This was a good balance of science and holistic
approach to health and health care. The sharing of experiences and
learning from each other was very valuable. I started out as a skeptic,
but ended up learning a lot about myself. Thank you!
It is a well articulated blend of scientific
facts and information as well as the spiritual consciousness and
intention behind the behavioral teachings. Dr. K and Tom balanced
both of each others teachings very well. Your teaching was full
and broad yet clear and concise. The gathering of people was a comfortable
forum for sharing and learning. Thanks to you both for a great gift
of real care!
AB, Customer Support
I felt we were always talking about profoundly
important things in a profoundly kind and generous spirit. The medium
was the message – the sessions themselves were meditative,
calm, safe, supportive and nonjudgmental. The printed material was
so thoughtful – both oral and written and the meditations.
I learned a tremendous amount from the group and from Kirana’s
and Tom’s spontaneous ideas.
JKP, Law Professor
Fabulous! I wish the series lasted longer.
My husband noted that our household has been more harmonious since
I participated. My son and I now enjoy making our gratitude lists
together at bedtime.
DR, Social Worker
I especially liked talking, learning and thinking
about ways to ‘think about thinking’ and overcome mental
habits that aren’t helpful. I also liked learning factual
knowledge about stress physiology and nutrition. The written information
will be a helpful resource. Thank you for giving your time to this!
I have friends who will love it!
I loved the structure and the content of the
sessions. The two of you really hit upon many key components that
if explored and practiced, can lead to a very fulfilling life experience.
I really got in touch with myself and realized that relaxation is
attainable. I learned that there are many methods to achieve relaxation/harmony
and look forward to establishing good patterns. It was a great experience.
As soon as I walked into the room I felt safe.
I felt like people in the room ‘got it.’ I felt oneness
with myself. This experience was very spiritual. I loved it.
AS, Customer Service Representative
The Mind-Body Awareness and Stress Reduction
workshop made me aware of ways to incorporate healthier behavior
into my lifestyle. Exposure to tai chi and yoga, as well as meditation,
and a gathering helped me to adopt new coping strategies in a supportive
And increased sense of well-being has contributed to my motivation
to continue the practice of yoga or tai chi. As a person who has
resisted exercise this is a significant change in my approach to
physical activity. Meditation has become a cornerstone of my quest
for a more balanced life.
I believe I have more tools to control my responses to stressful
situations, and a more relaxed view of my role in life. Strangely
enough, I feel that by worrying less, I have more control of my
environment, as I feel that I am a more positive human being, and
I attract a more positive response from the world around me.
The Mind-Body Awareness program has introduced
me to a holistic approach of living in a natural, easy-to-follow
I am learning to de-stress and detach myself from unhealthy patterns
of coping (or not coping) at work and in the home environment. Instead
of reacting, I can now choose to respond to stressful situations
in a more self-responsible and self-aware manner. Relaxation techniques,
meditation and detoxifying myself of unnecessary trigger foods has
been a big help.
The sharing of ideas and feedback from group members has provided
a support system which I think is imperative to personal growth.
Simply put – The Stress Reduction through
Mind Body Awareness group is a powerful experiential and practical
group experience, particularly in helping each of us understand
the role and impact that stress plays in our lives both physically
Through their extremely gentle, respectful and caring approach,
Dr. Kefalos and her co-facilitator, Tom Drillot, helped each of
us through our journey of self-discovery and ‘healing,’ however we defined that for ourselves. A primary focus of the group
was on learning to nurture and love ourselves as we do for so many
others. The weekly meditations, yoga and tai chi instruction were
instrumental in creating a wonderful tone and foundation for the
Kirana and Tom created a safe, accepting and open environment for
group participants to share and grow. Personally, I felt valued,
important and cared about as an individual in the group. The ongoing
support and connection with other group members was also invaluable.
The ability to empower one another is extremely healing.
In short, the group experience enriched my life and provided me
with wonderful ‘tools’ and resources (internal and external)
to help me create a more harmonious, healthy, balanced and stress-free
DR, Artist, Social Worker, Mother
When I attended my first session of the Mind-Body
Awareness program I became more aware of the importance of self-care
and that I have the ability to choose, every day, how to manage
the care I give to myself.
With meditation, I am now able to find a quiet space that is already
within the period this quietness sets the tone of peace without
fear to my days into my nights. I no longer feel that it is necessary
for me to think about so many areas of my life all at one time and
that it is better to remain anchored to the present moment. Choosing
to give my presents the concentration and attention it deserves.
And at the same time I can choose to go into my quiet space with
the spirit of peace dwells.
Attending the Mind-Body Awareness group sessions is one of the most
important decisions I have made in my life, for my life. I will
always remember the information that was shared by Dr. Kefalos and
by the members of the group.
I believe that it is no accident that I am part of this all inspiring,
peaceful, and spiritual program. I am so thankful for this opportunity
to be part of this group and to share this testimony.
I truly believe that we are spiritual beings going through a human
experience. And I choose to live my human experience with an open
mind and the will to continue to learn.
AW, Customer Service Representative SBC
These sessions have reinforced my thoughts
about giving up my night job of 20 years and do fun things for myself
including yoga, tai chi and meditation. I loved the sharing. It’s
good to know that I am not the only one who needs to learn stress
reduction. I never gave a lot of thought to the mind-body connection
but now I realize how the mind really affects the body. Dr. K and
Tom – what a wonderful team! Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm
and knowledge with us.
PM, Middle School Teacher
I really love the structure and paradoxically
the balance of less structure – the yoga, tai chi or movement
at the beginning followed by wonderful meditation then lecture and
discussion ending with meditation. Kirana and Tom were awesome leaders – affirming, quite forthright in sharing themselves, set up
a great group dynamic, imparted much good information.
up a safe, nonjudgmental group situation in which people felt free
to share. I really incorporated so many elements/tips into my life
and will continue to work on doing more (breathing, mindfulness,
more exercise, stress management tips). In this society, sometimes
it seems that being authentic is not valued/ respected. This group
and the leaders validated how important the authentic self is, in
terms of mind and body. The mind body connection was shown and demonstrated
in so many ways. A wonderful experience!
SC, Social Worker, Mother
What I liked most about these gatherings – The relaxed state I felt when I left; not feeling alone in my anxiety;
the connection I felt with the other people in the group.