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Foundations of UZIT: 3-Day Self-Care Workshop CHICAGO

Event date: 5/17/2017 9:00 AM - 5/19/2017 1:00 PM Export event

Event Location: LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, 442 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva, IL

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Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-5pm & Friday 9am-1pm

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT), created by Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee is a holistic care method that relies on the syner­gistic effects of mindful movements, restorative yoga poses, breath awareness exercises, meditation, essential oils, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative care. UZIT-trained therapists work in a wide range of settings, from hospitals to rehab centers to senior-care and hospice facilities across the United States, helping patients and health care workers. The practice is also useful for anyone interested in taking care of family and friends. UZIT has been shown to ease insomnia, pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and constipation (referred to as PANIC(tm)—things that are amplified during illness or a hospital stay but that we experience in daily life too.

In this 3-day workshop you will learn basic UZIT strategies for Self-Care.  The skills you learn at this 3-day workshop will prepare you for the full UZIT training, which includes an additional 12 in-person training days, over the course of four months.

Each training day begins with a yoga class that includes active and restorative poses, breath work, and meditation. This practice is followed by lectures, discussions, and practices related to UZIT modalities, including:

  • Yoga therapy: In-chair and mindful movements, restorative yoga, breath awareness, and guided body awareness meditation  

  • Essential oils: Protocol for using three therapeutic-grade essential oils—lavender, lemon, and peppermint—and information on using other single oils and blends

  • Nutrition: Nutritional information as a form of self-care for UZITs.

  • Contemplative Care: Training and practice in the ability to stay present, calm, and effective in the midst of suffering

You’ll learn how to layer these modalities to address the symptoms of PANIC(tm) in yourself so that you can be more grounded, relaxed, and restored, and be present as your serve others. As Roshi Joan Halifax, a Buddhist teacher and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care, says, “Healthcare without self-care is sick care.”

A big Thank You to Living Well Cancer Resource Center part of Northwestern Medicinefor sponsoring our event at their location in Geneva, Illinois!


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