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Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
February 2012

Hope your year is off to a great start.  

I am constantly amazed at the resilience of people and their unique pathways to health and wellness. In this edition of our Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives Newsletter, I want to introduce you to three incredible people, who offer powerful testimonials to the healing power of music - Robert Vijay Gupta, Nathaniel Ayers, and Oliver Sacks, M.D.


Hope they inspire you.


Wishing you wellness,

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Gayathri Ramprasad
Founder & President, ASHA International
The Healing Power of Music

Robert Vijay GuptaIn April 2010, I was invited to present a Keynote at a mental health advocacy conference in Los Angeles. During lunch break, I had the privilege of meeting Robert Vijay Gupta, a highly acclaimed violinist and member of the LA Philharmonic, and I was deeply inspired by his passionate parallel interests in neurobiology and mental health advocacy. Over the next 30 minutes, as Robert and his ensemble captivated the 300 conference attendees with their divine music, I stood in awe, witnessing the transcendent power of music to unite us as a people, comfort, inspire, and heal our souls.


Please click on the links below, and be inspired by Robert's testimonial to the healing power of music.

United in Bach's universe and in Beethoven's soul


Music is Medicine. Music is Sanity.  


Great Read
In his NMusicophilia - Dr. Sacksew York Times bestselling book -Musicophilia - Dr. Sacks investigates the power of music to move us, to heal and to haunt us.


Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does-humans are a musical species. Read more...  



Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, is not a doctor, therapist or health care professional. She is a mental health advocate and Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). The information shared in this E-mail is for general information purposes only and therefore not intended to replace the medical advice afforded by physicians or other healthcare professionals. 


In This Issue
The Healing Power of Music
Real People, Real Recovery
Real People, Real Recovery
Stories of Courage, Hope & Resilience

Nathaniel Ayers

Nathaniel's Story:

From Skid Row to the White House


In those early days after we met 5 1/2 years ago, when Nathaniel Ayers slept on the streets of skid row, he was a dreamer. He'd play a two-string violin at the feet of the Beethoven statue and imagine a day when he would figure out how to get the two missing strings, or a day when he might visit a concert hall or play well enough to draw an audience. Read more... 

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In the News

One in five adults in the U.S. had a mental illness in 2010, with people ages 18 to 25 having the highest rates, according to a national survey. Read more...