CBD 2023: iPause Guided practice #2, Breathing Practices for Mental Health and Well-being, David Spiegel

October 26, 2023 | 7:30am - 8:15pm

Brief breathwork exercises such as cyclic sighing and self-hypnosis stress management exercises will be demonstrated.  The capacity to rapidly regulate somatic response to stressors by inducing self-soothing physical responses — ‘rest and digest’ rather than ‘fight or flee’— will be explored.  A cognitive mindset of focusing on what you are for rather than fighting what you are against will be presented as an additional stress management technique. 

This workshop is part of a three-part series offered by David Spiegel, MD, as part of the annual Stanford Contemplaion by Design Summit. Attendees are encouraged to reigster for one or all of the following sessions:
The Mental Health Benefits of Breathwork and Self-Hypnosis with David Spiegel on Oct. 24,


-The Role of Interoceptive and Exteroceptive Stimulation in the Enhancement of Health. Contemplating the Body as a Means of Modulating Brain Circuits, David Spiegel, MD, and Manuela Kogon, MD on Nov. 1.

David Spiegel, MD, is the Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Center on Stress and Health and the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He has published thirteen books, 425 scientific journal articles, and 175 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy for stress, anxiety, and depression. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and a number of foundations.  He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.  He spoke on hypnosis at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2018. 

CBD 2023: iPause Guided practice #2, Breathing Practices for Mental Health and Well-being, David Spiegel is part of the FREE Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 20 – Nov. 3, 2023.

The full Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit. All events are FREE and online.

Registration opens September 12, 2023