Ch-Ch-Changes: How Mindfulness Changes the Brain in Awesome Ways

04/22/2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM ET




Ch-Ch-Changes: How Mindfulness Changes the Brain in Awesome Ways
Wednesday, April 22 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Webinar

Presented by: Denina Bautti-Cascio, Founder & Owner, Sage Action Consulting

Offered in Partnership with: Sage Action Consulting

David Bowie fans are now paying attention! For everyone else, don’t miss this one-hour webinar to learn how mindfulness changes your brain and your neurological response to stress. The brain is a pretty complex organ – and also a pretty cool one due to neuroplasticity (the ability for it to change based on experience and create new neural connections). You can consider it a mental muscle. Every time you practice mindfulness (paying attention to the present moment without judgment), you work your mindfulness muscle and your brain is being rewired for improved well-being.


During this webinar, you’ll learn the science behind why stress hijacks your brain and how that affects your body in the short-term and long run. Through a combination of presentation, lecture, and even some guided meditation for the opportunity to practice in-the-moment techniques to quiet the mind, we’ll explore how mindfulness can change your brain’s response to stress over time and increase your resilience (your ability to recover quickly from stress). Techniques include belly breathing, 4:8 breath, and triangle breathing. We’ll even leave time at the end for you to engage in these practices directly for your own unique experience, share feedback, and participate in a Q&A session.


Please note: This webinar includes guided meditation led by the trainer followed by a short period of independent practice.  If your worksite does not allow a space for you to eliminate distractions (e.g., close your door), you may want to plan to participate in the recorded session.


Can’t make the date? Not to worry! All registrants will receive a copy of the presentation and a link to the recording for later access.


For a deeper dive into mindfulness, check out Get Mindful in May, a five-part web series that will offer weekly opportunities during the month of May to discover and practice five different mindfulness techniques.

Single Login Cost:
$30 for PANO Members | $66 for Not-Yet Members

Terms of Participation
Your purchase entitles you to a single login; multiple accesses to the Zoom webinar are not permitted. Please do not share the login information with others, as it may interfere with your ability to join. Feel free to gather up to two other individuals around your conference phone or workstation to listen and view the program together – if you and two others would like to view the webinar together, please purchase ONE ticket and we will send you one registration link. If each individual would like to view the webinar separately, please purchase separate tickets for each person or consider a group screening (below).

Group Screening Cost:
$100 for PANO Members | $222 for Not-Yet Members

Terms of Participation
If you have multiple individuals interested in viewing the webinar, please have one person register selecting the group screening rate, then send a list of all individuals viewing the webinar (including names and email addresses) to

Materials & Login/Call-In Instructions:
Materials (PowerPoint and other handouts), along with instructions on how to login and call-in, will be emailed to attendees a few days prior to the date of the webinar. PANO uses Zoom as our webinar platform; you can familiarize yourself with Zoom and/or join a test meeting prior to these sessions.

Can’t attend? All webinar registrants will receive a recording of the webinar following the live session!

What People are Saying about Similar Programs:
“Denina is a lovely and centered facilitator. This was an excellent foray into meditation/mindfulness. I appreciate you understanding the importance of this practice and bringing it to PANO members.” – 2019 Participant, Get Mindful for the Holidays Web Series

“I feel like a lot of people don’t know how important it is to take some time just to relax. I plan on sharing this newfound knowledge with others that may feel some of the same overwhelmed feelings that I do also.” – 2018 Participant, Get Mindful in May Web Series

“The information seemed to directly apply to the volunteer work that we do, especially in leadership positions…I learned to breathe my way through stressful times.” – 2019 Participant, Get Mindful for the Holidays Web Series

“This gave us new ways to view being mindful and show us how easy it is to take a few minutes during the day to just get centered.” – 2018 Participant, Get Mindful in May Web Series

“This has helped me to become more ‘centered’ and focus on the positive before having a difficult conversation with a staff member.” – 2019 Participant, Get Mindful for the Holidays Web Series

“I have decided to hire a local mindfulness group to do a presentation and practice with my staff for our all-staff development day later this month.” – 2019 Participant, Get Mindful for the Holidays Web Series

“This has made me realize how truly important it is to slow down in every aspect of life.” – 2018 Participant, Get Mindful in May Web Series

“Great takeaways. I am really trying to incorporate them in my everyday (or somedays) life.” – 2019 Participant, Get Mindful for the Holidays Web Series

About the Facilitator:

Denina has spent most of her career working with individuals and teams in the nonprofit and government sectors. She’s been a skilled trainer, facilitator, and practitioner of mindfulness-based activities for nearly 20 years. She has studied with professionals engaged in trauma-sensitive approaches and helped to implement these approaches. Denina brings warmth and energy to her interactions with others, which makes mindfulness, self-care, and trauma-sensitivity accessible to everyone.


Denina received a Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Administration (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialization in Public Management and Policy. She graduated cum laude from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a minor in French, and concentrations in International Studies, and Public Administration and Policy Studies. Denina is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), certified Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator, Family Group Decision Making facilitator, and certified in Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid. Denina has expanded her formal education with extensive study of mindfulness-based practices and trauma-sensitive approaches.

Learn more about Denina’s background and experience.

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