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VIRTUAL MINDFULNESS

A photo of mindfulness manager Danny Arguetty.

Danny Arguetty

Join us for a virtual yoga or meditation class! Just click the link below to register through Zoom and you will receive further class details. Mindfulness manager Danny Arguetty will guide you through these energizing and relaxing classes designed to do at home.

Danny is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500, a yoga trainer, wellness educator, and lover of the environment. He has guided workshops throughout the United States, led basic and advanced yoga trainings in the U.S. and India, and has spoken on mindfulness and wellness at Facebook Seattle, Olson Kundig and Gravity Payments, as well as the University of Washington Foster School of Business, School of Medicine, School of Social Work, and The Whole U. He was adjunct faculty at Williams College, guides a quarterly General Studies course on Mindfulness Practices at UW, and is a former faculty member of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

 


WEEKLY LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE

Classes run through the week of June 5th, check this page by Wed/Thurs. of each week for the following week’s schedule. Zoom meetings are scheduled five minutes before the start of each class.

Classes are FREE and open to all UW students, employees, family, friends, and anyone else who needs support during this time; all start times are in Pacific Time. Click on class title to pre-register; scroll down for detailed class descriptions. All classes will be taught by Danny Arguetty, mindfulness manager.

For yoga classes:

  • If you don’t have a yoga mat use a towel or practice on a carpet.
  • While not required, if you have yoga props such as a block, bolster or strap, feel free to use them for your practice. If you don’t have props while you’re practicing, two steady books are great for hamstring support. A blanket, pillow, or towel are great to sit up on for lower back support, while a tie or belt can help with shoulder and leg stretches. A small washcloth or article of clothing can help with knee support and protection as well as to use to cover your eyes during relaxation.
  • All classes except Vinyasa (which is a bit more dynamic/intermediate) are beginner-friendly and suitable for all levels.

Monday, April 6:
8 a.m. FLOW YOGA  (60 min.)

Tuesday, April 7:
7:45 a.m. VINYASA YOGA  (60 min.)

Tuesday, April 7:
12:45 p.m. MEDITATION  (30 min.)

Wednesday, April 8:
12 p.m. VINYASA YOGA  (60 min.)

Thursday, April 9:
12 p.m. DEEP STRETCH  (60 min.)

Friday, April 10:
12 p.m. GENTLE YOGA (60 min.)


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Deep Stretch

A slower practice focused on the active stretching of muscles and opening of connective tissue.

  • This class utilizes simple spinal motion, quick warming of larger muscle groups, and use of props to enhance the stretching experience and provide overall rejuvenation.
  • Benefits: release built up tension, prevent injury, increase blood flow to muscles, and increase long-term flexibility.
  • No prior experience with yoga required.

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.
  • Benefits: reduce stress, strengthen awareness, prevent cartilage and joint breakdown, and cultivate a more mindful relationship to breath.
  • No prior experience with yoga required.

Flow Yoga

A medium-paced 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.
  • Benefits: cultivate physical strength, reduce stress, increase brain functionality, and improve spinal health.
  • No prior experience with yoga required. 

Vinyasa Yoga

A more dynamic heat-building practice that synchronizes movement with breath.

  • This class utilizes progressive and creative sequencing to build toward a peak pose that enlivens your body, mind, and heart.
  • Benefits: cultivate physical strength, cardiovascular health, mindful awareness, and a greater sense of overall wellbeing.
  • Some experience with yoga recommended.   

Meditation

A practice that strengthens mental attentiveness and facilitates the opportunity to step back, take inventory of the present moment, and make skillful and empowered decisions for the sake of a more centered, peaceful, and enriched life.

  • Benefits: increase mental clarity, improve productivity, reduce stress, and gain a more expanded conscious perspective.
  • No prior experience with meditation required.

Deep Relaxation

A guided relaxation that allows you to fully let go, ease muscle tension, and restore the nervous system.

  • It is okay and welcome if you fall asleep and take a nap during this class.
  • No prior experience with yoga or meditation required.

