Recreational Sports Programs

Mindfulness Pass (Upper Campus)

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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.”

                                                                                             – Mindfulness Pass Student Participant

UW Recreation offers mindfulness classes 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 accessible to everyone regardless of yoga/meditation experience, flexibility, or current fitness level.

Get your fix of mindfulness either through our Mindfulness Pass, which gives access to unlimited* weekly mindfulness classes throughout campus (HUB, Ethnic Cultural Center [ECC], Hutchinson Hall, Hillel, Intellectual House, Startup Hall, and CoMotion Headquarters at 4545 Roosevelt), or through Mind/Body programming at the IMA  (check the online course catalog for more information).

*Only HUB classes are available to faculty/staff via the faculty/staff mindfulness pass

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“I used to get a lot of test anxiety, my heart rate would go up and I woul get so stressed I couldn’t really think. Now I know I can stop, close my eyes and breathe.”

                                                                                                   – Mindfulness Pass Student Participant

Gentle Yoga: A slower practice focused on conscious breathing and basic postures to support a state of relaxation. This class employs fluid warming motions focused on the six movements of the spine and builds a little heat utilizing shorter posture holds. Reduce stress, strengthen awareness, prevent cartilage and joint breakdown, and cultivate a more mindful relationship to breath. No prior experience with yoga required.

Flow: A medium pace practice that weaves together synchronized movement and breath with longer posture holds. This class emphasizes basic alignment principles and creative sequencing to foster greater mental clarity and awareness. Cultivate physical strength, reduce stress, increase brain functionality, and improve spinal health. No prior experience with yoga required.  

Vinyasa Flow: A more dynamic heat building practice that synchronizes movement with breath. This class utilizes progressive and creative sequencing to build towards a peak pose that enlivens your body, mind, and heart. Cultivate physical strength, cardiovascular health, mindful awareness, and a greater sense of overall wellbeing. Some experience with yoga recommended.

Yin/Yang Balance: A mindful mix of dynamic Vinyasa Flow (Yang) followed by a slower, integrative, practice featuring nourishing postures held for a longer period of time (Yin). Some experience with yoga recommended.

Restorative Yoga: A slow practice that allows the body to spend ample time in each integrative posture. This class utilizes a brief sequence of spinal warmups and breath connection to pave the way for deep relaxation. Restore a state of greater calm, reduce muscle tension, increase immunity, and ease mental anxiety. No prior experience with yoga required.

Meditation: A practice that strengthens mental attentiveness and facilitates the ability 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. This class utilizes comfortable sitting techniques, brief spinal warm ups, and various meditation focal points that provide a strong foundation for greater awareness. Increase mental clarity, improve productivity, reduce stress, and gain a more expanded conscious perspective. No prior experience with meditation required.

*Take note that some classes have a built-in or optional meditation component, please check class schedule for further details.

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

                                                                                                    – Mindfulness Pass Student Participant

UW Recreation’s Mindfulness Pass is $20 per quarter for students (the price of one drop-in yoga class at most local studios) and $40 per quarter for faculty/staff (*at this time the faculty/staff pass only provides access to meditation classes and several yoga classes offered at the HUB, spouses are not eligible for the f/s pass). The student pass gives you access to unlimited weekly yoga and meditation classes offered on and around campus (not at the IMA Building). Class registration opens one week prior and closes 15 minutes before class begins. While it is always best to register in advance, most classes have several drop-in spaces available.

To purchase your Mindfulness Pass follow these simple steps:

  1. Follow this link: Mindfulness Pass
  2. Click on the “Memberships” tab at the top
  3. Add “Student or Faculty/Staff Quarterly Mindfulness Pass” according to your eligibility to your cart and check out
  4. Follow the link below to register for classes each week

Register Here

*Download the Spring 2017 Mindfulness Pass schedule
**Only HUB classes are available to faculty/staff via the faculty/staff mindfulness pass
***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.

