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Support Miles for Migraine

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 - May 27, 2021

  • Location

    This is an online event

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

Practice Offerings

We are proud and excited to launch a new Mindfulness for Migraine Series in August. 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 

Day Date Time Modality/Facilitator Facilitator Materials
Thurs 2/25 7:30 PM EST Yoga Adriane Dellorco Mat, several pillows or yoga bolster
Thurs 3/4 7:30pmEST Self compassion Robin Boudette Comfortable space
Thurs 3/11 7:30pmEST Yoga Adriane Dellorco Mat, several pillows or yoga bolster
Thurs 3/18 7:30pmEST TBD
Thurs 3/25 7:30pmEST Art therapy Jen Waters Basic art supplies
Thurs 4/1 7:30pmEST Compassionate Body Scan Robin Boudette Comfortable space
Thurs 4/8 7:30pmEST Yoga Adriane Dellorco Mat, several pillows or yoga bolster
Thurs 4/15 7:30pmEST Meditation Annika Ehrlich Comfortable space
Thurs 4/22 7:30pmEST Tai Chi Bonnie Butler Space for gentle movement
Thurs 4/29 7:30pmEST Art therapy Jen Waters Basic art supplies
Thurs 5/6 7:30pmEST TBD
Thurs 5/13 7:30pmEST Yoga Adriane Dellorco Mat, several pillows or yoga bolster
Thurs 5/20 7:30pmEST Meditation Annika Ehrlich Comfortable space
Thurs 5/27 7:30pmEST Art therapy Jen Waters Basic art supplies

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 the
patient and beneficial for everyone.

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”.

Jen Malloy

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 in 2012 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 chronic traumatic stress, PTSD, depression, anxiety, severe and persistent mental illness, chronic pain, and adoption. Jen currently practices counseling and art therapy at Deep Wellness Center in Modesto, CA. Jen is a Ph.D. candidate at Saybrook University, where she is specializing in Psychology and Creativity Studies.

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