Blissful SVA Conference Weekend Re-Cap

 
Waves of SVA bliss rippled through the Warner Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, CA,  this past weekend! Students from all over theScreenshot 2015-05-14 14.46.03 world – India, the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Canada, and numerous states in the US – eager to complete their education in SVA pulse assessment – came together to celebrate the culmination of Vaidya Mishra’s  9-month long Global Pulse and Marma E-Course.
The conference began Friday evening, May 8th, with mantras and a transcendent performance with Aditya Prakash, Sheela Bhringi, and Neelamjit Dhillon. After a group initiation into the SVA Healing Mantras with Vaidya Mishra on Saturday morning,  Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum delivered a powerful talk on the benefits of SVA Transdermal Magnesium detox and supplementation. The afternoon highlight was a highly informative talk by Sanskritist, Dr. Chris Minkowski, on historical and cultural origins of the Maga Brahmins, the Shaka island, in the context of the SVA Lineage. After an exquisite SVA gala dinner prepared by Chef Tony,  the Shakti Dance Company under the expert  artistic guidance of Mrs. Viji Prakash, delighted the audience with a  “Dance of the Pulse” – an original choreography where traditional Bharatanatyam vocabulary was interwoven with modern expressions of “abhinaya” = or narration, bringing alive the tissues of the body pulsating with Prana, the flow of life, and enacting the drama of strife between the mind, “manas,” the heart lotus or “hrit pundareek,” and the senses or the “indriyas.” The dancers concluded their performance to standing ovation with a celebratory piece enacting the blissful joy that flows from a totally healthy body, displaying total alignment between senses, heart lotus, mind, and body.Screenshot 2015-05-14 14.46.18
The Saturday evening festivities would not have been complete without the launch of Vaidya Mishra’s much anticipated cookbook! Rick Talcott guided us through the “making of an ayurvedic cookbook.” Weekend participants were a
able to have a first look at the sample cookbook on display. The cookbook will be available for purchase in a few weeks.
 On Sunday students broke up into practice groups to read eachother’s pulse. Dr. Mark Vinick also guided the audience into allocating and confirming the location of SVA marma points. Vaidya Mishra gave insights and more knowledge about pulse assessment, sharing additional tips and secrets.
The weekend came to an end with a beautiful ceremony, honoring the students and bestowing upon them the title of “pranavid” and “pranavidusi”-s, “knowers of Prana.” The conference then moved on to take a look at a work in progress, a short movie detailing the life of Vaidya Mishra from his village in Vaidyachak, India, to his travels in Europe and Asia, and his tours and courses in the US.
Rhadika Bhukory concluded the conference with her beautiful voice and songs of “Janani,” the Mother of the World, in celebration of this Mother’s Day weekend and the SVA conference.
Thank you to all who were able to attend and make and share this wonderful experience with Vaidya Mishra and his team. If you missed it, we will have the video recordings of the entire conference available shortly.
Also: all pictures of the conference will be posted and available for download and sharing. Stay tuned!

Why is Magnesium Necessary?

And why should you go the SVA Transdermal route? In a powerful enlightening talk, Dr. Teitelbaum presented her research at the SVA conference this past weekend – from helping with calcium levels in your body, to regulating your stress hormones and adrenal glands, magnesium plays a major role in our daily lives. Low levels of magnesium are the root cause behind a wide range of clinical chronic conditions. While oral magnesium supplementation can have its down sides and side-effects, transdermal absorption of magnesium is safe and highly effective over long term. The highlights of her talk will show you how and why!

Conditions Caused by Magnesium deficiency

Low levels of magnesium can result in many conditions, namely:

– cramping of the muscles, leading to

 — heartbeat arrhythmia

 — painful menstrual cycles

 — calf muscle pain (“Charlie horses”)

 — twitching of the eyelids

But not just that. here is a list of chronic conditions associated with low or depleted levels of magnesium:

Adrenal fatigue – adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol deplete magnesium. Stress is a big factor for adrenal fatigue. Stress causes excess elimination of magnesium through urine

   Alzheimer’s – Magnesium guards the external layer of the cells, not allowing heavy metals to enter

   Angina – The pain of angina is caused by severe muscle spasm in heart muscles, is caused by magnesium deficiency.  The heart ventricles have the highest levels of magnesium in the whole body, which is why magnesium is so important for the pumping function of the heart.

