Recreational Sports Programs (RSP) 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. Furthermore, 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. Moreover, 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 mindfulness 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], Hillel, Intellectual House, Startup Hall, Fluke Hall, and CoMotion Headquarters at 4545 Roosevelt), or through Mind/Body programming at the IMA (check the online course catalog for more information).
Gentle Yoga: A slower practice focused on conscious breathing and basic postures to support a state of relaxation. This class utilizes fluid warming motions focused on the six movements of the spine and builds a little heat with 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 dynamic more vigorous 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 followed by a slower, integrative, Restorative practice. Some experience with yoga recommended.
Restorative Yoga: A slow practice that allows the body to spend ample time in one integrative posture at a time. 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 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. This class utilizes comfortable sitting techniques, brief spinal warm ups, and various meditation focal points that provide a strong foundation to 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.
Mindfulness Pass Info
RSP’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 one yoga class offered mid-day at the HUB). 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:
- Follow this link: Mindfulness Pass
- Click on the “Memberships” tab at the top
- Add “Student or Faculty/Staff Quarterly Mindfulness Pass” according to your eligibility to your cart and check out
- Follow the link below to register for classes each week
*Download the Winter 2017 Mindfulness Pass schedule
**Only HUB classes are available to faculty/staff via the faculty/staff mindfulness pass
Introduction to Meditation
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. @ the IMA.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
MBSR is a research-based, integrated, mind-body medicine program designed to explore formal and informal mindfulness techniques. These tools provide access to internal resources that aid in sustained focus, emotional regulation, and a greater ability to navigate anxiety/stress and live with greater balance and less reactivity. The program designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society has been clinically studied, showing brain growth and improved function in areas of emotional control and executive function in as little as eight weeks. Learn more about MBSR here. @ the IMA.
FREE Yoga & Meditation Extravaganza, Tues. Jan. 10th 6:30pm
Join us for a FREE Yoga and Meditation class to get a taste all things mindfulness. Bring a mat, open mind, and a desire to move your body. @ Hillel
ZEN Den, During Finals Week
Take a break from studying with us in the Zen Den! Come enjoy tea and snacks, yoga mats, a meditation corner, coloring books, and so much more. Come and utilize this calming space to counter this typically stressful time of the quarter. Stop by! @TBA
- What Mindfulness Programs are being offered at UW?
- In the summer of 2016, the Mindfulness Project at UW (UWMP) combined with the Recreational Sports Programs department 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], 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).
- 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.
- Is the Mindfulness Project at UW (UWMP) part of the Recreational Sports Programs (RSP) Department?
- 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 Recreational Sports Programs (RSP).
- No, because the Mindfulness Project at UW (UWMP) was completely student-named and student-driven. RSP wants to honor the work that students have done and the work students may want to continue to do as an RSO moving forward. RSP 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 RSP doing mindfulness work?
- I have more general or employment questions. Where do I go now?
- Please contact Jessica Norman, Fitness Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.