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“Yoga and meditation have brought me balance, physical strength through the poses, and mental strength through the tools mindfulness has given me.”

UW Recreation offers mindfulness classes, workshops, and special events rooted in the science and art of yoga and meditation. Through skillful guidance, participants discover ways to nurture their body and mind and experience more moments of reflection, clarity, empowerment and connection in their daily lives.

Physically:

  • Classes are crafted in varying intensities to encourage diverse spinal motion, strength building, increased flexibility, buffered immunity and overall bodily wellbeing.
  • Yoga is an amazing complement to any athletic program, it can be utilized as a cross-training tool, and can help prevent injury or promote repair.

Mentally:

  • Classes are designed to increase attention span, amplify focus, build resiliency to stress, and promote empathy.
  • Mindfulness practices infused both into yoga and meditation enact shifts in parts of the brain such as the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and cortical midline structures, which reduce reactivity and encourage more skillful decision making.

Our classes are open to everyone regardless of yoga/meditation experience, flexibility, or current fitness level.

Get your fix of mindfulness either through our Mindfulness Pass (formally UW Mindfulness Project, a program started by students to increase awareness and tools in coping with the growing mental health crisis facing college students), which gives access to unlimited weekly mindfulness classes throughout campus (HUB, Ethnic Cultural Center, Hutchinson Hall, Hillel, Intellectual House, Startup Hall located in Condon Hall, Electrical Engineering Building, and Hall Health), or through Mind/Body programming at the IMA (scroll below).

Not clear about the difference between our two programs? Click here to learn more.

*All mindfulness pass classes are open to faculty/staff for autumn quarter.

BoundAngleMind/Body at the IMA

“I like the price and the instructors. I am new to yoga but it makes my body feel so great, I love it!”

  • Student Options:
    • Purchase a class or workshop series for the quarter.
  • Faculty/Staff/Visiting Scholar Options:
    • Purchase a F/S IMA membership ($87.53) AND
    • Purchase a class series for the quarter.
  • To read our class descriptions/levels click here
  • To learn more about our instructors click here.

IH-RCresentMindfulness Pass on Central Campus

“Having yoga and meditation classes all around campus makes it so much easier to invest in my wellbeing!”

  • Student Options:
    • Student Mindfulness Pass (Quarterly) $25. The price of one drop-in yoga class at most local studios.
    • Student Mindfulness Pass (Autumn, Winter, Spring) $60 ($15 savings off quarterly). ONLY SOLD during first few weeks of AUTUMN Quarter.
    • Student Mindfulness Pass (Discounted) $12.50. Limited number of discounted quarterly passes (Deadline passed. Will return for Winter Quarter)
    • All passes provide access to unlimited weekly yoga and meditation classes offered on and around central campus (not at the IMA Building).
    • *If you are a Bothell or Tacoma student taking academic classes on the Seattle campus you will need to purchase an IMA membership ($58) to be able to purchase a mindfulness pass.
  • Faculty/Staff/Visiting Scholar Options:
    • Faculty/Staff Mindfulness Pass w/ IMA Access (Quarterly).
      • Access to weekly yoga and meditation classes offered on and around campus (not at the IMA Building).
      • Access to state of the art weight training and cardio equipment, pool, and a wide array of fitness classes.
      • Purchase an IMA membership at Member Services in the IMA ($87.53) AND
      • Purchase the Mindfulness Pass at the IMA or online ($50).
    • Faculty/Staff Mindfulness NO IMA Access (Quarterly) $90.
      • Access to weekly yoga and meditation classes offered on and around campus (not at the IMA Building).
    • *F/S prices look much higher, but keep in mind that students are paying quarterly SAF fees which go towards our ability to offer a reduced student pass. 
    • **Spouses,+1, Retired F/S are not eligible for any pass at this time.
  • To read our class descriptions/levels click here
  • To learn more about our instructors click here.

To purchase your Mindfulness Pass follow these simple steps:

  1. purchase the MINDFULNESS PASs  
  2. Click on the “Memberships Icon” and login using your UW NetID.
  3. Add “Student or Faculty/Staff Quarterly Mindfulness Pass” according to your eligibility to your cart and check out.

