University of Vermont


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. Mindfulness 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.

SPRING 2016 Programs

Mind-Body Wellness Programs are open to UVM students only, unless otherwise indicated.

Drop-in Groups (beginning January 25th)
Location: Living Well Studio, Davis Center, 1st Floor

Breath, Body, Mind: Mondays 4:00-4:45

  • The gentle movement and breathing practices of Breath, Body, Mind are targeted to reduce the effects of stress and to enhance our sense of well-being.

Spirit Yoga: Tuesdays 1:30-2:45

  • Using breath awareness, mindful movement, meditation, and mantras, each session will create opportunities for you to honor the many layers of your selfhood (physical, energetic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual).
  • This drop-in group is welcoming of ALL bodies and identities. It is also suitable for those with histories of trauma although you need not have experienced trauma to benefit from the practice.

Meditation: Wednesdays 4:00-4:45
Meditation: Fridays 1:00-1:45

Drop-in meditation, yoga, and Breath, Body, Mind groups are free and open to all students. No registration is required. All groups include meditation, movement or breathing instruction, and practice. Beginners are always welcome.

AIM: Attention Improvement with Mindfulness
Location: Living Well Studio, Davis Center, 1st Floor

Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 pm, 9 weeks, start date TBA

Pre-Screening Required. Please call 656-3340 to schedule.

AIM is a newly-designed 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.

Mindful Living—a 4-week workshop
Location: Living Well Studio, Davis Center, 1st Floor

Wednesdays 2:30-3:45

  • Session 1: 2/24, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23
  • Session 2: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20

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 No pre-screening required.

Yoga for the Winter Blues
Location: Living Well Studio, Davis Center, 1st Floor

Mondays 10:45-11:45, 6 weeks

  • Session 1: begins 2/8/16 and ends 3/28/16 (no yoga on 2/15 or 3/7)
  • Session 2: begins 4/4/16 and ends 5/9/16

Come explore how yoga can help you learn to become aware of and move through challenging emotions by connecting your mind and body. This 6-week series is an opportunity to develop a healthy sense of wellbeing through the use of movement, breath and self-awareness. This series is welcoming to all bodies and identities; no prior yoga experience necessary. We ask that you try to attend at least 5 weeks of a 6 week session in order to gain the most from this opportunity. No pre-screening required. For additional information and to register, contact Jennifer Phillips at

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Half-Day Retreat: Sunday, 2/28 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free for students, faculty, and staff. The retreat consists of a silent half-day of sitting meditation, walking meditation, optional guided yoga, and a vegetarian-friendly snack and tea. Appropriate for all levels of experience. Contact for more information and to register.

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