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Mindful meditations and yoga

Meditation

Explore the many ways that mindfulness meditation can reduce and stress and enhance overall well-being. All students, faculty and staff (and community members) are welcome and no previous experience with meditation is necessary.


Yoga

Yoga has become increasingly popular in Western cultures as a means of exercise and fitness training. Despite its “trendy” appeal, empirical research has been ongoing for several decades. Research has demonstrated that the practice of Hatha Yoga can improve strength and flexibility, and may help control such physiological variables as blood pressure, respiration and heart rate, and metabolic rate to improve overall exercise capacity.

Therefore, people who experience musculoskeletal problems and cardiopulmonary disease could benefit from a regular practice of yoga. Recent studies conducted with cancer patients and survivors yielded improvements in sleep quality, mood, stress, cancer-related distress, cancer-related symptoms, and overall quality of life. Studies conducted in other patient populations and healthy individuals have shown beneficial effects on psychological and somatic symptoms,as well as other aspects of physical function.

(James A. Raub. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. December 1, 2002, 8(6): 797-812.  Bower, Woolery, Sternlieb, & Garet. Cancer Control. July 2005 12(3).)


"Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. It is also a way of learning to be centered in action so that you always have the clearest perspective
on what's happening and are therefore able to respond most appropriately."
Erich Shiffmann

Reviewed June 10, 2016.