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Mindfulness Series

For Migraine & Headache Disorders

You can watch the entire playlist of mindfulness sessions by our wonderful presenters. Suitable for adults, young adults and teens.

  • Time

    January 7 - August 26, 2021

  • Location

    This is an online event

Watch all the videos from the Miles For Migraine 2020/2021 Mindfulness Series.

Practice Offerings

We are proud and excited to have launched the new Mindfulness for Migraine Series in August of 2020.

We are asking those previously registered to re-register for the 2021 Summer Series which begins on Thursday, June 3rd.

Mindfulness can be practiced in many forms other than sitting meditation. Moving meditations can be a mindful way to reduce stress - which is known to trigger attacks. These mindful practices can be done while moving or sitting. The practices we will offer are:

Looking for Relief

We all know the routine – you have tried everything to find relief from your migraine or headache disorder symptoms. You have probably also received unsolicited advice from more people than you care to remember. What else can you do? In some instances another medication may not help. However, what might help are mindfulness practices to reduce stress, enhance relaxation and build resilience in the mind and body.

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Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness teaches and trains us to allow and acknowledge the moment (of pain, anxiety, worry, depression) with compassion and without judgement. This can be helpful to calm the nervous system which is already activated by pain and other symptoms. While mindfulness may not stop the waves of debilitating symptoms, it can teach you how to ride the waves – like surfing.

Mindfulness is Evidence Based

Research has shown that a mindfulness practice may lessen the symptoms of migraine.

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Schedule 

Summer

  • Yin Yoga with Amy Mincher

    Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Pillows and/or blanket

  • Tai Chi with Susan Meklar

    Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Chair

  • Yin Yoga with Amy Mincher

    Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Pillows and/or blanket

  • Art Therapy with Jen Waters

    Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Basic art supplies

  • Yoga with Adriane Dellorco

    Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Chair

  • Mindfulness with Robin Boudette

    Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: none

  • Tai Chi with Susan Meklar

    Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Chair

  • Art Therapy with Jen Waters

    Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Basic art supplies

  • Yoga with Adriane Dellorco

    Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Pillows and/or blankets

  • Yin Yoga with Amy Mincher

    Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Blanket

  • Tai Chi with Susan Meklar

    Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Chair

  • Yoga with Adriane Dellorco

    Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Pillows and/or blankets

  • Art Therapy with Jen Waters

    Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: Basic art supplies

Fall/Winter

  • Qigong/Tai Chi with Suzan Meklar

    Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: a comfortable space

  • Yoga for Migraine with Juliana Kroese

    Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: mat or chair

  • Art Therapy with Jen Waters

    Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: art supplies

  • Mindfulness with Robin Boudette

    Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: comfortable position

  • Yoga for Migraine with Adriane Dellorco

    Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: mat or chair

  • Art Therapy with Jen Waters

    Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: art supplies

  • Mindfulness with Robin Boudette

    Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: comfortable position

  • Yoga for Migraine with Adriane Dellorco

    Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
    Materials: mat or chair

Presenters

Meredith Beaton-Starr

Meredith Beaton Starr, MS, OTR/L

Meredith is an Integrative Health Coach with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy as well as advanced training in Healthcare and Leadership Coaching. She has been practicing for the past twenty six years in a variety of settings and is an expert in pain management, stress management and helping clients to optimize their ability to function in home and workplace settings to achieve optimal health. Her work with clients is centered on helping to create and sustain behavioral changes in congruence with healthy and adaptive goal setting and achievement.

Robin Bodette

Robin Boudette, Ph.D.

Robin Boudette, Ph.D., is a psychologist and mindfulness instructor with more than 25 years of clinical experience.  She has a special interest in mind-body health and has extensive training in yoga and mindfulness meditation.  She works in private practice in Princeton, New Jersey and offers mindfulness programs and trainings in healthcare, higher education, and workplace settings.

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Bonnie Butler

Bonnie is a mindfulness instructor and Registered Nurse. She has extensive MBSR teacher training through the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness at Jefferson University Hospital. She has also received training through the Mindful Schools program geared towards teaching mindfulness to children and teens. Her career has included Nursing education, Nursing administration and Consulting, focusing on wellness and rehabilitation. She began practicing meditation over 25 years ago to help manage a chronic migraine condition that was resistant to medical management. Since that time the practice of meditation has played a central role in her life. Currently she teaches mindfulness for the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness at Jefferson University Hospital.

