Brain Longevity®Therapy Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Dates: Thursday, March 15 – Sunday, March 18, 2018
Origins of the Brain Longevity Program:
When Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., Founding President of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), first created this program in the early 1990’s, it was a revolutionary idea. Since then, we at ARPF have seen first-hand how the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention® have helped people of all ages and backgrounds improve their brain function. We now want to share the research and clinical results with you, so that you can bring these tools to your community and become part of the movement to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss and cognitive disability.
This Training is for Anyone Who Works with Baby Boomers and Older Adults, but in Particular for:
- Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Practitioners
- Integrative/Holistic Medicine Practitioners, such as Acupuncturists, Art Therapists, Massage Therapists, Ayurvedic Practitioners
- Yoga teachers (of all traditions)
- Music and Movement Therapists
- Registered Nurses and NP’s
- Veteran Care Providers
- Occupational Therapists
- Life/Wellness Coaches
- Yoga Therapists
- Activity Directors
About Dr. Chris Walling
Chris Walling, Psy.D, MBA, C-IAYT has been an active leader in healthcare for nearly two decades. His work integrates the developmental, biological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry.
Dr. Walling’s service in geriatric psychiatry began as the Executive Administrator for the UCLA Longevity Center and Division of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2010. It was there through his work with world class physician researchers he began to explore the applications of yoga therapy in mental health. He currently serves as Chairman of the Education Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. He is a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Certified Yoga and Meditation instructor through Yoga Alliance.
Dr. Walling is the President of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuropsychotherapy, affect regulation, and body psychology. He has trained with some of the leading experts in contemporary psychotherapy including Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Sue Johnson, and Dr. Allan Schore. His research on Proprioception and Interoception in Somatic Experiencing Praxis received the 2016 President’s Award for Research Excellence at California Southern University.
Dr. Walling is the Clinical Director of Soma Psychological Services in Los Angeles, California where he specializes in stress related disorders, trauma, couples work, and addiction recovery. His passion and expertise in resilience, mindfulness, and psychological wellbeing make him a sought after speaker for several Fortune 500 companies where he has helped executives learn how to harness the power of peak performance via the innate resources of the body.
About Kirti Khalsa, RYT
Kirti serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the Board of ARPF. Before moving to the United States, she worked for a multinational pharmaceutical company in the export, marketing and Regulatory Affairs departments in Italy, America, and Switzerland. She was responsible for single-handedly implementing, managing, and overseeing the opening of a branch office in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Kirti’s main ARPF responsibility is to keep the foundation running smoothly. She handles all organization and administration relations. Kirti has spearheaded the ARPF Memory Screening Initiative for the past 14 years and is an avid supporter in helping seniors through lectures and wellness programs. She is a graduate of the Senior Suicide Prevent Program as well as the Grief Recovery Program. Her passion is to keep our elders healthy and a vibrant part of our community.
Being fluent in five languages, Kirti is a master communicator and an integral part in developing ARPF’s international presence. Although much of her work has been over a worldwide platform, Kirti is also very active in her local Tucson community. As an experienced yoga practitioner, she has taught yoga classes to seniors and people with disabilities for over 20 years. She also supports the local Senior Companion Program and works with her Rotary Club to promote health awareness.
Kirti is a black belt in Indian Martial Art “Gatka” and a brown belt in Kung Fu. She also enjoys gardening and cooking in her free time.