On our last First Friday, March 1st, Dr. Lenka Glassman, PsyD. delivered a presentation on anxiety to our Take Five community. Dr. Glassman divided her presentation into three parts: Body, Thoughts, and Behaviors. She explained that anxiety can be experienced as physical pain in various parts of the body (for example: neck, shoulders, and back) and it happens when the limbic system becomes hyper-activated.

An expert in Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Dr. Glassman pointed out that anxiety can be experienced as obsessive thoughts that manifest in ritualistic behaviors. Racing thoughts and insomnia are other ways that anxiety manifests in our minds, she explained. Dr. Glassman cited Mindfulness practice, Yoga, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (a meditation technique), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as treatments for anxiety. She also emphasized that it is important to take action and face our fears, because anxiety feeds on uncertainty and avoidance. Avoiding situational anxiety raises long term symptoms. We are so thankful to Dr. Glassman for taking the time to speak to us and are looking forward to more. -Katie Toner

Take Five Meditation will be offering a new class titled Qigong Movement and Meditation.

Qigong is a moving meditation from the Taoist and Chinese Medicine Lineage. We will start with a movement warm up, then explore some qigong forms which activate and work with specific energy meridians related to internal organs, mental and emotional health. Then we will do a Taoist meditation which involves both active visualization and passive awareness.

Andrei Stoica has been practicing qigong for many years. His initial opening into the Healing Arts started with learning martial arts in high school. This lead to a study of various forms of yoga and mediation. Andrei Attended Massage school and Acupuncture school in Berkeley CA. He is currently an Energy Healer and teacher as well as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.