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Free public seminar on Meditation chaired by expert panel
As part of the Health, Culture and Spirituality Series, the Australia India Institute presents an opportunity for everyone to gain insight on one of India's greatest gifts to humanity- meditation. Whether you have never meditated or you're an expert, expect this two hour seminar with a practical meditation session to be fascinating and refreshing.
Though meditation stems from India's ancient spiritual, religious and yogic traditions, it has now become well accepted and utilised in today's world. Meditation is used for a multitude of reasons including producing slower heart and breathing rates, improved blood flow and decreased the chance of suffering from depression and mental health issues.
In this seminar facilitator, Dr.Ranjit Rao, will lead a lively discussion with a panel of experts.
The panellists will discuss:
Why meditation is beneficial
How meditation differs from general relaxation
Different meditation techniques, how they work and how they differ from each other
What are the mechanics of meditation?
The role of meditation in health and sport as well as one's personal and corporate life
How we can use technology to increase the uptake of regular meditation?
The panel discussion will finish with a practical meditation session.
Dr Ranjit Rao,(Surgeon, RR Health and Wellness) will be chairing an expert panel that also includes:Professor Rob Moodie (Prof of Public Health ); Jonni Pollard (founder of One Giant Mind); Suzanne Edwards (Transcendental Meditation Teacher); and Dr Tami Roos (meditation teacher, author and intuitive counsellor).
About the panellists:
Dr Ranjit Rao is a Urological surgeon who is also trained in Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. Urology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs.
He has long promoted the use of complementary therapies alongside conventional mainstream treatments. He has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for more than 20 years and encourages patients to explore these therapies to manage their own urological problems.
He completed basic training in India in 1996 and understands that this is a vast science that has yet to be tapped in the Western world.
Professor Rob Moodie is Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne. Between 1998 and 2007 he was the CEO of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth).
Jonni Pollard, founder of 1 Giant Mind, is a social entrepreneur driven to affect meaningful change in the world through facilitating a philosophical, scientific and experiential understanding of human consciousness and the role our minds play in shaping our experiences. Jonni is now a full time meditation teacher.
Transcendental Meditation teacher Suzanne Edwards has been teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique for the past 15 years and has 16 years experience as a qualified Maharishi Ayur-Veda Health Educator and Consultant. She has taught Transcendental Meditation in the Corporate and business world to individuals from as young as four to 93 years of age. Her focus is women and children's health care.
Author, meditation facilitator and intuitive counselor, Dr Tami Roos is passionate about practicing daily meditation. Tami gained her PhD in Parapsychic Science from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in 2007 and has been teaching meditation for the past ten years. Tami also facilitates a developmental course in meditation, which draws on her own experiential experience. The Gift: Presence to Power is Tami Roos's second book.