Imagine your legal group on an ethereal mountain, lush forest or secluded beach far from the wars of the law practice, gaining serenity, rejuvenation and strength; and learning new ways to prevent future stress. On a more modest scale this can be accomplished in a conveniently located studio.
Yogalaw is devoted to providing large law firms, legal organizations or individual lawyers in a group setting with lectures and seminars relating the principles of yoga to the practice of law. Yogalaw is also devoted to changing human behavior one breath at a time for the betterment of the legal profession and those we serve.
We can change:
The ultimate goal of yoga law is to effect positive permanent change and provide relief from the racket in the mind that distracts and instills fear. Until recently, the prevailing opinions in the field of brain research thought the brain was hard wired preventing change in thinking and response. However, a revolution in brain physiology has now provided conclusive proof that the brain circuits, moods, thought and resulting behavior can and do change.
Richard Davidson has lead groundbreaking work on mediation and the brain.
People who underwent eight weeks of meditation training produced more antibodies to a flu vaccine and showed signs of increased activity in areas of the brain related to positive emotion than individuals who did not meditate, according to a new study in Psychosomatic Medicine.
The study is the first to link meditation to changes in brain activity associated with positive feeling and the first to demonstrate that mediation can affect immune function, say Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., professor of psychology and psychiatry of the University of Wisconsin.
“Our findings indicate that a short training program in mindful meditation has demonstrable effects on brain and immune function and underscores the need for additional research on the biological consequences of this intervention,” Davidson says.
Richard Davidson, who was one of the first Western scientists to recognize the value of Eastern spiritual practices in physical and mental health. His research on brain function and the impact of meditation on emotional health has taken him to highest peak of the Himalayas to study the brain waves of Buddhist monks—work that has earned him the respect and friendship of the Dalai Lama, who has visited Davidson’s Madison laboratory along with a number of monks who participated in studies there—to the cubicles of ordinary Wisconsin employees to alleviate the damage of stress in their lives. Davidson was the youngest person ever to receive the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, one of the highest awards one can receive in psychology. His groundbreaking findings and prolific writings have won him numerous honors and placed him at the top of his field, and he has been profiled and widely quoted in such popular publications as Time, Newsweek, and the The New York Times.
Dr. Frances Benes of Harvard has established that behavior does change the brain. Dr. Elizabeth Gould of Princeton has established that exercise retards stress and that there is no thinking without feeling. Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz of UCLA did ground breaking work with obsessive/compulsive behavior. Thought to be the most difficult behaviors to change, Dr. Schwartz has miraculous results with mindfulness practice.
Brain scans have shown that the brains of Republicans and Democrats are actually wired differently. However, the deep neural impressions formed by the continuous repetitive thoughts we have every day can be “rewired” though positive thought and resulting behavior. The more we practice yoga and meditate, the more dramatically and quickly we reroute neural impressions. James Austin, Zen and the Brain. Happiness is sub-cortical. Dopamine is released through mediation. Dr. Sarah Lazar of Harvard established that mediation thickens the part of the cortex related to empathy.
Yogalaw will attempt to tailor these lectures to the Continuing Legal Educational requirements of the various state bars of the attendees. As an Example, The State Bar of California requires that a lecture must have significant current intellectual or practical content. The subject matter must either relate to legal subject and the legal professions or the generic problems of substance abuse. Additionally, the lecturer must have practical or academic experience with the subject matter.
Yogalaw can present lectures on a variety of legal subjects, including legal ethics by an attorney experienced in that area. These lectures can be presented in a setting where the attendee is in various yoga or meditation postures, as long as the attendee is focused on the lecture. Substance abuse lectures by those meeting the criteria can also be presented during yoga or meditation postures.
Any seminar can be designed to separate legal lectures in the traditional manner from yoga or meditation practice or lectures on stress, health and metaphysics, providing continuing legal education credits only for the former.
Therefore, Yogalaw will not only inform, it will change. Can you imagine the power of a law firm whose members are creative, strong and productive, and not handicapped by stress and destructive behavior?
To design an event that meets the objectives, needs and health of your legal group, contact Richard Hamar at: (310) 550-0460;