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Teresa Kennedy: Total health includes physical AND mental fitness

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. Photo Credit: Dwayne Watkins

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. Photo Credit: Dwayne Watkins

What excites you the most about your job?
As President of Power Living Enterprises, it excites me that we are improving people’s lives through our mind-body training, coaching and consulting services, as well as the content we create.

Please tell us about your inter­est in applied brain sci­ence. What areas are you most inter­ested in? What moti­vated you to pur­sue work in your field? 
The brain has always been fascinating to me. I’m approaching it from the mind-body training and content standpoint. I have an MBA from Harvard and also founded the first yoga studio in Harlem 12 years ago. I blend the two now by training executives in mindfulness, leadership and wellness.

What is one impor­tant thing you are work­ing on now and where can peo­ple learn more about it?
A mind-body system called Breathe & Burn- which integrates yoga, breath, meditation and mindfulness. It’s focused on both physical and brain fitness. I would love to integrate monitoring technology with it. I’m also writing the biography of 95-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch. Best place to learn more is Here.

What are 1–2 key things you’d like every per­son to under­stand regard­ing his/ her own brain and mind that you think is com­monly mis­rep­re­sented or not addressed in the pop­u­lar media? 
1) Total health includes physical AND mental fitness. 2) We have the power to change our brain though our lifestyle habits.

Where do you see clear “low-hanging fruit” to enhance behav­ioral and brain health based on neu­ro­science and inno­va­tion? 
I see clear potential in the integration of low-tech tools such as meditation with higher-tech tools such as heart and brain monitoring for consumer use.

What surprised you the most at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit?  
The common theme of stress management and lifestyle. Even when we were talking about technology, the discussion frequently built on simple things such as exercise and meditation. I was also delighted to hear the reported efficacy of the Kirtan Kriya technique.

Finally, what do YOU do to stay sharp?
Yoga, meditation, vegetarian diet, walking, nature, travel/new experiences, brushing up on my foreign language skills.

2013 SharpBrains Summit—This con­ver­sa­tion is part of the inter­view series with Speak­ers and Par­tic­i­pants in the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th). Previous interviews include:

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