SmileSeries, Workshops & Special Events (Spring Quarter)

Introduction to Meditation, Mon or Wed 5:30-6:30pm @ the IMA

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 learn new meditation techniques, apply the teachings, and garner tips and tools to implement a regular meditation practice. Increase mental clarity, improve productivity, reduce stress, and gain a more expanded conscious perspective. No prior experience with meditation required.

FREE Yoga, Tuesday April 4th, 6:30-7:45pm @ Intellectual House

Join us for a FREE Yoga Extravaganza to get a taste of all things mindfulness. Come destress, move your body, enhance your mental focus and enjoy free healthy goodies.

Bring a yoga mat (although we’ll have a few extra if you don’t have one yet), water bottle, and an open mind! Intellectual House is located at 4249 Whitman Ct, 98105.

Register Here

CorpseDonations to Mindfulness

With 64% of college students dropping out due to mental health issues UW Recreation’s Mindfulness Pass empowers students to cultivate habits which increase resiliency to stress, improve attention and focus, elevate mood and enhance overall learning. By donating to our Gift Fund you allow us to offer passes at a reduced price or for free to students who need additional financial assistance.

Your gift may be tax-deductible, as charitable contributions, for federal tax purposes as allowed by IRS regulations. The UW Foundation’s Federal Tax ID is 94-3079432.

You may also choose to have your employer match your gift. Information for Matching Gifts with the University can be found here.

For further information, please contact the Mindfulness Program Coordinator.

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  • What Mindfulness Programs are being offered at UW?
    • In the summer of 2016, the Mindfulness Project at UW (UWMP) combined with the UW Recreation to further bolster mindfulness programming for students on campus.
    • Get your fix of mindfulness either through our Mindfulness Pass, which gives access to unlimited** weekly mindfulness classes throughout campus (HUB, Ethnic Cultural Center [ECC], Hutchinson Hall, Hillel, Intellectual House, Startup Hall, Fluke Hall, and 4545 Roosevelt), or through Mind/Body programming at the IMA  (check the online course catalog for more information).
  • What do I bring to class?
    • Yoga mat (a non-toxic yoga mat is ideal and we will be selling them soon).
    • Small washcloth to cover your eyes (will allow the brain to relax more during relaxation).
    • Light blanket to cover your body (will increase rejuvenation during relaxation, especially if you cool quickly).
    • Water bottle (to hydrate post practice).
  • What should I wear?
    • Wear comfortable clothing that allow for ample movement and invite ease in seated meditation.
    • Although Yoga is practiced barefoot socks are handy for the end of practice in order to stay warm.
  • How should I prepare? Anything else I should be mindful of?
    • Avoid eating a large meal about 1.5-2 hours before practice.
    • If you are working with a recent injury please mention it to your instructor.
    • Please do not wear heavily scented colognes, perfumes, or lotions as they can be overwhelming and interfere with deep breathing during class.
  • What if I registered but need to cancel my class reservation?
    • Send an email to IMAfit@uw.edu with your name, class name, and class date/time.
  • Is the Mindfulness Project at UW (UWMP) part of UW Recreation?
    • Yes, and No. Yes, because UWMP needed to find a home department on campus with the back-end infrastructure to support its robust offerings. In 2016-2017, UWMP transitioned from being a RSO to being a campus unit when it was awarded SAF allocations to offer mindfulness programming to UW students. Part of SAF’s stipulations for this funding was that UWMP find a permanent department to be housed in, and that department was UW Recreation.
    • No, because the Mindfulness Project at UW (UWMP) was completely student-named and student-driven. UW Recreation wants to honor the work that students have done and the work students may want to continue to do as an RSO moving forward. UW Recreation will not call its offerings “UWMP” but will instead continue to work with UWMP and the campus community to help shape mindfulness programming for students.
  • How can I get involved? Are there employment opportunities working for UW Recreation doing mindfulness work?
    • UW Recreation is working with students to shape the our mindfulness programming. Check the Employment Opportunities page for updated listings.
    • The UWMP RSO is a student run community on campus that is always open to new members. More info on their Facebook page.

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