Adriane Dellorco

Adriane Dellorco

Adriane is the founder of Yoga for Migraine, an online community that offers yoga practices specifically for people living with headache and migraine. Adriane is a lifelong dancer and yogini with a 200-hour yoga teacher certification in restorative, yin and yoga nidra styles. Adriane taught Yoga for Migraine at CHAMP’s 2020 Virtual RetreatMigraine and was featured on the Migraine Magic Podcast. A mother of two little ones and a former public school teacher, Adriane brings her life experience of living with migraine into her healing yoga programs. Yoga for Migraine provides migraine-friendly yoga practices with a focus on relaxation in workshops, retreats and one-on-one coaching. Adriane’s mission is to help others manage their migraines with yoga so that they can flourish. https://www.yogamigraine.com/

Annikah Ehrlich

Annika Ehrlich, Nurse Practitioner

Annika provides care for patients at the UCSF
Headache Center. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is certified by the
American Academy of Neuroscience Nursing. With a focus on self-advocacy, she treats
each patient in the context of their environment, individual background and
circumstances. She provides holistic care via western medicine and helps patients
connect with resources to help with headaches, such as the Yoga for Headaches
workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, pain psychology methods,
acupuncture, neutraceuticals, aromatherapy and physical therapy. She is a yoga
practitioner and believes that yoga and meditation can be modified to the needs of thepatient and beneficial for everyone.

Juliana Kroese

Juliana Kroese, PT, RYT, C-IAYT

Juliana Kroese, PT, RYT, C-IAYT is a licensed physical therapist, registered yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist. She works at the Jan and Tom Lewis Migraine Treatment Program at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and loves combining her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology with yoga, breathwork and mindfulness. Juliana received her degree in physical therapy at the European School of Physiotherapy in Amsterdam, and her yoga training through the Sivananda and the Integrative Yoga Therapy programs.

In Juliana's classes you will find an emphasis on postural re-education, alignment and mindfulness to generate a positive shift in your physical and mental day-to-day function. These classes will provide tools which will extend far beyond alleviating headache and migraine as you learn to incorporate them into your daily routine.

Nancy Logue

Nancy Logue

Dr. Logue is a psychologist specializing in mindful habit change and healing distressed couple relationships.  Her decades of experience with eating problems and couples therapy gives her an appreciation of the interdependence of mind and body and the value of social support for healing and growth. Her website is https://nancyloguephd.com/.

Suzan Mekler

Suzan Mekler

Suzan has worked at Tampa General Hospital as a fitness, wellness & health educator since 2003, first working with employees & then expanding out into the Tampa community. She has created and provided over fifty community wellness presentations and is certified as both a leader and master trainer in many other evidence-based and self-management programs, such as Stanford University’s “Living Healthy with Chronic Pain”, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”, and four diabetes-related programs. The main theme throughout all these programs is encouraging healthier lifestyles through physical activity, better nutrition, and cognitive and behavioral change strategies. She has been certified to teach several styles of tai chi thru Dr. Paul Lam since 2012 and currently teaches several classes in the community including a tai chi for Parkinson’s program that is sponsored by USF.

Suzan has a bachelor’s degree in social work & a graduate certificate in gerontology. Helping others achieve a better state of wellness has been her lifetime career and passion. The motto on her “FitCity” business card is: “What the Mind believes, the Body Achieves” derived from a quote by Coach Vince Lombardi. This fuels her passion & philosophy to “Educate, Motivate, Activate”.

Amy Mincher

Amy Mincher

Amy provides a safe, inclusive space for people in all bodies to explore the teachings of yoga. After practicing regularly for several years and having a difficult time finding teachers who could help her modify poses for her body, she decided to empower herself by learning pose variations for people in fat bodies. In 2020, Amy completed Sangha Studio’s yoga teacher training program in Burlington, Vermont and soon after completed the Yoga For All course with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes as well as Therapeutic Yin Yoga Training with Nyk Danu through Ajna Yoga in Victoria, BC. Amy has lived with chronic migraine disease for twenty years and has found that Yin yoga to be particularly helpful. Amy is a body liberation activist, incorporating the principles of Health at Every Size into her life, especially joyful movement.

About Yin Yoga & Migraine: Yin yoga is a quiet, interoceptive, and meditative practice where grounded shapes are held for several minutes to cultivate stillness and strengthen connective tissues (ligaments, joints, bones, and deep fascia networks). Yin yoga can be especially beneficial for people who live with migraines because of the mental and emotional aspects: as we learn to settle into poses and sit with discomfort, we develop helpful skills for managing chronic pain. Yin classes are centered around finding a connection with your body and searching for a sense of ease.

Jennifer Waters

Jen Waters, MA, ATR, LPCC

Jen is a Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (CA), and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA). Jen received her M.A. in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University and has had over 10 years of professional experience providing arts-based interventions in community mental health settings. She works with clients on issues related to life transitions, healing after trauma and loss, overcoming depression, low self-esteem and anxiety, stress management, and self-care through mindfulness. Jen is a Ph.D. candidate at Saybrook University, where she is specializing in Creativity Studies and also operates a private practice in Modesto, CA. https://www.creativespacecounseling.com/

Information from our Sponsor:

As the world grapples with an unprecedented health crisis, it is now more important than ever to ensure that the information shared is accurate and fact-based. At GSK Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Advil, we are hoping that the attached information can be provided to healthcare practitioners in your state in order to clarify any confusion about the ability of individuals to relieve their pain post-vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend against the preventative use of pain relievers but allow them if symptoms develop afterwards. According to the CDC website: Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines, for any pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated. You can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally. Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC.

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