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Stress reduction

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Meditation

What is Stress Reduction Meditation?
Stress Reduction Meditation is a FREE, 30-minute (generally 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.) guided meditation. Sessions occur each week during the regular school year.

Who takes Stress Reduction Meditation?
All students, faculty, staff, and their families are welcome. No previous experience with meditation is necessary.

Where can I find Stress Reduction Meditation on my campus?
Visit your campus class page for up-to-date information: Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, or St. Louis.

Who teaches Stress Reduction Meditation?
Trained facilitators lead Stress Reduction Meditation sessions.

What fees are involved?
This program is free of charge. There is no need to register; you can simply attend a session. For more information, contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. at RossyL@umsystem.edu.

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?
MBSR is designed to help change your relationship with stress and begin to live a more conscious life in order to make choices and engage in behaviors that increase your vitality, effectiveness, and happiness. The eight-week program includes weekly two-hour classes plus a full day retreat. Classes include instruction in formal mindfulness practices (meditation, body scan, mindful yoga, and walking meditation). Weekly practice assignments to do at home help develop mindfulness skills and help take mindfulness into everyday life. Regular class attendance and a commitment of 30 to 45 minutes of practice per day for the entire duration of the course are required. CDs of the body scan, sitting meditation, and yoga session--plus a manual--will be provided. Since its inception, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program has been used with groups around the world as diverse as corporate employees, CEOs, educators, students (grade school through college), attorneys, prison inmates, health care professionals, and Olympic and professional athletes--including the world champion Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers basketball teams.

Who enrolls in MBSR?
Any faculty, staff, or family member who would like to respond with more skill and creativity to life's stresses. Participants commit to regular practice and class attendance.

How often is it offered?
MBSR is generally offered three times per year--in the fall, winter, and summer. The following classes are currently being offered:

Register now for fall courses

Columbia

Orientation: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

8 weeks of class: Wednesdays, September 30 through November 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Full day retreat: Saturday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., at RossyL@umsystem.edu

Cost: $40 for faculty, staff, or retiree in the UM System, and spouse/partner. $20 rebate with attendance of 7 of the 8 classes. If you attend with your spouse/partner, you pay only $40 for both of you.

Registration: http://www.regonline.com/mbsrfall2015

Rolla

Orientation: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

8 weeks of class: Tuesdays, September 29 through November 17, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Full day retreat: Saturday, October 31, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Maureen Hall at mhall@inspirationcenter.net

Cost: $40 faculty, staff, or retiree in the UM System, and spouse/partner. $20 rebate with attendance of 7 of the 8 classes. If you attend with your spouse/partner, you pay only $40 for both of you.

Registration: http://www.regonline.com/mbsrfall2015MST

 

Who teaches MBSR?
Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., health psychologist for Healthy for Life, teaches most of the classes and other teachers participate as needed.

 

What fees are involved?
There is a $40 materials fee for all enrollees who are UM System faculty, staff, or family members. Those who attend all but one class will receive a $20 refund. To enroll or for more information, contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. at RossyL@umsystem.edu.

For more information
Visit the MBSR Classes webpage.

 

Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi Qigong (pronounced “tie jee chee kung”) practice is a blending of meditation, breathing, and slow fluid movements all incorporated into a 30-minute set with an emphasis on the breathing. This practice is suitable for people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels. The movements can easily be modified to accommodate an individual’s physical/medical conditions. Tai Chi Qigong is good for improving balance, flexibility, lung function, and muscle strength in addition to being a wonderful relaxation technique. The instructor guides participants through the practice with both verbal and visual cues.

How do I participate?
Participation is on a drop-in basis and new members are welcome at any time throughout the year.  No previous experience or special clothing is needed.  At any given time, classes may or may not be available on your campus, depending on instructor availability. Please check dates and times on campus class lists: Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, or St. Louis.

 

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Reviewed July 17, 2015.