Jun 1, 2021

A live online discussion with Ruth Wolever, Richard Rosen, and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich

Pranayama, or the ancient practice of breath control in yoga and other meditative traditions, plays a crucial role in linking body and mind. Modern research also suggests that certain breathing techniques can promote physical wellbeing, and perhaps even aid in preventing and managing lung ailments such as those associated with COVID-19. The fifth in a series of 2021 Science & Spirituality Dialogs on wellness of body, breath, and mind, this online broadcast is part of a free yearlong online program. Learn more

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About the Presenters


Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC, is a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She serves as the director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching, as well as the interim director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, which specializes in the integrative treatment of chronic pain. Ruth has a secondary appointment at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and an adjunct associate professorship at Meharry Medical College. Ruth is also the chief science officer for eMindful, Inc., and a founding member and former inaugural president of the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. A clinical health psychologist and nationally board-certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC), Ruth is particularly interested in the intersection of mindfulness, patient empowerment, and inter-professional training in serving patients with chronic conditions.
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Richard Rosen began his practice of yoga in 1980 at the Yoga Room, Berkeley, Calif. Two years later he started a two-year teacher training course at the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, from which he graduated in 1983. In 1987, with his good friend Rodney Yee he opened the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, Calif., which operated until 2012. Richard has written numerous articles and reviews for national yoga magazines. He is the author of five books (four published by Shambhala), including The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama  (2002), Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals (2006), Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga (2012) — based on the 17-century Gheranda Samhita (Gheranda’s Compilation) — and Yoga FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga—from Asanas to Yamas (2017). His fifth book, Yoga by the Numbers, is due out in spring 2022. Richard lives in a 115-year-old bungalow in beautiful Berkeley, Calif.


Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D. (host) 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. Alejandro is a Contemplative Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute, and is the author of Chöd Practice in the Bön Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009) and Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being (Hay House, 2018).