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Introductory Course: Breath-Body-Mind for Teens

by Grace Yang

What is Breath-Body-Mind and why is it important?

Breath-Body-Mind for Teens (BBM-Teens) is an innovative mind-body program that teaches evidenced-base skills for balancing the stress response system. These simple, but powerful breath-based techniques rapidly reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety, anger, and other negative emotions. Studies show that breathing practices can turn down defensive reactions and turn on positive feelings of safety, bonding, and compassion. Students use voluntarily regulated breathing practices (VRBPs) to control anxiety about performance, test-taking, homework, and social situations. Specific techniques increase attention and mental focus.

Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg have taught Breath-Body-Mind to thousands of adults and kids under stress worldwide, including at-risk youth, refugees, and survivors of disasters and abuse. Now their live, online interactive, engaging programs can be accessed from anywhere. BBM is being used by teens at Dwight School, Manhattan (40 countries are represented in its student body) and Manhattan Hunter Science High School.

Check out this video for a quick overview of BBM!


Introductory Course Breath-Body-Mind for Teens

November 14th from 12:00 – 5:30 PM [EST] Live Online

This Course fulfills the prerequisite for BBM-Teens Level-1 Teacher Training.

Cost: $168/student
Financial aid shall be reviewed and determined on an individual base, upon request 

This Financial aid is made possible by the Sensata Foundation Grant.

This 5-hour Breath-Body-Mind (BBM-Teens) Introductory Course teaches a set of breath-based mind-body skills to improve brain performance, emotion self-regulation, social engagement, attention, and learning.

By the end of the day, students will know how to:

  1. use breath pacing to reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety, anger, and other negative emotions
  2. establish a 20-minute daily practice for skill development and personal growth
  3. increase positive feelings of safety, bonding, and compassion
  4. reduce anxiety about performance, tests, homework, interviews, and social situations
  5. increase attention and mental focus with movement and breath practices
  6. have fun using music for movement and breathing


  1. Zoom skills for basic functions. Camera on during training
  2. A small stuffed animal
  3. Breath pacing audio track: 5-Breath Tones from http://naturalsinger.com/5-Breaths

BBM and MYE provides:

  1.  Zoom training prior to the Course
  2. BBM Manual

Founders of BBM:

Dr. Richard P. Brown, associate clinical professor in psychiatry, Columbia University, completed psychiatry residency and fellowship in psychobiology/ psychopharmacology, NY Hospital Cornell. A certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), Yoga, Qigong, and meditation. Drs. Brown and Gerbarg developed a neurophysiological theory for optimizing mind-body practices to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, insomnia, and trauma. They published numerous studies and taught thousands of healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, disaster survivors, refugees, schools, veterans, & the public. www.Breath-Body-Mind.com

Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry, NY Medical College, graduate of Harvard Medical School & Boston Psychoanalytic Inst. Drs. Gerbarg & Brown created Breath-Body-Mind programs for First Responders and others affected by the 9/11 WTC attacks. Their award-winning books: The Healing Power of the Breath, Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health, and Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (American Psychiatric Assn Pub).


Grace Cai, grace.cai@myefound.org

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