Introduction to Mindfulness and Breath Practices for Focus and Performance Enhancement in Physical Training

Hybrid Class (in-person & Zoom options)

A class for Athletes, Coaches, Trainers and Physical Therapists

What do gymnast Simone Biles, basketball star LeBron James, basketball coach Phil Jackson, baseball pitchers Framber Valdez and Kenley Jansen, and golfer Phil Mickelson have in common?  They all practice mindfulness.  This class will teach you to focus and calm your mental and emotional states during play and in your daily life through experiential practices.  A healthy mental and emotional state can be equally as important for those working through injuries and body deterioration through physical therapy.  And, what can be more important than the source of life-breath?   Breathing properly is crucial to performance and health. Join us to improve your breathing and to learn how breath affects your mental, emotional, and physical experience.

For the Zoom option: this livestreaming program can be taken from home or anywhere with an internet connection. If you register, you will be emailed viewing instructions either the evening before or the morning of the event. Please be sure to check “spam” and “junk” folders!
This class will not be recorded.
All times are CDT/CST. Please contact onlinelearning@junghouston.org with any questions.


Key Takeaways

  • Students will learn 3 practices to engage their parasympathetic nervous systems (system of rest and digest) when stressed.
  • Students will learn how to release thoughts and come back to the present through their senses.
  • Students will learn practices to calm the mind when emotionally upset.
  • Through breathwork, students will work on improving their biomechanics, as well as have a better understanding of their biochemistry.
  • Students will be introduced to the breath component of the Wim Hof method.
  • Students will be introduced to the changes in their nervous, endocrine, repiratory, and circulatory systems.

Course Description

  • While highly experiential, this class is grounded in the science of mindfulness and breath research.   Students will be presented with scientific research, followed by practices which they can incorporate in their daily lives.  There will be a 15-minute break in the middle of this 3-hour workshop.


Ann Friedman, Ph.D., a psychologist, works fulltime on the Jung Center’s MBSI faculty to provide mindfulness and compassion training to adults, teens and children.  She received her certifications through the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion Based Ethics, .b, and A Still Quiet Place.

Shereen Yusoff, a former oil and gas engineer, is a certified Wim Hof instructor, as well as a joint and mobility expert through the FRC and Onnit.  She serves on the faculty of the Jung Center’s MBSI and also provides training at her center, Suda Prem Studio.


Additional Information


This class will be delivered through a hybrid of in-person and  Zoom, an online meeting tool. 

The Jung Center of Houston
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

Other Items to Note:

(Applies to both our Zoom online classes and the in-person classes at our studio)

Come as you are, and be comfortable. Some of our students may be in business attire, and others in workout clothes. 

Class is experiential and includes some teaching, as well as practices with discussion. No one is pressured to speak. 

We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before class starts. If you are going to arrive late, that it is fine, but it is best to be on time to be respectful of the group. We understand, however, that things can happen beyond your control and we would rather have you come late than not at all. 

If you will miss your class, please inform the instructor.  You may make up the class the next time the series is offered; or you may take the entire next series again for free.  Alternatively, you can pay for a private make-up session. 

You are allowed to bring food and beverages. We do offer water, tea, and coffee at our studio. 

There is no need to take notes. Our instructors will provide summaries of each class as handouts (or sent via email).

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