The Mind Body Spirit Institute

Our Team

Our Vision

To be a leader in teaching individuals to live more balanced, productive, healthier, and meaningful lives.

Our Mission

The Jung Center's Mind Body Spirit Institute teaches individuals and organizations to achieve their potential by reducing stress and burnout, improving health and resilience, and nourishing the human spirit.

Our Leadership

Chris Becker
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MBSI Operations Manager

Chris Becker is a composer, writer, and lecturer. His book, Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz is available at The Jung Center Bookstore.

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD
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Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute

Adjunct Faculty, UT Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center; Fellow of the Mind & Life Institute

Ale is a scholar, researcher, author, teacher, and educator, with a PhD from Rice University focusing on Tibetan mind-body practices and applications in contemporary health environments. For over twenty years, Ale has researched and taught mind-body techniques to help relieve stress and support wellbeing throughout the community, including at MD Anderson’s Integrative Medicine Program and other educational, health care, and nonprofit organizations. He teaches in English and in Spanish.

He is the author of over 20 articles and three books, including Tibetan Yoga for Health & Wellbeing.

Rachel Connelly
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MBSI Associate

Rachel is an editor of fantasy novels and a community theatre actor with a deep passion for spiritual exploration and finding miracles in the little things. She was born and raised in Houston and is honored to work with MBSI and the Jung Center to give back to the community she calls home. If you run into her, please show her pictures of your pets.

Ann Friedman, PhD
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Director of Curriculum for MBSI

Psychologist/Mindfulness Facilitator

Psychologist Ann Friedman is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and a Certified Compassion Trainer from Emory University's Center for Contemplative Sciences and Compassion-Based Ethics.

Ann teaches mindfulness for schools, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. She particularly enjoys working with children, teens, and young adults.


For more information, email or call us 713-524-8253 ext 110.

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