*Keep in mind:

Your health and well-being are important to us at UW Recreation. The purpose of this disclaimer and notice is to make you conscious of the potential risks connected with any exercise, physical fitness, or training program, to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not you should participate in these types of activities. UW Recreation recommends that you obtain a comprehensive physical examination and consult with a licensed physician before beginning this or any exercise program. When participating in this exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release UW Recreation from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising from the use of these video or livestream productions.


RECORDED CLASS LIBRARY

Our recorded content is currently available only to those with a UWNetID; this may change in the future.

All classes are 60 minutes except for Meditation and Deep Relaxation (25 – 30 min.)


ADDITIONAL ONLINE FITNESS, YOGA, & MEDITATION PROGRAMMING

The Whole U

People of Color Meditation Group


SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

FREE and open to all UW students, employees, family, friends, and anyone else who needs support during this time; all start times are in Pacific Time.

Yoga for Healing

Six-week series, Fridays, from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., 4/10 – 5/29, ONLINE via Zoom

A class that supports students in regaining empowerment, cultivating a sense of wholeness, and inner resilience.

Through movement and sharing you will work towards a sense of comfort within your physical body as you non-verbally process thoughts, feelings, and sensations that show up.

This class is for anyone navigating the effects of:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Disordered eating
  • Deep depression
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence

Please fill out this short interest form on Google (required and confidential) to apply. Spots are limited. Registration info will be send via email.


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Meditation for Stress-Free Living

Six-week series, Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., 4/13 – 5/18ONLINE via Zoom

Register HERE

A practice that strengthens mental attentiveness and facilitates the opportunity to step back, take inventory of the present moment, and make skillful and empowered decisions for the sake of a more centered, peaceful, and enriched life.

During each week of this series you will:

  • Learn new meditation techniques, apply the teachings, and garner tips and tools to implement a regular meditation practice.
  • Increase mental clarity, improve academic performance, and reduce stress.
  • Sleep better, decrease worry, and alleviate unnecessary anxiety.

*No prior experience with meditation required.  


ButternutNutrition Building Blocks (Two sections)

Four-week series, Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Session A: 4/14 – 5/5 & Session B: 5/12 – 6/2, ONLINE via Zoom

Register HERE (session A)
Register HERE (session B)

Invest four weeks to learn a flexible approach to nutrition which honors dietary preferences, aligns with nature’s intelligence, and which will equip you with the tools to make simple, nutrient dense, and affordable meals.

In this empowering workshop series you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals (hydration, sleep, natural light, social connection, digestion, etc.) which are key to physical and mental health.
  • Find out how to make easy, affordable, high-quality breakfast bowls and smoothies.
  • Learn how to cook tasty soups which can be utilized as a hearty lunch or dinner.
  • Explore ways to integrate more nutrient dense foods into your diet to optimize your vitamin and mineral intake, even on a budget.
  • Take time to meal plan and set yourself up for success even when you are super-busy.

Yoga Basics (Two sections)

Four-week series, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Session A: 4/15 – 5/6 & Session B: 5/13 – 6/3, ONLINE via Zoom

Register HERE (session A)
Register HERE (session B)

Invest in four weeks of knowledge building to gain knowledge on alignment, a deeper understanding of yogic breathing techniques, and an opportunity to ask any and all questions related to yoga.

In this practical, experiential series you will:

  • Get a deeper understanding of the importance of your breath and explore three-part breathing and the “ocean sounding breath.”
  • Dive into clear alignment details of standing postures, poses such as downward dog and pigeon, and commonly lead backbends.
  • Break down and explore various ways to flow through Vinyasa (down dog to plank to low pushup, to up dog/cobra, to down dog) based on your own body anatomy.
  • Utilize props to make particular postures more accessible and easeful.
  • Lay the foundation of vital alignment to reduce injury and increase the longevity of your practice.

Summer Yoga Teacher Training Program

(Click here to learn more)

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