The Brain-Mind-Wellness is a UCLA Summer Institute facilitated by the Center for East-West Medicine, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Mindful Awareness Research Center, Tennenbaum Family Center for the Biology of Creativity, David Geffen School of Medicine.
The Brain-Mind-Wellness at UCLA Summer Institute engages students in Mindfulness Practice and Theory, Personal Brain Management, Integrative East-West Medicine for Health and Wellness. This series of courses and experiences are focused on bridging multiple disciplines to understand the links among brain, mind and wellness. The courses emphasize both the scientific foundations and practical applications of methods that aim to enhance health, well-being, and creativity.
Mindfulness practice is one of the best-validated and practical methods by which the brain can modify its own functioning in a positive way. BMW Summer Institute students will learn not only the practices but also the theoretical background behind mindfulness practices in the Mindfulness Practice and Theory (MPT) course. Then the neuroscientific bases of these exciting practices will be examined further in the course Personal Brain Management (PBM); the PBM course will also survey research on mindfulness and how it effects brain structure, functions and neuroplasticity. The core mindfulness practices are taught in a secular way in the MPT course, yet these practices derive from ancient methods that were cultivated and refined in Asian religious, philosophical, and medical systems. The core principles of traditional Chinese medicine that are linked to mindfulness practices will be reviewed in the companion course Integrative East/West Medicine (IEWM).
For registration and more information: http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/BrainMindWellness/overview.htm