   Anxiety and Panic Attacks – When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the flight-or-flight hormones adrenaline and noradrenalin become more easily triggered. When they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure and heart palpitations.

 Asthma – Histamine production and bronchial spasms (in the smooth muscles of the bronchial tract) both increase as a result of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is a great broncho-dilator.

Atherosclerosis with calcium deposits.  Magnesium is necessary to help dissolve calcium and keep it soluble in the bloodstream.

Bowel disease – magnesium deficiency slows down bowel peristalsis, causing constipation.

Depression – Serotonin, which elevates mood, is dependent on magnesium.

Detoxification – Magnesium is crucial for removal of toxins and heavy metals from the body.  Magnesium is a co-factor in the production of glutathione and the function of the P450 detoxification systems in the liver.

Diabetes – Magnesium enhances insulin secretion and allows insulin to transfer glucose into the cells.  Otherwise, glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.

Headaches – Prevents muscle tension in neck and head muscles when applied locally.  Also prevents spasms of the muscles in the walls of the arteries which triggers headaches.

High Blood Pressure – With low magnesium and too much calcium, the muscles in blood vessels can go into spasm and cause high blood pressure.

Hardening of the arteries – as acid toxins build up (ama visha and gar visha), they create inflammation in the wall of the arteries.  If calcium is high and magnesium is low, the calcium can deposit in the arterial wall, creating hardening or plaque.

Inflammation – Calcium is extremely pro-inflammatory and magnesium is anti-inflammatory.  Must keep a balance between calcium and magnesium.  It is not recommended to take calcium supplements – they remain stuck in the channel, and if magnesium  is low this can create inflammation and other problems like hardening of the arteries and heart attacks.

Osteoporosis – Calcium cannot build bones without magnesium. Calcium alone makes bones brittle (like chalk breaking as it hits the floor).  Magnesium makes the bones flexible and resistant to shattering.  Most people have too much calcium and not enough magnesium. Put a calcium supplement in a glass of water and it sits there.  Add magnesium and it breaks down.

Magnesium is a co-factor for ATP production. ATP, created in mitochondria, is main source of energy in our cells. ATP must be bound to magnesium in order to be active. ATP is made in each of the 100 trillion cells in our body

For purposes of cellular detoxification and tissue purification, the most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride. Has a strong excretory effect on toxins stuck in the tissues of the body, drawing them out through the pores of the skin. Magnesium chloride, when applied transdermally increases DHEA. DHEA is the “mother of all hormones.” DHEA is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands and the ovaries. DHEA is converted in the body into several different steroid hormones – estrogen, testosterone and other hormones as needed

Magnesium is a required co-factor for over 800 enzyme systems in our bodies. 3,751 receptor sites for magnesium have been found on human proteins. Magnesium is a requirement for RNA and DNA production. Magnesium is a co-factor involved in transporting hormones like adrenaline into the cells because the hormones can’t pass through the cell membranes by themselves

   Why choose Transdermal over Oral?

Most magnesium supplements are made from the wrong form of magnesium. Oral supplementation is not very effective because of low bowel tolerance (creates “striations” – areas of damage) on the bowel wall with prolonged use. Oral magnesium passes through the digestive tract too quickly creating low levels of absorption

Transdermal application bypasses the liver, providing less chance of an overdose or under-dose. Our skin is very porous, allowing many substances in or out of the body, it can thus take in the magnesium easily and eliminate many toxins back out through the skin itself, safely and effectively.

Why do we get low on magnesium?

There can be many causes for magnesium deficiency. Here are the most common:

1) Ingesting synthetic Vitamin C – this competes with magnesium and pulls it out of the system.

2) Poor diet: starving yourself and/or consuming unwholesome processed meals puts a great strain on your entire physiology, draining your body of its minerals and nutrients

3) Drinking processed purified water lacking in minerals from the earth – always favor natural spring water over tap or other types of purified recycled water

4) Prescription medications – bronchodilators, insulin, digitalis, antibiotics, corticosteroids, cocaine: if you find yourself having to depend on medication for your health condition, do not discontinue them, instead add a  good protocol of transdermal magnesium to your daily regimen to support your levels of magnesium even as you take your medicines.

5) Stress: in addition to correcting your daily sleeping and eating routine, add yoga and meditation, or other relaxation techniques to your life.

6) Avoid ALL kinds of processed sugars – steer clear of processed sugary drinks and sodas! Get your sugars naturally from natural sources such as fruits, raw honey, etc.

7) Make sure the friendly bacteria in your gut are taken care of, because malabsorption of nutrients due to their absence  – lack of friendly bacteria in the gut is the primary cause of malnutrition and malabsorption when you are maintaining a healthy daily diet yet experience imbalances.

8) Supplementing with Calcium for healthy bones, without having a proper balance of magnesium vs calcium.

9) Using alcohol, coffee, sodas, birth control pills, nicotine…

10) Supplementing with synthetic Vitamin D: this  binds magnesium and pulls it out of the body when you need it most!

Clinical Application of SVA Transdermal Magnesium

I have been using Vaidya Mishra’s SVA Transdermal Magnesium products in my practice since he came up with them a couple of years ago. I have great feedback from patients with different kinds of chronic conditions. I have used it for: 1115

1) Cataract Reversal:  I ask the patient to apply the Transdermal Magnesium Roll-on to sub-occipital region. Cataracts are caused by loss of elasticity of the lens (due to lack of magnesium) and calcium deposition into the lens causing cloudiness of the lens

2) For headaches: I use the Magnesium Roll-on down the spine and on the forehead twice a day.  Also use SVA ALA Cream in these same areas to decrease swelling and heat in the capillaries, opening up the channels to reduce the pressure

3) Blood Pressure – use the Magnesium Roll-on and/or Vata Oil with Magnesium and Vitamin D for abhyanga or daily self-massage.

4) Arrhythmia – use Magnesium Roll-on, Super Sport Cream and Arjuna Cream down the spine twice a day, or whenever the arrhythmias are occurring

5) Menstrual Cramps – apply Magnesium Roll-on to lower abdomen and lower spine twice a day along with the Prakrit cream down the lower spine to pull Apana down and pacify the situation. Consume natural healthy sweets 5 days before and 5 days after the menstruation to have a steady supply of estrogen and support the flow of the menses.

As always: thank you Vaidya Mishra for the priceless knowledge – from sutra to science!
– Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Mucuna Instant coffee

Does your morning cup of coffee act as a tridoshic body and brain tonic? Is it rejuvenating to all your bodily tissues? Nourishing for your nerves? Calming for your mind, and supporting your daily detox through your kidneys and colon? Is it a good source of prebiotic that will nourish the friendly bacteria in your colon? If it is not, then you are starting your day on the wrong foot!

We all know the side-effects of caffeine, but we also know how hard it can be to let go of old habits… But now you can have your coffee and drink it too! Vaidya’s latest cutting edge SVA formulation is a delicious blend of ancient ayurvedic ingredients that will not only give your physiology an immediate boost, but will also give you balancing and bliss-enhancing benefits with long term use. He has put together
  • Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens)
  • Wild date seed
  • Root Chicory
  • Haritaki
to bring us a cup of the richest caffeine free coffee substitute. Why does ingredients in particular?

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Ingredients: 
Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens)
Wild date seed
Root Chicory
Haritaki
Mucuna pruriens beans are a natural rich source of L-Dopa: a chemical naturally produced in humans, some animals and plants via biosynthesis. L-Dopa is the precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline) that play important roles in the human brain and body. Dopamine is the bliss-giving neurotransmitter that our brains thrive on.
Unlike synthetic artificial Dopamine, the Dopamine contained in the Mucuna beans are free from side-effects, and they get secreted out of the body faster that synthetic dopamine. 1-3 cups a day are safe and ideal for regular consumption.
 
Health Benefits:
Your SVA Mucuna brew contains the following balancing and bliss-enhancing ingredients: o-CHICORY-ROOT-570
Mucuna: in Ayurveda, Mucuna has been recommended since the dawn of time as a brain and body tonic. It is particularly rejuvenating for the seven tissues and the reproductive fluid for men and women. It  nourishes the nerves, and calms the mind. Mucuna also helps supports the kidneys in their overall functions.
Wild date seeds: recommended in Ayurveda for detoxing and nourishing the muscle tissue.
Root Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. sativum) has been cultivated in Europe and the Mediterranean region as a coffee substitute, as well as used as a coffee additive in parts of Southeast Asia, South Africa and southern United States. The root contains up to 20% inulin – a great source of soluble dietary fiber and is thus added to yogurts as a prebiotic. Research finds that inulin may help with weight loss, constipation, improving bowel function, and general health. Chicory was found to potentially increase calcium absorption and bone density. It is a functional food. In Sanskrit, Chicory is called kashmard: that which helps the lungs through gentle detox,  nurturing and supporting them by eliminating daily build-up from environmental pollution.
Haritaki is known to have so many healing and balancing properties in Ayurveda, including restorative properties for the colon. Haritaki is often compared to mother’s milk – full nourishing benefits and no harm!  It is best known as a paatya plant – it helps us stay on the “path of health” by maintaining our body’s intelligence on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual.
Altogether, Vaidya Mishra has put together this delicious Mucuna blend to help ease the mind, support your nervous system against daily stress, pacify all three doshas; nurture your body and lungs.image description
You can brew this mixture like you would regular instant coffee, and enjoy it with or without milk, with or without a sweetener – depending on your preference. You will not believe how good it tastes! And how much instant waves of bliss it will procure, giving you immediate energy through better oxygenation to the brain and lungs. Regular consumption of this blend will have cumulative benefits for your nervous system and colon overall.
Help us name this newest SVA formulation. Join our naming contest, or Namkaran, by requesting your free sample of “Mucuna Coffee” (temporary name). Email us at info@prana-center.com to request your free sample and then email us back to give us your naming suggestions. Prizes will be announced shortly.

Warm up with a cup of tea!

Temperatures are dropping, affecting the way we work, think, and sleep. We may find that our sleep is less deep, more animated with dreams; or our focus is sporadic and scattered; our thoughts are multitudinous and incessant – these are all symptoms of increased marut  (air and space elements) resulting from the change of season that affect our vata dosha. Adjusting your routine is always recommended, but we can all get some help from herbs and spices. Vaidya Mishra has formulated special herbal synergies that can help you stay on track and accomplish more without getting frazzled and burnt out!
Try his Soma Nidra tea – drink it at night before bed to help you have deeper more blissful sleep, or during the day, to help you handle stress more efficiently. Or try the Shroto Shudhi tea to keep your channels open and your agni going so you garner all the energy you have to accomplish all you need to do!
If you need a little pick-me up, try Tripti tea that contains white tea leaves – a perfect blend that helps you transform any sugar you ingest into energy. Or if you are experiencing irritability and emotional roller-coasters (!) with high pitta still accumulated in your physiology due to the end of summer, try Vaidya’s Pitta Tea to help you cool off without freezing your channels or putting out your agni. Or you can try the SVA Tulsi tea – good for all 4 seasons – ideal for boosting your immunity and keeping your satwa going. Or the Moringa tea… Or the Garavisha tea… To read more about all these formulations visit www.chandika.com – your one-stop ayurvedic shop!

More news about upcoming SVA Pulse and Marma Course

In response to popular requests, the monthly payment plan is back on. You may now choose to pay on a monthly basis instead of upfront if you want to join Vaidya’s e-course.

 Since we are bringing back this option, we are  extending the registration date – at the rate of $1665 – until the end of the month, that’s July 31, 2014.

If you are still undecided, consider this – would you like to be able to help loved ones with common daily imbalances, such as:

  •         indigestion
  •         sleeplessness
  •         acidity
  •         fatigue
  •         bad dreams
  •         low bone tissue
  •         low muscle tissue
  •         migraines

Learning how to detect such daily ailments through touching the pulse will guide you to give the proper remedy. This course has been designed for all – whether you are a stay-home mom (or dad!) and are interested in improving your personal health or that of your loved ones; or whether you are a professional health expert and are looking to add an essential assessment tool to your existing skills.

