Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D.
Director, Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute
Dr. Chaoul is the Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston, teaching mindfulness and yoga to corporations, health institutions, and schools.
He brings 20 years of experience at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as an assistant professor and Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine. Since 1999, he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group meditation classes for cancer patients and their support system, has a meditation clinic consultation as part of the Integrative Medicine Center, and directs the education programs. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. And he is also adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, teaching Integrative health.
Alejandro has taught at Rice University, the University of Houston and the Jung Center of Houston. In addition, he collaborates in the area of interfaith and contemplative practices at The Rothko Chapel and the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University. Since 1995, he has been teaching meditation and yoga practices in various parts of the U.S.A., Latin America and Europe.
His research and publications focus on mind-body practices in integrative care, examining how these practices can reduce chronic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and improve quality of life. He is the author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition (SnowLion, 2009), Tibetan Yoga for Health and Wellbeing (Hay House, 2018), and Tibetan Yoga: Magical Movements of Body, Breath and Mind (upcoming Wisdom Publications, 2021) and has also published in the area of religion and medicine, medical anthropology and the interface of spirituality and healing. Dr. Chaoul has also been recognized as a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute.