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.
Acro Yoga: A partner-based practice that blends aspects of circus, gymnastics, and yoga into a fun movement experience. Spotting will be taught to support postures and all poses and transitions will be spotted. No prior experience with yoga or acroyoga 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.
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
Yoga Instructor Bios (coming soon)