For example, what will be the pulse of an individual experiencing indigestion? In ayurvedic terms, you would have to answer the following questions:

  • what dosha is high;
  • how is the rhythm?
  • What about the volume?
  • And the speed?
  • Which dhatu-s or tissues are affected?
  • And what kind of  effect is present in terms of the guna-s or properties.

Through this e-course with Vaidya you will learn that if someone is experiencing indigestion, then you will notice that their kapha dosha is high, specifically the kapha subdosha that governs the stomach, kledaka kapha. You will see Kledaka kapha in rasa dhatu, or the very first tissue or layer when you press your fingers on the pulse. Rasa dhatu will carry ama or heaviness due to partially indigested food. So the first layer will feel suppressed, cold, heavy. The first subdosha that you will hear will be kledak kapha. Pachak pitta, the pitta subdosha that governs the stomach, will appear less prominent. Another subdosha that will be active because of kledak kapha will be samana vata, or the vata subdosha that governs the stomach area. All three subdosha-s govern the stomach: kledak to lubricate and moisten, pachak to breakdown and process, and samana to churn and move the food. When someone eats very heavy food item or eats when stressed out, or eats and watches TV, then digestion is impaired, kledak increases, pachak decreases, and samana increases. You will be able to read this in the pulse on the very first layer, the rasa dhatu layer.  When Samana vata goes high, then it moves out of its designated area, it can either go up and then udana vata which is in the chest goes high giving sudden chest pains, or causes the person to burp; or samana vata goes down and interferes with apana vata, causing gas and bloating.

You will also learn all the fundamentals of Ayurveda the way they are taught in the ayurvedic sutra-s and the SV lineage – clear, practical, to the point.

Knoweldge is all about experience, and with this course, you can make this most precious knowledge of Ayurveda a daily practical experience in your life and those of the ones you are called upon to help.

If you have already signed-up for the course, you will already have received an invitation to join the course forum, along with the details for the inaugural class launch.
The course will launch next Friday July 18th, 2014, at 6:15am, via phone conference. This first session will last only 30-45 minutes during which Vaidya Mishra will recite vedic chants and inaugurate the course. All course material will be available for registered students by July 16th, 2014.

If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us:
1.818.709.1005 or info@prana-center.com

Exciting News about Vaidya’s upcoming Global E-Pulse & Marma Course


please note there will be no SVA Cafe next Thursday July 17th, as Vaidya will be launching the Pulse and Marma Course on Friday morning July 18th, 2014

We are very excited to share that we have 50+ participants in Vaidya’s 9 month-long e-course on Pulse and Marma. Because we have participants from all over the globe – India, Japan, South America, and more. As previously announced, in order to avoid the delays involved in snail-mail, during the duration of the course, we will be making the video recorded material available online through our private forum. You will be able to  download and watch as many times as you wish. However, as promised, each participant will receive the full DVD set of the course via snail-mail after the completion of the course during the practicum in April.

The course will launch next Friday July 18th, 2014, at 6:15am, via phone conference. This first session will last only 30-45 minutes during which Vaidya Mishra will recite vedic chants and inaugurate the course. All course material will be available for registered students by July 16th, 2014.

Hurry! We are currently running an interim discounted price of $1650 until July 16th for those who have not signed up yet and wish to do so.
Come on board to learn how to manage your healthy on a daily basis, through the ancient technique of pulse diagnosis, or take the course to deepen your professional healing services. There will be a wealth of knowledge with practical SVA tips and recommendations as always.

