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Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine

Classes and Lectures

The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute has several classes open to the Orange County community. For any information on classes you cannot find on the web, please email or call 949-824-5763.

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Mindfulness »

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. 

Tai Chi »

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

Dr. Shin 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. 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.

Yoga »

Yoga for Optimal Health and Longevity

Thursdays  6:30-8 p.m.

Saturdays  8-9:30 a.m. (coming soon)


Leila Astarabadi, CMT, AHP, RYT, has been working in her private practice over the last 15 years to help her clients nurture and restore their well-being. This class is designed to rejuvenate, energize and restore vitality to your body, mind and spirit.

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Colloquium »

Schedule coming soon! 

Class registration is completed by emailing, faxing the forms to 949-824-2812, or mailing them to the SSCIM administration officeQuestions? Call 949-824-5763.