back Program Workbook is recommended reading for the series from which practice sessions will be drawn.

Millions of people suffer from low back pain, chronic lumbar conditions, and back injuries as a result of ongoing participation in medium to high intensity sports, fitness, and yoga related activities. The impact of participating in these activities overtime with incorrect postural alignment and technique can further destabilize and/ or exacerbate the problem. This workshop series is intended for anyone experiencing lower back pain resulting from minor tweaks and/ or chronic conditions. It is designed to provide you with basic low back care tools and techniques to help relieve lower back pain, and reduce the risk of destabilizing and exacerbating the condition further. You will learn to:
  • Use the breath as an effective tool for accessing the parasympathetic nervous system to help manage pain, elicit a relaxation response, increase vitality, and restore energy levels.
  • Cultivate mindfulness practices to help increase self-awareness, calm the mind, and promote a greater sense of wellbeing.
  • Recognize preconditions, predispositions, limitations, restrictions, unhealthy habits, default patterns of movement affect your postural alignment and mobility.
  • Release tension and mobilize restrictions to relieve lower back pain using basic techniques and tools such as props, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), and more.
  • Identify, correct, and maintain good postural alignment to stabilize your spine in a well-organized position as a foundation for all movement. Stand, sit, and lie in positions that provide greater stability, comfort, ease, and relief for lower back pain and chronic conditions.
  • Cultivate greater awareness of how asymmetrical stances and movement sequencing may continue to destabilize and exacerbate your condition.
  • Create greater stability in symmetrical and asymmetrical stances for better alignment, greater efficiency of movement, increased proprioception, and balance.
  • Develop healthy movement patterns and learn to modify or adapt stances and movement sequences to accommodate your condition, reduce the risk of injury, enhance rehabilitation, and promote recovery.
  • Strengthen weak dysfunctional muscle groups and stabilize joints to reduce the risk of further injury and maintain a safer, more sustainable practice.

Programs

Fitness Conditioning Program
This program is founded on best practices and provides techniques for optimal health, fitness, wellness, and performance based on the following principles:
  • Use the breath as an effective tool for accessing the parasympathetic nervous system to elicit a relaxation response, increase vitality, and energy levels, and create space and opening.
  • Cultivate mindfulness practices to calm the mind, and increase self-awareness, focus, and concentration.
  • Develop competency in the ability to diagnose and observe anomalies in self and others.
  • Recognize preconditions, predispositions, limitations, restrictions, unhealthy habits, default patterns of movement, and cultivate greater awareness of how asymmetrical stances and movement sequencing can destabilize and exacerbate a condition.
  • Release tension, mobilize restrictions, and increase range-of-motion using tools and techniques such as props, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), etc.
  • Identify, correct, stabilize your spine in a well-organized position, and maintain good postural alignment to create safe and stable positions as a foundation for all symmetrical and asymmetrical stances and greater efficiency of movement; and better postural alignment, increased proprioception, and balance.
  • Develop healthy movement patterns and learn to modify or adapt stances and movement sequences to accommodate your condition, reduce the risk of injury, enhance rehabilitation, and promote recovery.
  • Understand the Principles of Sequence Design for Symmetry and Asymmetry of Stances and Movement:
    1. Every stance or sequence must begin with creating optimal postural alignment and stabilization of the spine in a well-organized position.
    2. For every Asymmetrical Movement, there is a Symmetrical Recovery Movement.
    3. For every Asymmetrical Sequence, there is a Symmetrical Recovery Sequence.
  • Maintain a fitness conditioning regiment to:
    • Strengthen Weak Dysfunctional Muscles Groups
    • Develop Joint and Core Stabilization
    • Reduce the Risk of Injury
    • Enhance Rehabilitation and Recovery
    • Optimize Performance
    • Increase Safety, Resiliency and Sustainability
  • Engage in daily activities and group support an an integral part of establishing healthy lifestyle patterns to counteract recidivism.


CATALOG OFFERINGS


Our Integral Wellness Programs are compassion and wellness based, with the focus being on: "Stress Management Tools and Self-Care Practices," and "Health Resource Optimization". Stress Management & Self-Care is about managing stress and enhancing self-care by identifying the causes, conditions, and impact of stress; and using practical tools and techniques for managing stress and enhancing self-care. Optimizing your Health Resource is about wellness and health-creation — it is about individually and collectively taking responsibility for choosing and maintaining healthy lifestyles, communities, jobs, and environments. And it is about ensuring that compassion and awareness of the whole-system and whole-life-cycle guide Health Resource policies and practices regarding the quality and cost of birth, life, living, dying, death, and the recapturing of resources.

The following Workshops and Programs focused Stress Management Tools and Self-Care Practices for Individuals | Organizations are available by request.

Workshops

Personal Practices in Times of Stress
This workshop is designed for individuals experiencing increased stress due to major transition, personal and professional crisis. Yet crisis invites opportunities for those who can quickly adapt to a shifting reality. It provides strategies for navigating and adapting in a time of change; and insights, stress management tools, and self-care practices to maximize well-being, increase effectiveness, efficiency, productivity.

