Recreational Sports Programs

Mindfulness Info

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Introduction to Meditation

The contemplative practice of meditation has scientifically proven benefits for your body and mind, as well as the way you interact with and impact the world around you. During each week of this course, you will learn and practice a new method of meditation. The goal is to establish a regular meditation practice that works for you – a practical tool for a centered, peaceful and enriching life.

Check back on September 19 to view Recreational Sports Programs Introduction to Meditation class offerings for Fall 2016.

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 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Recreational Sports Programs will not be offering a MBSR class Fall 2016. Please check back in future quarters.

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Mindfulness FAQ’s

    1. Is the Mindfulness Project part of the Recreational Sports Programs (RSP) Department now? 
      Yes, and the details are currently being worked out, including staffing, scheduling space, and quarterly offerings, so it may look different as this process evolves. When the Mindfulness Project was awarded Services and Activities Fee (SAF) allocations for 2016-2017 one of the requirements was that the Mindfulness Project would find a new home (language from SAF allocation: This program is currently housed within the Counseling Center, and the Committee enjoins the Counseling Center and Mindfulness Project leadership to find a more permanent solution). Luckily, RSP had just announced its desire to expand its current Mind/Body offerings including mindfulness programming and welcomed the chance to work closely with students to help shape mindfulness programming within RSP.
    2. Are RSP’s mindfulness offerings the same thing as the Mindfulness Project? 
      No, but RSP would love to work closely with the students involved in the Mindfulness Project to help shape the future of mindfulness programming within RSP. RSP is currently working with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to help inform the RSP mindfulness offerings.
    3. Will there still be mindfulness events/programs for Fall 2016? 
      Yes, we currently have two programs scheduled for Fall and are continuing to add more. On Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 pm we’ll be kicking the fall quarter off by hosting a Glow-ga class (glow in the dark yoga). Participants should bring their own yoga mat and come prepared to have a colorful experience with an upbeat instructor, motivating music, and glow sticks galore! In addition to this special event class and RSP’s regular Mind/Body quarterly classes, we’ll also be offering a new Acro Yoga class on Sunday nights in the IMA (time to be determined). RSP staff would love to work with students to help shape more offerings. Please check back here in late September or early October for more information.
    4. Will yoga and meditation courses be offered for Fall 2016? 
      RSP is still working to coordinate time and space during this transitional period. Fall offerings may look different than last year’s during this transition. Please check back here in late September or early October for more information.
    5. How can I get involved? 
      RSP would love to hear from you. We will be holding two open sessions for currently enrolled UW students on what mindfulness means to you and what programming you would like to see in the future. The dates are Tuesday, September 27 from noon-1:00 pm in the IMA Lounge and Wednesday, September 28 from noon-1:00 pm in the IMA Lounge.
    6. Are there employment opportunities working for RSP doing mindfulness work? 
      Yes, there will be. RSP will be working with students to shape the type of programming we offer and student positions will be crafted to accomplish those goals as needed. We may also need to hire additional Yoga and Meditation Instructors to meet the demand for ongoing classes. Continue to check the Employment Opportunities page for updated listings. If you have specific employment questions please contact Jessica Norman, Fitness Coordinator, at jlnorman@uw.edu.
    7. My question isn’t answered here. Where do I go now?  
      Please contact Jessica Norman, Fitness Coordinator, at jlnorman@uw.edu, as she will be the main point of contact as RSP works through this transitional period.