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Mind-Body Wellness Program

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga

The Mind-Body Wellness Program offers drop-in meditation and yoga groups, an all day retreat, workshops, audio/visual exercises and other resources. See the menu on the left.

About the Mind-Body Wellness Program

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, without judgment. When we are mindful, we are fully engaged with the life around us and within us, with focus, awareness and acceptance. Although we all have the innate capacity to be mindful, most of us spend the majority of our lives lost in our inner world of thoughts, worries, plans, memories, ideas, fantasies, and so on, leading to distress and disease.

Practicing mindfulness, i.e. shifting attention back to the present moment without judgment, leads to wellbeing. Mindfulness can be cultivated in many ways, including formal techniques like meditation and yoga, and informal practice, e.g. gently bringing your attention back to whatever you are doing at the moment. Mindulness has been taught and practiced for thousands of years. Its many benefits are now being verified by a burgeoning field of neuropsychological research. These benefits include reduced anxiety and depression, improved attention, increased happiness, greater self-awareness and self-compassion, improved health and immune functioning, and many more.

The Mind-Body Wellness Program offers opportunities to learn to become more focused, relaxed, self-aware, and self-compassionate. Free drop-in meditation groups, gentle yoga groups, and retreats are available throughout the academic year. Mind-body wellness workshops are open to UVM students. Please enjoy the resources on this website, including audio and video recordings of guided meditations and yoga practices, a reading list, local meditation and yoga centers, schedule information, and sign-up links to our listserv and Facebook group.

Fall 2014 Programs

Open to All

These two programs are open to students, staff, faculty and the community at large.

Community Drop-In Meditation

Fridays 1:00-1:45pm
Allen House
461 Main St, 3rd Floor

Community drop-in meditation groups are free and open to students, staff, faculty and the community. No registration is required. All groups include meditation instruction, practice and discussion. Beginners are always welcome.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Saturday, November 8th
8:45am-4:00pm

Free for students, faculty, and staff.
Contact miv.london@uvm.edu for more information and to register.

Drop-In Groups Just For Students

Student Meditation

Mondays 4:00-4:45pm
Wednesdays 4:00-4:45pm

Living Well, Davis Center, 1st Floor

Student drop-in meditation groups are free and open to UVM students. No registration is required. All groups include meditation instruction, practice and discussion. Beginners are always welcome.

Mindful Eating

Thursdays 2:00-2:45pm
Living Well, Davis Center, 1st Floor

Do you take the time to truly savor/enjoy your food, or do you rush through your meals? Do you know when you're hungry and when you're full? Do you eat on automatic pilot, without even realizing how much you've consumed?

This group will teach you how to slow down, taste your food, and feel more in control of your eating. A light snack will be provided.

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Club MED: Meditation, Education, Discussion

Thursdays 5:00-5:45
Living Well, Davis Center, First Floor

Each week will offer a different meditation practice, such as Lovingkindness meditation, body scan, and chakra clearing meditation. in addition, once a month the Club will go from 5:00 to 6:30, and will present a guest meditation teacher (live or recorded) followed by practice and discussion. These extended sessions will be on 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, and 12/4.

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RELAXATION STATION

Wednesdays 1:30-2:30
Wright Studio (Redstone, across from CAPS office)

Take a break from your stress and come to this group where we will practice breathing techniques, guided meditation, and gentle movement designed to soothe your nervous system and restore your calmness and equilibrium. No experience necessary.

Workshops Just For Students

Shorter Workshops

No pre-screening required for these 4- to 6-week workshops. To register, email miv.london@uvm.edu.

MACS (Mindfulness and Coping Skills)

4-week sessions

  • Session 1:
    Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45
    September 24—October 15
    Living Well
  • Session 2:
    Wednesdays 10:45-noon
    October 8—October 29
    Wright Studio
  • Session 3:
    Mondays 10:45-noon
    October 27—November 17
    Wright Studio

This workshop introduces simple mindfulness-based skills to reduce your stress and improve the overall quality of your life. Skills you will learn include relaxing/energizing breathing, mindful walking and eating, guided visualization, and meditation. You will be asked to practice on your own 10-20 minutes per day. This is a great opportunity to find out what mindfulness is all about, and how it can be helpful to you. To register, contact miv.london@uvm.edu.

LifeForce Yoga ® To Manage Your Moods

6-week sessions

  • Session 1:
    Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm
    September 11—October 16
    Living Well Studio
  • Session 2:
    Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm
    October 23—December 4
    Living Well Studio

This workshop introduces the practices of gentle movement, visualization, breathing, sound, and meditation as powerful tools to manage anxiety and depression. Appropriate for all levels of fitness/ability. No prior yoga experience is necessary. No screening required. Contact miv.london@uvm.edu to register.

Longer Workshops

Pre-screening is required for participation in these 8- or 9-week workshops. Call 656-3340.

Mindful Living

  • Wednesdays 1:00-2:30pm
    Wright Studio
    Starting date TBA
    1/2 day retreat on November 1st

The Mindful Living workshop is designed to address anxiety and stress by teaching participants how to become more mindful, i.e. non-judgmentally aware of the present moment. Using a variety of approaches, including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, yoga, and others, participants cultivate the ability to let go of stressful thought patterns and to experience more moments of peace and well- being in their lives.

Healing Depression With Mindfulness

  • Mondays 1:00-2:45pm
    Wright Studio
    Starting date TBA
    1/2 day retreat on November 1st

This group is intended for students who have struggled with depression in their lives. Participants will learn and practice a variety of methods to help them become more mindful, i.e. nonjudgmentally aware of the present moment. As the capacity for mindfulness is cultivated, participants will then learn to identify and work with thought patterns that have spiraled into depression in the past, and develop strategies to prevent future relapses. This group is appropriate for students with a history of depression, or who are currently experiencing mild depression.

AIM: Attention Improvement With Mindfulness

  • Mondays 3:00-4:30pm
    Wright Studio
    Starting date TBA

AIM is a group for students who have struggled with significant difficulties with attention, distractibility, and focusing in various aspects of their lives. Participants will learn and practice a variety of methods to help them develop increased mindfulness (i.e., nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment), specifically tailored to the challenges of inattention and distractibility. This group is appropriate for students with a history of attention difficulties, including students with attention-deficit diagnoses

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