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Classes and Lectures

The Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine has several classes open to the Orange County community. For any information on classes you cannot find on the web, please email sscim@uci.edu or call 949-824-5763.

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  • Mindfulness
  • Tai Chi
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Colloquium

Mindfulness has been shown in many studies to help with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep. To name a few benefits, it has been shown to boost the immune system, improve structures of the brain associated with memory learning and executive function. 

For mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) classes, please review our current schedule. Our basic eight-week mindfulness classes are offered throughout the year. Discounts for MBSR alumni and more class options continue to be added to enhance our growing program. 

The Art of Tai Chi - Medicine in Motion
Instructor: Dr. Shin Lin

Dr. Lin's classes undergo continuous enhancements that are based on the latest Tai Chi research. Beginner and intermediate classes are offered throughout the year. 

Tai Chi is one of the most well-balanced exercises for people of all ages to train their mind and body. Aside from the traditional, more familiar slow and relaxing movements, Chen Style Tai Chi (the original style from which all other styles were derived) incorporates explosively fast movements that provide excellent training for fast muscle fibers, cardiovascular health, and self-defense.

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What is Tai Chi and how can it help me?

Tai Chi, a popular form of mind-body practice, originated in China several hundred years ago. It is believed to have many benefits on a person's health and healing. A 2007 report by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality rated the ancient Chinese mind-body practice of Tai Chi/Qigong as the best for reduction of high blood pressure, ahead of mindfulness/transcendental meditation and Yoga. But Tai Chi is much more than that. The Harvard Health Publications recently called Tai Chi "Medicine in Motion" because of the mounting evidence from laboratory research and clinical trials that it can:

  • Increase body flexibility and balance
  • Strengthen both slow and fast muscle fibers
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve mental focus
  • Boost immune response
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Enhance mood
  • Elevate blood flow
  • Raise body energy and strength and
  • Prevent and relieve many disorders such as insomnia, obesity, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes.

Find peace within and strengthen your body

COMING SOON. Renovations to the new space are underway.

Mondays 8:00 am

Wednesdays 6:30 pm

Instructor:
Melissa Ricker is a certified bodyworker, yoga instructor, and lecturer on holistic health. Yoga was an integrative part in her healing from a debilitating joint disorder over 14 years ago. By increasing her flexibility and tapping into the body’s incredible resources, she was able to fully heal.  She strongly believes in self care through proper nutrition, movement, bodywork, and meditation. Melissa’s style of yoga is for all body types and all levels. Her basic hatha yoga for wellness will leave you feeling connected to your body, centered, and more flexible.

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2015 Schedule Coming Soon! 

Class registration is completed by emailing sscim@uci.edu, faxing the forms to (949) 824-2812, or mailing them to the SSCIM administration office.  Questions? Call 949-824-5763