SVA Pulse and Marma E-Course excerpts from chapter One:

“It is true that learning Ayurvedic pulse assessment is not necessarily an easy task; it is very subtle. (…)

But based on the great success of professionals who have diligently applied themselves to master this ancient skill] Vaidya has recently given a great deal of thought as to how to teach this course in a more step-by-step, in-depth fashion. His goal is to provide the opportunity whereby students could learn the foundation of his lineage’s SV Ayurveda directly from the sutras, learn the principles of pulse assessment and marma therapy which they could then practice at home with friends and family, as well as to provide them with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experiences in detail. In this way, the course could be presented over a longer time period, allowing for each student to read the lesson, watch it on the web or DVD, study at his or her own pace, digest the material, ask questions on the on-line forum, discuss the material, listen to Vaidya’s one-hour monthly lecture of the subject matter – and be able to do this within the timeframe that he or she has available. (…)

“SVA differs in many ways from contemporary Ayurveda, which many of us may have studied previously. Vaidya wants to ensure everyone taking this course understands the foundations of Ayurveda in the same way, so now we are going to delve into some of the basic principles from his lineage of SV Ayurveda. We will learn basic theory directly from the shastras and then we will practice based upon those principles which we have learned. (…)

(…) The meaning of “doshas,” is “always out of balance,” or “in the process of maintaining the body.” They are always in action within the body, so they create imbalance. The doshas have to manage the body and mind, and in that process of managing, it is impossible to keep all of the three doshas in balance. A simple example of this, is when we are stressed; our prana vata has to go out of balance, in order to increase the heart rate, so that it can supply more blood to the brain to meet its demands in this situation. Thus, in the process of managing the body and mind, it becomes necessary for the doshas to go out of balance. Why is that? (…)

This is part of a cycle, which in SV Ayurveda is called the Samprapti Chakra, or cycle of pathogenesis. We will use this example of hunger, and the resulting imbalance of pachaka pitta, to illustrate this model of pathogenesis. (…)

Contemporary Ayurveda does not teach much about the nadis, because it does not emphasize the importance of the prana. However, for us it is very important to understand the nadis, because they are the vibrational channels through which prana is received, carried and delivered throughout the body where it is needed. Nadis are very powerful, because they are run by the element of space, the seed element. (…)

Bhava Mishra is a Mishra from the SVA lineage from the 16th century, who compiled the Bhava Prakash, a text of Ayurvedic knowledge based upon the Charaka Samhita, and his own experience. In this verse, he is describing marma from the SVA lineage perspective: marmani tesu tisthanti pranah khalul: meaning that, “in the marmas, prana lives; prana is established in the marmas.”

FAQs about the Pulse and Marma E-Course

We have been receiving several questions about Vaidya’s upcoming course, here are some helpful answers.

Question: what material does the course exactly entail? – upon registration, each course participant will receive the following:
  • printed material, this is the unpublished textbook of SVA Pulse and Marma put together by Vaidya for the purpose of this course. It will introduce you to the key concepts and terminology that you need to familiarize yourself with as part of your learning process. You are responsible for this material.
  • A 1 hour footage of Vaidya lecturing on the subject of the first chapter or first installment of the pulse course – this will be an electronic link that you will have access to watch on-line anytime for as long as you are registered for the course.
  • A private forum open for all course participants to discuss the ongoing material with each other, as well as ask questions to Vaidya
  • A 1 hour/month live audio and skype conference with Vaidya covering the material of that month.
  • You will be expected to put in approximately a total of at least 10 hours a month towards acquiring the material of the month under discussion.

Question: How many hours will I have completed at the end of the course? 

  • 900 hours (10 hours/month) plus 16 hours (weekend practicum in person attendance) for a total of 916 hours of SVA Pulse and Marma.

Question: When does the course start and when will I receive the course material(s)?

  • The course will be inaugurated on Friday July 18, 2014 at 6:14am (PST).
  • You will receive the first installment of the course notes, along with access to the first hour of video right after registration is closed on July 17. Most material will be sent via email. Snail-mail may be used for exceptions.
  • Thereafter, you will receive the material for each month’s course on the 1st of the month
  • Vaidya will be holding an audio/skype live conference call on the last Saturday of each month – with the exception of December, the conference will be held on December 20, 2014, to allow course participants holiday travel time.

Question: When and where is the practicum going to be held?

  • The practicum will be held on the last weekend of April 2015, the weekend of 24-26.  Arrive by 1:30pm for registration. The Friday session will include registration and a brief gathering. The actual practicum will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.
  • The practicum will be held in Chatsworth California, at Vaidya Mishra’s Prana Center.

Please note that SVA practitioners Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum and Dr. Douglas Beech will also be part of the course, and they will be sharing their experience and stories and feedback with the group.