For specific building direction and room logistics view classes through our google calendar.
*Autumn 17 Schedule
**For up to date schedule changes, FAQ’s, or to post a question join our Facebook Group
***To cancel a class reservation send an email to IMAfit@uw.edu with your name, class name, and class date/time.

Hillel-BroadViewWorkshops & Special Events

“I loved how flexible it was, the community and kindness it brings, and how much more relaxed and focused I feel after class.”

ZEN DEN @ the HUB 340 (Thursday 12/7, 10am – 5pm)

Come and relax before final’s week at our Quarterly destress event. Meditate, do yoga, use coloring as a way to refocus, eat healthy snacks (kombucha, kale chips, high quality sweet treats) and so much more. Meditation 12-12:30pm, 12:45-1:15pm; Yoga 2-3pm; Deep Relaxation 4-5pm.

Intro to Meditation @ the IMA (8-week series date/time TBD)

A practice that strengthens mental attentiveness and facilitates the opportunity to step back, take inventory of the present moment, and make more skillful and empowered decisions for the sake of a more centered, peaceful, and enriched life.

During each week of this series you will learn:

  • New meditation techniques, apply the teachings, and garner tips and tools to implement a regular meditation practice.
  • Increase mental clarity, improve academic performance, and reduce stress.
  • Sleep better, decrease worry, and alleviate unnecessary anxiety.

*No prior experience with meditation required.

Intro to Mindfulness @ the IMA (8-week series date/time TBD)

Are you ready to increase your awareness, hone your focus, amplify your personal wellbeing and sharpen your mind? Join us as we explore scientifically researched mindfulness practices (adapted from MBSR) that will allow you to move through your day with greater intention, energy, and skill.

In this inquiry based, experiential series you will:

  • Understand how to utilize your body to better navigate anxiety/stress and live with greater balance and less reactivity.
  • Learn about the potentiality of your breath and how it can support nervous system integration and emotional regulation.
  • Dive into the inner workings of your mind to better understand your habitual patterns and make shifts towards greater positivity.
  • Explore your internal emotional landscape, gain more perspective, and employ compassion and kindness for yourself and others.
  • Discover and optimize the functionality of your brain through meditative practices that will increase attention, promote resiliency to stress, support sleep, decrease worry, and improve your social and emotional intelligence.

Yoga 101 @ the IMA (4-week series date/time TBD)

Are you newer to the practice of yoga and want to get started on the right foot? Invest in 4 weeks of knowledge building to ensure optimal alignment, deep connection to your breath, and get your questions answered around some of the basics.

In this practical, experiential series you will:

  • Get a deeper understanding of the importance of your breath and explore 3-part breathing and the ocean sounding breath (ujjayi).
  • Dive into clear alignment details of standing postures, downward dog, pigeon and commonly lead backbends.
  • Break down and explore various ways to flow through vinyasa (down dog to plank to low pushup, to up dog, to down dog) based on your own body anatomy.
  • Utilize props to make particular postures more accessible and easeful.
  • Lay the foundation of vital alignment to reduce injury and increase the longevity of your practice.

*Can be taken concurrently with a regular yoga class offering. 

Advanced Practice @ the IMA (4-week series date/time TBD)

Are you wanting to evolve your yoga practice to the next level? Invest in 4 weeks to explore more challenging postures, garner a whole new array of posture options to create more heat and get your questions answered around more complicated posture variations.

In this dynamic, experiential series you will:

  • Dive into structured alignment principles that will build more heat and support your body in more complicated postures.
  • Explore advanced standing poses, backbends, and arm balances.
  • Play with the beginning steps of headstand and handstand.
  • Learn various ways to intensify your vinyasa.
  • Have time to ask questions about how to take your practice further.

*Can be taken concurrently with a regular yoga class offering. 

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Program Partners

Non of our programing would be possible without the generous support of on-campus partners, local businesses, and national high quality food brands. Please support them!

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