|Mind/Body Classes||Instructor Contact Information|
Qi Zhai Metzler
|Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation||
The DAPER Fitness Department is happy to introduce fitness classes/workshops that will come to you, whether it’s your department office, residential housing space, or sport’s team practice. In addition to fitness classes, DAPER also provides nutrition workshops and chair massages!
Workshops and series are facilitated by professionally trained and certified instructors.
*Customized workshops are available; please contact preferred instructor to discuss.
Taught as a four week, 75 minute class by a trained and certified Koru teacher. Koru is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students and other young adults. No experience necessary.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by Ashley Norwood
This 8-week program teaches participants how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. The program includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, group dialogue and daily home assignments. Research indicates that mindfulness practices can be highly effective in a wide variety of ways including lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, and improved self-esteem. Participants learn how to decrease stress by applying mindfulness to everyday life!
Mind the Moment at MIT is designed to provide MIT staff and faculty with tools to better manage stress and increase personal resilience through mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Departments and labs may request specially designed four-, six-, or eight-week mindfulness programs to be held on site for staff.
Free Your Mind: Learn Mindfulness Skills for Less Stress and More Joy in Work and Life led by Jennifer Earls
Ever feel like there's just not enough time? Like it's hard to focus with everything that needs to get done? And you're anxious or stressed? It doesn't need to be this way! Come explore different mindfulness skills, including deep breathing and the guided body scan, that you can use anywhere, anytime to calm and focus your mind in a rejuvenating way. Together we'll practice the mindfulness tools that will give you less stress, greater inner freedom, and more presence and joy in each moment at work and beyond!
The Mindful Way to Live Your Purpose at Work led by Jennifer Earls
Reconnect to who you are and WHY you do what you do. Use tools like mindfulness, reflective writing, and partner activities to experience yourself and your purpose in a fresh way. Explore your creative possibilities and leave feeling energized to live and work in a more meaningful way.
Mindfulness and the Power of Positive Emotions led by Ashley Norwood
"Mindfulness" and "positive emotions" are buzz words in our culture today with entire fields of scientific research to back up their many physical and psychological benefits. But reading and hearing about these practices is very different than experiencing them first hand. This workshop combines useful information and interactive exercises to teach participants how to integrate mindfulness and positive emotions into their everyday lives!
Tools for Managing Stress led by Ashley Norwood
With day-to-day stress and anxiety on the rise, both students and employees benefit from understanding the very human cycle of stress reactivity. In this workshop, participants learn a variety of techniques that help them better manage their stress and begin to break free from problematic and repetitive habits of mind.
Mindfulness for Weight Loss led by Ashley Norwood
Neuroscientists have discovered why dieting doesn’t usually work and can actually do more harm than good. There is growing consensus that mindful eating is the cornerstone to sustainable weight loss. In this workshop, participants learn a variety of mindful techniques that can help them change their relationship to food and create lasting physical and mental good health.
Yoga & Mindfulness for Stress Reduction led by Ashley Norwood
“Yogah cittavrtti nirodhah” means that yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. In this workshop, Ashley uses a combination of yoga asana (basic beginner poses and gentle stretching) and mindfulness meditation - to give participants an experiential understanding of how yoga and mindfulness can profoundly relieve stress. By learning how to anchor your attention in your present moment experience, you build inner resiliency and change your experience of life’s day-to-day difficulties.
Change for Good: Creating the Healthy Life You Want (Group Health Coaching) led by Ashley Norwood
In this 6-week program, participants bring their own agenda and work on whatever goals they choose (e.g. better sleep, weight loss, becoming more active, increasing energy/focus, getting organized). The class provides opportunities for reflection and teaches how to how to break down goals into realistic, incremental weekly experiments. Ashley provides the tools, structure, and guidance and the group provides accountability and support. Each class incorporates evidence-based tools to support the process of change (mindfulness practices, journal writing exercises, goal setting and coaching psychology). Ashley teaches participants that they CAN take charge of their own wellbeing!
Contact our trained facilitators to learn more about workshops/series:
Jennifer leads mindfulness workshops for staff, faculty, and students in areas of stress reduction and improving focus and happiness in work, school, and life. Jennifer also offers mindfulness workshops for reconnecting to purpose - why you do what you do - to re-energize your motivation and creativity in life and work.
Ashley Norwood is a certified Wellness Coach, a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Practitioner, and Yoga teacher. Ashley leads MBSR courses, group health and wellness coaching workshops and yoga classes for Harvard University, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, MIT Medical, and Mount Auburn Hospital. By creating a supportive structure, accountability and giving expert advice she helps people bridge the gap between what they know they should be doing and doing it consistently.