Wellbeing

What does wellbeing look like in the context of systemic inequities? How might individual wellbeing be related to community or environmental wellbeing? Accessible, engaging, and expansive, these workshops are designed on a bespoke basis with the context and culture of each unique group in mind. Participants will learn research-informed approaches to integrative wellbeing that incorporate…

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Mindfulness and Meditation

A consistent mindfulness or meditation practice can bring about distinct and profound physical, mental, and interpersonal benefits. While these techniques have been practiced in monasteries and communities around the world since at least 500 BCE, they have seen an exponential rise as topics of research and application in Western medicine, psychology, public health, and behavioral…

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Yoga

Customized Yoga classes can be designed for groups or individuals. Themes might include: posttraumatic thriving positive emotions (e.g., gratitude) mood dysregulation (e.g., anxiety, depression) addiction yamas or niyamas (e.g., santosha, contentment) prenatal back care workplace yoga chair-based classes adapted for kids Teacher Training Continuing education modules for Yoga teachers: Creating Safe Spaces: Trauma, Emotion Regulation, and…

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Jo’s Bio

Jo ‘Okika Shigeko Qina’au, MA, E-YT (750)  From the moku of ‘Ewa, on the island of O’ahu, in the archipelago of Hawai’i, Jo finds great joy and meaning in serving as a steward of wellbeing for her community. She offers trauma-informed classes and workshops in Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, compassion, and wellbeing informed by interdisciplinary studies…

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Scholarly & Scientific

Presentations and workshops Mindfulness Compassion Yoga Wellbeing Meditation (histories, types, benefits) Breathing exercises (types, mental and physical health correlates) Trauma (types, symptomology, treatments) Dissociation Emotion regulation Decolonizing wellbeing Native Hawaiian wellbeing Mind-body research Stress, psychophysiology, and biofeedback Physical activity as a protective factor for mental health Mindful Movement Module (TM) Others … Undergraduate courses taught…

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Community Service

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu Civic engagement is the glue that binds a democracy together, while prosocial behavior, including altruism, has been scientifically proven to increase meaning, belonging, and happiness in people’s lives. Altruism is an evolutionary necessity to human existence, and a central…

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