Off-Site Intensive Workshop Retreats
These 36-hour intensive retreats are designed to provide individuals and small groups the opportunity to step away from the stress of daily life, enhance self-care, restore a sense of well-being and equanimity, and reestablish a sense of connection in beautiful surroundings. The retreats will be customized for the needs of the individual or group.

Programs

Cancer Prevention and Health Recovery
This program focuses on the need to shift attitudes, behaviors and habits that result in disease, and the adoption of healthier lifestyles to prevent cancer and reduce the risk of other autoimmune diseases. In addition to advocating regular screenings for certain cancers, it also educates participants on how to take preventative action by avoiding harmful toxins and chemicals that are prevalent in the air, food, water, products in our households and the environment that may contribute to the development of cancer and autoimmune disorders. The program is targeted towards all ages, and also works with individuals under medical supervision who have completed active treatment for cancer, and are in recovery. It will provide stress management tools, and self-care practices to enhance the healing process and increase well-being.

Health and Wellness for New Mothers
A program based on compassion and wellness-based practices for pregnant and postpartum women.

Nutrition
The focus of this program is on the importance of good nutrition as part of creating a healthy lifestyle for optimal health and wellness. It provides general information on diet related diseases and health risks, as well as healthier food choices to reduce those health risks. Information will be provided on easy and tasty ways to incorporate more nutritious foods into a daily diet, and the preparation of nutritionally balanced and nourishing meals. Participants will learn to create an action plan of daily activities and group support as an integral part of establishing good eating habits and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Stress Management for Operational Success in Sales | Business Development | Customer Service
Are you struggling to maintain excellent service in your organization? Is your business operating with fewer personnel yet serving the same amount of customers? This program is for professionals who are tasked with retaining and generating business in lean economic times. It is designed to address increased stress levels due to organizational transition, workforce reduction; critical project, schedule, and commitment deadlines; and the pressure of coping with fewer available resources. Employees will learn strategies for cultivating and maintaining successful client relationships that are key in providing excellent customer service.The program will also provide stress management tools and self-care practices to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, and well-being of the individual, the team, and the whole system of relationships (customers, suppliers, managers, etc) that are imperative to a company’s success and bottom line.

Restoring the Healing Heart
Stress and burnout are epidemic problems among those in healthcare, social and human service professions due to limited resources, long hours and large caseloads. Many who entered their profession with the ideal of making a difference — may end up feeling disillusioned, overwhelmed, and in despair. This program is targeted towards individuals in healthcare, social and human service professions (staff across all levels — front-line, supervisory, managerial, program coordinators, case managers, etc.) who may be experiencing stress and burnout in daily life, and particularly in the workplace. It will provides stress management tools, and self-care practices to increase wellness, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity.

Health Resource Optimization Strategies — A “Net-Provider” Approach to Healthy Lifestyle Practices for Individuals | Organizations | Communities
Health Resource Optimization is a "Certification Program” based on a “Net-Provider” approach to wellness and health-creation. It provides individuals and collectives with strategies for taking responsibility, choosing, and maintaining healthy lifestyles, communities, jobs, and environments. It spans four years and includes five levels of certification. The first level focuses on the development of everyone as a “Health Practitioner”. Subsequent Levels are for developing health ambassadors, certified coaches, master coaches and global health executives.

This program provides insights, tools, practices, strategies, and a plan of action to address health issues that are a result of stress, poor diet and exercise habits, and sedentary lifestyles. It is designed to give the support needed to shift attitudes and behaviors that result in episodic healthcare intervention — to lifestyle practices that result in prevention and continuous enjoyment of health and well-being from cradle to grave. This program is based on an integrative approached to health and wellness, and can be custom-designed meet the needs of corporate clients, non-profit organizations, specific industries and professions. It can be targeted towards people of all ages — working through communities, churches, community centers, clubs, clinics, hospitals, schools, and colleges.

Health Resource Optimization — “Train-the-Trainer” 4-Day Seminar on Coaching, Training and Facilitation
This seminar provides identified “trainers” in an organization or community with an intensive experiential training in whole-person and whole-system aspects of coaching, teaching and the facilitation of health resource optimization.

Centers | Clinics | Support Groups | Communities
These programs and services implement comprehensive Integral Wellness Centers | Clinics | Support Groups that practice health resource optimization. The establishment of successful "integral wellness communities" is measured and defined as: “health lifestyle practitioners” who manifest shared intention, focus, communication, and action — while taking responsibility for the quality of their individual and collective experience together; individuals — acting as a collective — accrue resources (knowledge, money, influence, . . . ) and take responsibility for the ongoing financial, political, and spiritual health and life force of the collective (The Community). The Community and individual community members take responsibility for their individual and collective views, intentions, focus (attention), communications, behaviors, and impacts. The Community and individual community members manifest sustainable relationships internally and externally with other individuals and collectives, and take responsibility for the caring, nurturing and well being of each other. It is our intention to develop sustainable "business models" as the foundation for the Community operations.


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