FREE SMART Program Info Session

This class is taught by:

Robert Rollings

RYT 200

Ro started practicing at SPY in March of 2014. He graduated from SPY's teacher training program in 2016 and began assisting in 2017.

Do you struggle with stress? Join us for this Info Session about our upcoming program with Dr. Robert Rollings.
The Stress Management And Resiliency Training (SMART) program teaches self-care practices to help buffer daily stress, making us less emotionally and physically vulnerable to it. This program is designed to help participants regain control and build resilience through a variety of mind body principles and self-care interventions, leading to reduced medical symptoms and an enhanced quality of life.
This program will help participants:
  • Understand the connection between stress and physical or emotional problems
  • Learn a variety of techniques to elicit the relaxation response, the body’s innate stress buffer
  • Appreciate the role of positive thoughts and beliefs
  • Learn the importance of healthy eating, restorative sleep and physical activity
Anyone with the following would benefit:
  • Anxiety-related symptoms
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Chronic pain or TMJ
  • Insomnia or fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Skin problems
  • Asthma or allergies
The SMART program represents the results of over 40 years of clinical practice and scientific research in the field of Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. This program is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Herbert Benson, who as a young cardiologist, convinced the Dalai Lama to allow him to study the physiology of Tibetan monks. He discovered what he termed the “relaxation response,” when he found that meditation affected metabolism, the rate of breathing, heart rate and brain activity. Further research has demonstrated additional ways to initiate the relaxation response, including yoga, qigong, tai chi, jogging, breathing exercise, prayer and progressive muscle relaxation.
In this program you will learn a variety of stress management practices including, single pointed focus, breath awareness, body scanning, mindful awareness, guided imagery, lovingkindness, contemplation, and yoga. 
The program is comprised of 8 two hour sessions, beginning February 13th from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. Option to include 8 weeks of yoga is available if you do not have a pass already.