Tibetan Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Scholar

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD.

Meditation is the Medicine of the Mind ~ Applications for Health and Education
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Biography

Dr. Alejandro Chaoul is a Senior Teacher of The 3 Doors, an international organization founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche with the goal of transforming lives through meditation. Alejandro has studied in the TIbetan tradition since 1989, and for over 20 years with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, completing the 7-year training at Ligmincha Institute in 2000. He also holds a PhD in Tibetan religions from Rice University.

Since 1995, he has been teaching meditation classes and Tibetan Yoga (Tsa Lung & Trul Khor) workshops nationally and internationally under the auspices of Ligmincha Institute and is on the Board of the Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan meditative and healing arts.

In 1999 he began teaching these techniques at the Integrative Medicine Program of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where he holds a faculty position and for the last fifteen years conducts research on the effect of these practices in people with cancer. He is also an associate faculty member at The University of Texas’ 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. Alejandro is also the author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009).

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Events

Upcoming events with Alejandro - to register for any of these teachings, please contact the coordinator indicated.


January 2018

January 26 | 2:00pm-5:00pm
Jung Center of Houston | Houston, TX

How to Slow Down when the World Keeps Speeding Up

Between texts, emails, and to-do lists, it’s hard to stop and take care of ourselves. Do you ever notice a need to stop and breathe? Do you do it? Join Alejandro Chaoul, director of the new Institute for Mind, Body & Spirit at The Jung Center, and learn to find your center in the midst of chaos. In this workshop, we will practice simple techniques that can be used as “meditation pills” to bring calm and connection to ourselves and others, even on the most hectic days.

More info…

February 2018

February 9 | 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jung Center of Houston | Houston, TX

Art and Meditation: A Tibetan Mini-Retreat – LECTURE

Co-sponsored with Ligmincha Texas
Discover the benefits of meditating, drawing, and chanting during this weekend retreat with Tibetan Lama Geshe Denma Gyaltsen and Alejandro Chaoul. Tibetan seed syllables like ah, om, and hoong have been known for centuries as “warrior syllables,” because they are believed to have the power to heal, removing external, internal, and secret obstacles. In the last decade, remarkable research at MD Anderson Cancer Center has revealed that women with breast cancer who felt cognitive deficiencies after chemotherapy improved their short term memory and cognitive function through sound healing meditation.
Together, we will learn and practice this powerful meditation, through calligraphy, breathing, and chanting the syllables. Using these practices in our daily lives can help us connect to our inner wisdom and achieve a relaxed yet aware state of mind.
No prior meditation experience is necessary.

More info…

February 26 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Rice Campus | Houston, TX

Resilient Mind, Body and Spirit

From hurricanes to heartaches to health crises, we all experience challenges that threaten to overwhelm our emotional, physical and practical resources. Yet people are capable of surviving and thriving in the face of extraordinary difficulties. Resilience is the capacity to adapt well to significant stress and hardship. Research has demonstrated that many aspects of resilience can be learned and enhanced, even in adulthood. Tibetan meditation specialist Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., and psychologist Michael Winters, Ph.D., co-teach this course sharing Eastern and Western philosophical and scientific insights on cultivating a resilient mind, body and spirit. Deepen your potential to bend, not break, in the face of life’s inevitable stresses in this supportive class. Course includes in-class exercises and optional weekly practices.

More info…

March 2018

March 2 | 5:00pm-7:00pm
Rice University | Houston, TX

Tibetan Meditation: Cultivating Peace

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stress is a normal part of life, but allowing it to become a way of life can threaten mental, physical and emotional health. Fortunately, meditation can transform your relationship with stress, allowing you to experience life’s challenges with greater awareness and ease. In this short, interactive course, Tibetan meditation expert Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., teaches you in-class practices that can help you navigate through your stressors and counteract the “flight or fight” response with the relaxation response. Learning to be calm and focused through meditative techniques can enhance openness and alertness and help you overcome anger, attachment and confusion. Incorporating these practices into daily life may foster a healthier lifestyle, more compassionate relationships and a greater sense of inner peace.
More info…

March 16-18
Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-being

This workshop explores the distinctive Tibetan Bon practice of yoga known as Tsa Lung Trul Khor, which translates to “magical movements of vital breaths and channels.” This practice incorporates breathing and awareness with particular body movements, a process that can put you in touch with the subtle aspects of your body (your channels and chakras) as they are explained in Tibetan medicine. The group will explore a particular Trul Khor that comes from the eleventh-century instructions to one’s natural state of mind (A-tri) and relate to the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space) with their corresponding breaths into the chakras. Practicing Tibetan yoga can clear long-held blocks in your body, energy, and mind, and support spontaneous arising of awareness during formal meditation and everyday life. Dr. Chaoul has been utilizing Tibetan yoga meditation, breath, and movements at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston since 1999, both in research protocols and in the clinic. Join this weekend experience to discover practices that came from caves and monasteries to the modern clinic, and now can enhance your everyday life.
More info…

July 2018

July 13-18
Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-being

More info coming soon…

USA – California

March 16-18
Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-being

This workshop explores the distinctive Tibetan Bon practice of yoga known as Tsa Lung Trul Khor, which translates to “magical movements of vital breaths and channels.” This practice incorporates breathing and awareness with particular body movements, a process that can put you in touch with the subtle aspects of your body (your channels and chakras) as they are explained in Tibetan medicine. The group will explore a particular Trul Khor that comes from the eleventh-century instructions to one’s natural state of mind (A-tri) and relate to the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space) with their corresponding breaths into the chakras. Practicing Tibetan yoga can clear long-held blocks in your body, energy, and mind, and support spontaneous arising of awareness during formal meditation and everyday life. Dr. Chaoul has been utilizing Tibetan yoga meditation, breath, and movements at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston since 1999, both in research protocols and in the clinic. Join this weekend experience to discover practices that came from caves and monasteries to the modern clinic, and now can enhance your everyday life.
More info…

