NO Yoga and Gong Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There will be NO yoga and gong this Wednesday the 7th of October, 2015.
Please join us the next week: October 14th, 2015 for a gentle stretch, breath, and soothing sounds in our next class.
Have a wonderful week.


Join us for a presentation / workshop for all caregivers and healers whether professional health care providers or caregivers for someone at home.
Learn tips to stay balanced as you serve and help others.
Apply tools to solidify your mindset while caring for others.
Saturday the 19th of September, at 9am.
Cost is $30.00
Save the flyer above for more details...
See you there.

August gentle yoga: Special opportunity

After enjoying a week away, I am ready to return to the Wednesday evening stretch, breathe and relaxing gong meditation.


So JUST FOR AUGUST, copy the front page of the website and bring a friend for free.
Either split the $15.00 or one of you gets a gift...

Location: Paradise Valley Professional Campus at 16620 North 40th street, Suite D2 Each Wednesday at 6pm.

No Yoga and Gong Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

We will not have Kundalini Yoga class Wednesday the 5th of August, and will resume the following Wednesday the 12th of August, 2015. Have a good week and please join us on the 12h of August for a mid week stretch and breath, followed by a lay out to the vibration of the Gong.

Research FINALLY published

Greetings! After a year of revisions, the systematic review developed during my doctoral program, has finally been published.
You can reach the article at:
So copy and paste this to your browser. It should be on google in a month or so if you are interested.
Thank you to all those who supported this hard work.
Now, on to the next piece......
Blessings, Kathleen


Peace Poster

Welcome back to Yoga April 1, 2015

Good evening and thank you for your patience regarding the absence of the yoga class last week.

While I was gone, I delivered a presentation to a gracious and strong group of health care staff, R.N.'s and providers in Vermont. The topic: Burnout, compassion fatigue and steps toward empowerment. Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your kind reception!!!!!

Come and join us this Wednesday, the 1st of April, as I will resume yoga class at 6pm to celebrate midweek accomplishments and then to rest with the sounds of the gong.
The address and brochure is noted below.... 6pm at 40th street location just north of the fire station and south of Bell.

I intend to present more topics that are important to the community. If you have ideas for presentation, and locations that are both cost effective and comfortable, please let me know your thoughts.
Blessings, Kathleen

No Yoga this Wednesday evening, March 25th, 2015

No yoga Wednesday evening, March 25th, but Ardas Kaur IS having her class this Thursday evening at 6pm at the same location. For more information, please scroll down that discusses yoga classes. I will be back at yoga class beginning April 1, 2015 at 6pm at the same location. Have a wonderful week, Kathleen

Thought for today

In gratitude, I thank all the participants for joining the recent presentation that provided new tools during this chaotic time.
In response to suggestions by my guests, I am attaching a thought for the week. May it bring peace and grace to your world.
Join me every Wednesday for yoga at 6pm to clear your mind... see flyer below.. Blessings, Sat Nam.

Balancing the Mind and Emotions for Better Health

What does it mean to feel your healthiest possible?
What if you could tap into the workings of the mind and the emotions that often leave you feeling tired and not as healthy?
Join Kathleen on February 21st for a presentation that provides tools for feeling your best.
Experience purposeful breathing and enjoy the sounds of the Gong that help heal.
To RSVP, please leave a message at: 480-528-2912
See Brochure for more details and directions.

Kundalini Yoga classes starting in February 2015

Kundalini Yoga and Gong meditation

Please join me for a gentle evening yoga experience with gong vibration. Beginning this Wednesday, the 4th of February.
See attached brochure for more information and bring a mat and blanket...

Presentation at Yoga Phoenix

Please see previous post for two hour presentation titled: Balancing the Mind and Emotions for Better Health

You are also welcome to a similar version of this presentation downtown at the Winter Yoga Festival 2014
Date and Time: Saturday, December 6, 2014 10 am - 5 pm (My presentation is at 4pm)
Location: Yoga Phoenix Campus Location: North of Oak, 2308 N Richland Street Phx AZ 85006

(Dr. Kathleen Rickard)
One hour discussion addressing:
What is health? How can you make a difference?
How do emotions contribute to health?
How does the mind affect outcomes?
Take charge through sound, breath, and choosing the thoughts.

Balancing the Mind and Emotions for Better Health

Presentation poster

Good health enhances a sense of well being. Emotions are key to health. The facets of the mind are capable of interpreting and integrating health and well being. Join me for a presentation November 22, 2014.

