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BENSON-HENRY INSTITUTE

SMART Program

The Stress Management And Resiliency Training (SMART) program teaches self-care practices that help buffer daily stress, making participants less emotionally and physically vulnerable to it.

This program is designed to help participants regain control and build resilience through a variety of mind body principles and self-care interventions, leading to reduced medical symptoms and enhanced quality of life.

Benefits and Outcomes

  1. Reduce Stress: Mind body medicine can be an effective way to treat and reduce stress by changing our physiology.
  2. Stress Awareness: Learn to recognize how stress affects our thinking, our emotions, our bodies, our behaviour, and relationships.
  3. Adaptive Strategies for Stressful situations: learn to reframe negative thoughts to become more adaptive and positive.
  4. Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours: I will help you set goals of physical activity, nutrition and mindful eating and recuperative sleep.
  5. Recuperative Sleep: One of the most essential aspects of a healthy lifestyle is having adequate restorative sleep. The most common cause of short sleep duration is stress. Lack of sleep can lead to decreased immune function, difficulty learning new information, memory difficulties, difficulty focusing and paying attention, and poor decision making. Sleep deprivation can lead to unhealthy eating and inactivity.
  6. Reduce Inflammation: Stress hormones signal changes in cells, which in turn set off an inflammatory response.
  7. Mood stabilization: stress inflammatory molecules return to the brain and degrade the nervous system pathways necessary for mood stabilization. Research shows that the brain develops predictable, programmed responses to stress based on memory of past stressors.
  8. Build Resiliency: learn to adapt to stressful life situations. Resiliency is the ability to maintain a stable, healthy level of psychological and physical functioning despite exposure to extreme stressors. (Bonanno, 2004)
  9. Headaches or Migraines: learning to better cope with stress has been proven to decrease the frequency and intensity of migraine head aches.
  10. Anxiety: Fear and unpredictable outcomes can lead to anxiety. Learn how awareness can help reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Mind body medicine is often the most effective and safest way to reduce stress and promote health and prevent stress-related illness.

WELCOME TO OUR

philosophy

Anxiety and stress are a normal part of daily living. However, if stress and anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue. If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or experiencing severe anxiety about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to consider the benefits of Mind Body Medicine.

Stress Management

Adaptive Strategies for Stressful situations: learn to reframe negative thoughts to become more adaptive and positive.

Resiliency Training

Build Resiliency: learn to adapt to stressful life situations. Resiliency is the ability to maintain a stable, healthy level of psychological and physical functioning despite exposure to extreme stressors.

Peace of Mind

Reduce Stress: Mind body medicine can be an effective way to treat and reduce stress by changing our physiology to help us feel better.

MEET YOUR

SMART instructor

Benson Henry Institute SMART- Certified Healthcare Practitioner.

Dr. Kristin Yont D.M.D.

Benson-Henry Institute SMART – Certified Healthcare Practitioner

I have two major passions in life – one is practicing yoga and the other is practicing dentistry.

I practice general dentistry and own a dental practice in downtown Calgary. I also have special interest and experience in Sports dentistry and Forensic Dentistry.

I have practiced dentistry for over 22 years, but I have majored in the sciences for the last 25 years. Because I have studied science on a molecular level as it applies to the human body, it was only natural for me to have interest in the science of yoga as it applies to the whole body. This is what brought me to study Mind Body Medicine through the Benson Henry Institute for at Massachusetts General Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

I love showing my students the tangible physical, emotional, and mental benefits that yoga gives us and how this once thought of “mystical” practice is grounded in modern day medicine.

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