USA – New York

July 13-18
Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-being

More info coming soon…

USA – Texas

January 26 | 2:00pm-5:00pm
Jung Center of Houston | Houston, TX

How to Slow Down when the World Keeps Speeding Up

Between texts, emails, and to-do lists, it’s hard to stop and take care of ourselves. Do you ever notice a need to stop and breathe? Do you do it? Join Alejandro Chaoul, director of the new Institute for Mind, Body & Spirit at The Jung Center, and learn to find your center in the midst of chaos. In this workshop, we will practice simple techniques that can be used as “meditation pills” to bring calm and connection to ourselves and others, even on the most hectic days.

More info…

February 2018

February 9 | 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jung Center of Houston | Houston, TX

Art and Meditation: A Tibetan Mini-Retreat – LECTURE

Co-sponsored with Ligmincha Texas
Discover the benefits of meditating, drawing, and chanting during this weekend retreat with Tibetan Lama Geshe Denma Gyaltsen and Alejandro Chaoul. Tibetan seed syllables like ah, om, and hoong have been known for centuries as “warrior syllables,” because they are believed to have the power to heal, removing external, internal, and secret obstacles. In the last decade, remarkable research at MD Anderson Cancer Center has revealed that women with breast cancer who felt cognitive deficiencies after chemotherapy improved their short term memory and cognitive function through sound healing meditation.
Together, we will learn and practice this powerful meditation, through calligraphy, breathing, and chanting the syllables. Using these practices in our daily lives can help us connect to our inner wisdom and achieve a relaxed yet aware state of mind.
No prior meditation experience is necessary.

More info…

February 26 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Rice Campus | Houston, TX

Resilient Mind, Body and Spirit

From hurricanes to heartaches to health crises, we all experience challenges that threaten to overwhelm our emotional, physical and practical resources. Yet people are capable of surviving and thriving in the face of extraordinary difficulties. Resilience is the capacity to adapt well to significant stress and hardship. Research has demonstrated that many aspects of resilience can be learned and enhanced, even in adulthood. Tibetan meditation specialist Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., and psychologist Michael Winters, Ph.D., co-teach this course sharing Eastern and Western philosophical and scientific insights on cultivating a resilient mind, body and spirit. Deepen your potential to bend, not break, in the face of life’s inevitable stresses in this supportive class. Course includes in-class exercises and optional weekly practices.

More info…

March 2018

March 2 | 5:00pm-7:00pm
Rice University | Houston, TX

Tibetan Meditation: Cultivating Peace

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stress is a normal part of life, but allowing it to become a way of life can threaten mental, physical and emotional health. Fortunately, meditation can transform your relationship with stress, allowing you to experience life’s challenges with greater awareness and ease. In this short, interactive course, Tibetan meditation expert Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., teaches you in-class practices that can help you navigate through your stressors and counteract the “flight or fight” response with the relaxation response. Learning to be calm and focused through meditative techniques can enhance openness and alertness and help you overcome anger, attachment and confusion. Incorporating these practices into daily life may foster a healthier lifestyle, more compassionate relationships and a greater sense of inner peace.
More info…

Houston Academic and Medical

1, Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Tibetan Bon Meditation – Group Classes for anyone touched by cancer (patients, family, and caregivers)

Held every Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Relax and access a deeper awareness through connecting the mind, body, and heart, through breath, sound and movement practices. Class method rotates weekly and consists of: Power of Breath, Sacred Sounds, Movement & Breath (9:30-11 a.m.).

Please see calendar for details or contact our clinic at 713-794-4700
More info…Meditation page |  Audio and Video Archive

2, The University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine
Meditation for medical students, staff & faculty
Jesse Jones Library (JJL) 410 Conference Room
Mondays 12:15-12:45 pm
for more information email: alechaoul@gmail.com

3, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Faculty Health Meditation
Wednesdays 12:15-12:45 pm
for more information email: machaoul@mdanderson.org

Meditation and Daily Life – Free class for anyone touched by cancer
Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm at Mays Clinic
To register please call: 713-794-4700
www.mdanderson.org/integrativemedcenter

4, UT Health
Monthly meditations will be held the second Wednesday of each month from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the University Center Tower (UCT), in UCT 1505C.
For more information, please contact Julie.A.VanOrden@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3394.

5, School of Dentistry (SOD)
Meditation three times per month on Fridays. 1to 12:45 p.m. in room SOD 4330. Reservations are not required. For more information about School of Dentistry’s meditation sessions, please contact Nicole Chapman at Nicole.Chapman@uth.tmc.edu or 713-468-4532.

Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative & Healing Arts

Meditation, Movement, Breathing and Sacred Sound Practices – Now also with our resident lama, Geshe Denma Gyalstsen

Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm

Our Wednesday sessions consist of the following set of practices:

The Nine Breathings of Purification
Tsa Lung (Tibetan Yoga)
The 5 Warrior Syllables
Silent Meditation
Recitation of the 3 Heart Mantras
Recitation of the Precious Garland Bardo Prayer
The Invocation of Yeshe Walmo
Dedication of Merit

These sessions are open to the public.
Please contact us at info@ligminchatexas.org for details.

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