Apr 5, 2024

A live online conversation with Eve Ekman, Ph.D.; Cristina Lanata, M.D.; and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D.

In December 2023 we explored how burnout can be addressed through self-care and meditation. The exploration continues in Part 2, as writer, teacher and contemplative social scientist Eve Ekman and physician-scientist Cristina Lanata discuss how the fatigue, irritability, and related physical issues of burnout can be prevented and eased using mind-body practices such as yoga, tai chi, and massage therapy.

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Post-broadcast summary: Eve, Cristina and Alejandro discussed the relationship between burnout, stress, and mind-body practices, focusing on personal experiences and the potential impact of inherited trauma. They also explored the interconnection between the body, mind, and emotions, and the importance of self-care, exercise, and community support in managing stress and preventing burnout. Lastly, they emphasized the significance of personal power, community, and nature in addressing feelings of depletion and disconnection, and the value of interdisciplinary approaches in palliative care.




About the Presenters


Eve Ekman Ph.D., MSW, is a writer, teacher and contemplative social scientist designing, delivering, and evaluating tools for emotional awareness. Eve draws from interdisciplinary training in clinical social work, integrative medicine, social psychology, and contemplative practice where she has focused on addressing burnout, especially among frontline professionals. Currently Dr. Ekman is wellbeing lead on the health team at Apple; the lead trainer for the Cultivating Emotional Balance training program; a senior fellow at Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; and Mind and Life Institute fellow. More about Eve Ekman


Cristina Lanata, M.D., is a physician-scientist, a rheumatologist interested in the interaction of genetic risk and environmental and social exposures in the origins of autoimmunity. In particular she studies a disease called systemic lupus erythematosus. A spiritual practitioner, she combines her meditative contemplative practices with qigong and Andean cosmology. Cristina attended medical school at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University, Washington Hospital Center; and her fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of California, San Francisco. She served as chief resident at Georgetown University and later worked as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of California, San Francisco.


Alejandro Chaoul bio photoAlejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D. (host) serves as director of research for Ligmincha International. He has studied in the Tibetan traditions since 1989, and for nearly 30 years in the Bön Tradition with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He holds a Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is the director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston. For the last 20 years he has been teaching and researching the benefits of Tibetan mind-body practices for people touched by cancer. He is a Contemplative Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute, and is the author of Chöd Practice in the Bön Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009), Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being (Hay House, 2018), and Tibetan Yoga: Magical Movements of Body, Breath, and Mind (Wisdom Publications, 2021).