This level 1 program is an interactive training that focuses on UZIT techniques essential to self care and family care, focusing on five healing modalities, which include yoga, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. It provides the foundation, and is a prerequisite, for the professional UZIT Program (level 2).
UZIT instructor Tracy Griffiths, of Los Angeles California, who teaches the essential oils therapy component of the program says, "Urban Zen is so exciting to be a part of! For the last three years I have been regularly traveling to New York City to teach world class health care professionals. Teaching ancient healing techniques to western doctors and nurses has been remarkable. We are truly bridging eastern and western medicine. And now offering this to the public, here in southern California is as dream come true."
UCLA is the first medical system on the West Coast to adopt Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, a program that delivers yoga therapy, mindfulness meditation, nutrition, Reiki and aromatherapy to the bedside of interested patients. These Eastern approaches, offered in conjunction with traditional Western therapies, are designed to address discomfort due to pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and constipation. The program is being implemented at UCLA in partnership with the Urban Zen Foundation, which is providing extensive training in the techniques to members of the hospital staff.
Urban Zen was founded by world-renowned fashion designer Donna Karan based on her experience when her husband was dying of lung cancer in 2001. Distressed that the hospital in New York where he was being treated offered little to ease her husband's pain and anxiety.
For more information visit http://www.yogaworks.com and click on to the Tarzana Location, or visit http://www.aromayogaguide.com.
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Tracy Griffiths RPP, RPE and CMT directs of the Life Energy Institute, which offers continuing education for nurses, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Tracy is also the author of Aroma Yoga®: How to Use Essential Oils in Your Yoga Practice.