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    July 01, 2019


    Portsmouth -- On Thursday, Aug. 1, Dr. Inna Khazan, clinical psychologist and Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, comes to The Music Hall as part of its Innovation + Leadership series. She will share her book BIOFEEDBACK AND MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE: Practical Solutions for Improving Your Health and Performance, which describes a mind-body approach to taking control of physical and emotional health. 


    The 7pm event includes an author presentation and Q&A, plus a post-event book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress St., in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


    “With her clinical expertise and clarity of thought, Dr. Khazan’s insights are as meaningful in application as they are fascinating,” said moderator Tina Sawtelle, Chief Financial Officer at The Music Hall. “I can’t wait to learn more from her about how each of us can put her techniques to use.” 



    Biofeedback is the process of training your body to control its involuntary actions, such as breathing and heart rate. Minor changes to these actions can significantly improve physical and emotional well- being. In BIOFEEDBACK AND MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE, Harvard Medical School faculty member Inna Khazan pairs biofeedback techniques with mindfulness practice to address some of life’s most common ailments?from anxiety and fear to stress and insomnia.


    She begins with a description of basic physiological information, explaining concepts such as breathing and overbreathing. In Part Two she dives into the practice of mindfulness. And in Part Three she zeroes in on applying this mind-body approach to an array of common problems.


    Inna Khazan’s approach outlines simple solutions for readers who want to improve the way they respond to challenges. She guides them through increasing their resilience and emotional flexibility while empowering them to take back control of their overall health.


    Dr. Inna Khazan, PhD, holds a faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and trains professionals in biofeedback. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.



    The ticket package for Innovation + Leadership: Dr. Inna Khazan with BIOFEEDBACK AND MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE: Practical Solutions for Improving Your Health and Performance on Thursday, August 1, at 7pm is $37. In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of BIOFEEDBACK AND MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE ($22.95 hardcover), a bar beverage, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400, or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street. 


    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org, or Brittany Wason, Literary Coordinator, at bwason@themusichall.org 


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    About Innovation + Leadership

    In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation + Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology. The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond—all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field sharing experiences and providing participants practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives. From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today’s champions in philanthropy, feminism, and family matters, each Innovation + Leadership event is memorable and impactful. The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation + Leadership series delivers on that commitment.


    Presenting Sponsor: Alnoba

    Series Sponsors: Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine; Bangor Savings Bank

    Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa Realtors; Portwalk Place; The River House Restaurant

    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire




    “Inna Khazan brilliantly integrates two approaches, mindfulness, and biofeedback. A truly readable book—anchored in science—that explains how biofeedback enhances the self-regulation of the body and how mindfulness is the cognitive emotional approach for acceptance and resilience. This combined approach anchors the concept that mind/emotions/ body are one. It is skills NOT pills. This is a MUST book for students, therapists, and anyone interested in reducing symptoms, optimizing health, and promoting resilience. It provides pragmatic practices that anyone can do at home or at work to increase well-being; since health is the integrating of learned health-promoting skills into daily life.”—Erik Peper, Ph.D., Professor at San Francisco State University, author of Biofeedback Mastery: An Experiential Teaching and Self-Training Manual and Fighting Cancer


    “Dr. Khazan is a master at taking complex subject matter and turning it into a readable, step-by-step manual that can be valuable for almost anyone interested in self-improvement. This book, BIOFEEDBACK AND MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE, covers recent developments in fields as diverse as Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback to Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and translates scientific findings into useful daily skills. A wonderful resource for both clinicians and patients.”—Richard Gevirtz, Ph.D., BCB, Distinguished Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University


    “Dr. Khazan provides an intuitive step-by-step guide for building resilience and emotional flexibility. She demystifies biofeedback and mindfulness, systematically teaches invaluable skills that don’t require equipment, and explains how we can apply these new skills to challenges like anger, depression, and pain. If you’ve always wanted a clearly written and engaging introduction to biofeedback and mindfulness for clients or students, your wait is over! This amazing book has earned my highest recommendation.”—Fredric Shaffer, Ph.D., BCB, BCB-HRV, Professor of Psychology, Truman State University, and Director of the Center for Applied Psychology


    “This book is simply brilliant! Inna Khazan is the world’s leading expert on mindfulness and biofeedback. She combines these fields in a remarkably clear and insightful manner, grounding all she writes in solid science and clinical wisdom. The book is at once a reliable guide for managing common problems such as insomnia, pain, anxiety, or shame, and an invaluable resource for behavioral health professionals. [Khazan] shows us how to work with our human physiology using easily accessible technologies–mindfulness and biofeedback–to live happier and healthier lives. Highly recommended!”—Christopher Germer, Ph.D., Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy


    About The Music Hall

    The Music Hall is an active and vital cultural center in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, dedicated to the advancement of the tri-state region’s cultural life through the performing arts, literature, and education. A community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it presents entertainment from around the world and around the corner—the greatest musicians, writers, and performers of the time, extraordinary films, and award-winning documentaries. Its 600 yearly events delight an annual audience of 130,000 (including 20,000 children) in two theaters—an 1878 Victorian-era Historic Theater and the modern and intimate Loft space. The Music Hall was recently named Editors’ Choice “Best All-Around Entertainment” by Yankee Magazine and is a designated “American Treasure for the Arts.” Through innovative community partnerships, it subsidizes thousands of tickets each year to make the arts accessible to all. The Music Hall is community-oriented and committed to helping the Seacoast region flourish. 


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