About a year ago, Colleen and I helped chair the Urban Zen Initiative with Donna Karan and Sonja Nuttall. This 10-day forum explored the future of integrative medicine and the new healthcare paradigm. One of our immediate concerns was to train about 100 yoga teachers, mainly from the New York area, in some basic yoga therapy techniques that would address chronic health conditions and common symptoms of many diseases, including pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and constipation. Colleen and I led these trainings along with a number of other senior yoga teachers.
The training sessions were a marvelous success. We covered tremendous ground in pioneering the future of healthcare with some of the most prominent doctors and nurses of our time.
Now, one year later, Urban Zen has become a foundation fostering three initiatives: Health and Wellness, Spiritual Education for Kids, and Cultural Education and Sustainability. In the Health and Wellness Initiative, we are launching a national program to train Urban Zen Integrative Therapists and then to implement them to serve in hospitals throughout the nation. These therapists will have a strong background as yoga teachers and will be further trained in massage, aromatherapy, death and dying, and nutrition.
Our thanks to Gaiam, which has been instrumental in funding and filming many of the Urban Zen events to date. For more info on the Urban Zen Foundation and its initiatives, go to urbanzen.org.