1000 day commitment to self improvement: October, 2014

This weekend marks the 1000th day of a daily meditation commitment. Imagine: just three months shy of three years of each day, without fail, despite travel and school, despite work, without a break in that commitment, a dedication to stilling the mind for a short time each day. In this case I chose a powerful healing meditation called Gyan Chakra Kriya meditation ( This is a meditation to improve intuition, clear out stored anger; realize my reality and to allow prosperity to flow. Prosperity defined not just as a financial term, but also a deep gratitude of life experiences and the presence to communicate clearly and elevate my life and those with whom I speak.
According to Yogi Bhajan, from The Aquarian Teacher, Level One, practicing a daily commitment called a Sadhana for 1000 days allows for mastery of a new habit or consciousness that the chosen meditation offers. This allows the new habit to serve me. I am deeply grateful for this practice and for those who have helped me so much along this path. I am also thankful for Michael who shared his time and encouragement each day to this commitment.
I will continue this new habit for a bit more, as I am approaching 850 days of second meditation done in conjunction with this first. This meditation is called the Ether Tattva Mantra (, and is related to communication and develops the ability to carry both projection and penetration of the power of words through the throat chakra. This meditation, while releasing fear, allows for trust and commitment. I am very sincerely blessed. Thank you.

Confabulation: a clinical mental disorder

Confabulation: Clinical Mental Disorder
Kathleen Benjamin Rickard, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Sept. 6, 2014
Upon recently completing a six-day conference on the mind and the benefits of
meditation, one of many terms popped out as a most fascinating concept for exploration. An
understanding of the word confabulation offers an opportunity to appreciate the complexity of
the mind.

In my personal world, I have been enmeshed in a significant amount of frustration
attempting to clarify, justify, understand, correct, and/or appreciate a person who clearing
restates sequences of events with strange and usually hurtful renditions that seem really odd to
everyone except the person stating them. When these topics are questioned, the rebuttal response
provided by this person is directed with more passion and anger than is appropriate for the
incident. It has been a befuddling incident until now.

The definition of this type of memory disorder is called confabulation. According to
Myers (2006), confabulation results from damage to the basal forebrain and frontal lobes. It is
described as a spontaneous production of false thoughts and memories. These memories can be
quite elaborate or very simple but can often lead to strong argumentative behavior to justify these
thoughts as truth. These memories are not actually lies because the person is not aware that they
are fabricated and inaccurate memories. Confabulation is a clinical syndrome. According to the
Memory Disorders Project newsletter, these distorted memories may resolve with time but often
require therapy to address the incidents and behaviors (Myers, 2006). Learning more about the
brain is important for understanding this condition.

The frontal lobe is divided into different functional domains. According to results from
research using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and
single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scans, it has been determined that
symptoms such as impulsiveness, confabulatory verbosity, grandiosity, increased sexuality, and
mania are associated with right frontal as well as bilateral neurological disturbances (Joseph,
1999). These symptoms improve at times and are exacerbated by depression (Joseph, 1999).

Kapur and Coughlan (1980) described a case report of a patient with frontal lobe damage
who provided fictitious recounts post repair of a brain aneurism. When this patient was
confronted with these stories, he became puzzled but did not have a sense of having lied about
the incidents. In this case, improvement was noted with time.

Through human neuroimaging and animal studies, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex
(vmPFC) has been identified as a location for the development of different forms of memory,
particularly in facilitating new encoding of information by existing memory. Confabulation
appears following vmPFC damage. (Ghosh, Moscovitch, Colella, & Gilboa, 2014).

Appreciating the complexity of the brain, coping strategies under stress, detecting
possible underling pathology, and the marvels of modern technology all provide the opportunity
for dealing with this very difficult form of mental disease. Although definitely not an easy
disorder to repair partly due to the person being unaware that there is a problem, having
compassion and finding the appropriate diagnosis and treatment, offer enormous potential for
healing the afflicted person and all those they encounter.

Berlyne, N. (1972). Confabulation. The British Journal of Psychiatry 120, 31-39. doi:
Ghosh, V.E., Moscovith, M., Collela, B.M., & Gilboa. (2014). Schema representation in patients
with ventromedial PFC lesions. The Journal of Neuroscience. 34(36),12057-12070. doi:
Joseph, R. Frontal lobe psychopathology: mania, depression, confabulation, catatonia,
perseveration, obsessive compulsion, and schizophrenia. Psychiatry, 62(2). 138-172.
PMID: 10420428
Kapur, N., & Coughlan, A.K. (1980). Confabulation and frontal lobe dysfunction. Journal of
Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. 43, 461-463. doi: 10.1136/jnnp.43.5.461
Myers, C. E. (2006). Confabulation. Memory Loss and the Brain. Retrieved from the
newsletter of the Memory Disorders Project at Rutgers University, Winter, 2010.


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