Recreation

Acknowledgment

Mindfulness, yoga, and meditation techniques are ancient, spiritual practices, developed in South Asia over the last 5,000 years. We acknowledge the roots of these practices as we adapt them today, to support our awareness, well-being, health, and vitality.
We express gratitude to the vast teachings, skilled practitioners, and generous teachers who have shared their wisdom throughout the ages. We move forward with humility, as we continue to learn and grow in our use and understanding of theses sacred practices.

Welcome

A group of yoga participants kneels on their mats with their arms raised as their instructor does the same in front of them.Mindfulness is the ability to pay more attention, savor, and connect to the joy and challenge of the human experience. Through skillful guidance in our classes you will discover ways to nurture your body and mind and experience more moments of reflection, clarity, empowerment and connection in your daily lives.    
Physically, classes are crafted in varying intensities to encourage diverse spinal motion, release of stuck muscles, strength building, access to the parasympathetic nervous system, and overall well-being.
Mentally, classes are designed to increase attention span, amplify focus, build resiliency to stress, and promote compassion for self and others.
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, that reduce reactivity, support skillful decision making, and allow us to better navigate the stresses of college and beyond. 
We look forward to seeing you soon!


Rec Class Pass Workshops

Register for the Rec Class Pass

Meditation for Stress Reduction

Nutrition Building Blocks

(Not offered Spring ’22)

Prenatal Yoga

Yoga Basics


Additional Programs

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Yoga for Healing

(Spring class full)

Yoga Teacher Training

(The next training begins January ‘23)

FAQs

How do I attend weekly classes and workshops?

  1. Purchase the Rec Class Pass.
  2. Reserve your spot in a specific class (there will always be some drop-in spots but they are limited and not guaranteed).
  3. Go to class at the IMA, HUB, StartUp, or take a class virtually.

*All workshops require pre-registration via zoom before they start (you many not drop-in once they begin). Links are provided in your RCP purchase receipt.
**Yoga Basics is pre-recorded and can be taken at anytime.

What if I registered for a class but need to cancel my class reservation?

  • Login to our registration site here https://reg.recreation.uw.edu/.
  • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner, then “Profile”.
  • Click on “Programs” on the left.
  • Click “cancel” next to the class you would like to cancel your reservation in.

What do I bring to class?

  • Yoga mat (a non-toxic yoga mat is ideal, if you don’t own one we sell them at Member Services).
  • We do have props in most of our locations (mats, blocks, ties) that you can borrow and clean after (availability is not guaranteed).
  • Water bottle (to hydrate post practice).
  • Small washcloth to cover your eyes (will allow the brain to relax more during relaxation).
  • Light blanket/towel to cover your body or added layers (will increase rejuvenation during relaxation, especially if you cool quickly).

What should I wear?

  • Comfortable clothing that allow for ample movement and invite ease in a seated position.
  • Although yoga is practiced barefoot, socks are handy for the end of practice in order to stay warm.

What if I am late?

  • If you are a few minutes late to class please wait outside until the class has completed their centering (as to not disturb this process of arriving) and is in the warm up phase of the practice.
  • If you are running over 15 minutes late it is best to skip class to ensure your body remains safe.

What if I need to leave early?

  • Set up your mat near the door (if there are other students already setup explain to them you need to leave early and ask them to shift over).
  • Depart the class BEFORE the teacher guides everyone into the final resting posture (as to not disturb others while they are integrating their practice).

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 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.

Questions About Accessibility?

UW Recreation’s programs, operations, and facilities are intended to be inclusive and accessible. If at any time, you have a need or concern please contact us, we encourage everyone to participate in our department offerings. For accommodation requests connected to a disability or health condition contact us at (206) 543-4590 or at recinfo@uw.edu. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

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Insurance

UW Recreation does not provide accident or medical coverage for participants. It is recommended that participants obtain their own personal coverage. Students may obtain additional information on student accident/sickness insurance by contacting:  Insurance & Cost | Husky Health & Well-Being (uw.edu)

Contact Us

Mindfulness Team
206.685.7730
recmind@uw.edu

Member Services
206.543.4590
recinfo@uw.edu