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Wellness Speakers, Fitness, Sports Teams & Health Classes

This is going to be the Spring/Summer of Wellness for Postdocs!
We have a host of wellness programs, events, and classes in the pipeline for postdocs between now and the end of August. 
1000+ Postdoc Party to Relax and Have Fun? Check!
Drop-in Yoga outdoors? Check!    Managing Time/Stress? Check!
Avoiding Burnout? Check!    Sleeping Better? Check! 
Improving Mindfulness? Check!    Building Resilience? Check!
Become a better, happier, healthier, more productive you with postdoc wellness programs. 


Postdoc Yoga
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Locations Vary
Actively de-stress in our ongoing, drop-in free yoga class for postdocs.
Locations vary – check here for a schedule or sign up for emails here for yoga-related updates/changes.


Partner Programs Open to Postdocs

Meditation for All
Tuesdays, 5-6pm, CIRCLE Sanctuary, Old Union
We will begin with a few minutes of settling and discussing the practice. We will then sit for twenty minutes, with gentle guidance for less experienced practitioners. Click here for more info and exact dates.

Evening Meditation for Students and Postdocs at Windhover
Thursdays, Oct 6 – Dec 8, 8-9pm, Windhover
These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to offer students basic meditation skill, to encourage regular meditation practice, to help deepen your ability to self-reflect in meditation, and to offer instructions on how meditation can be useful during stressful moments. The first five sessions will be led by trained instructors, Rebecca Nie and Grace Schireson. The last four sessions will allow you to experience meditation in community with other students and without a facilitator. Click here for more info and exact dates.

Noontime Meditation for Staff and Faculty at Windhover
Fridays, Oct 14-Nov 18, 12-1pm, Windhover
Enjoy introduction to meditation sessions for faculty and staff in Windhover. The first three sessions of the noontime series will be guided by instructor, Tia Rich. You will experience various ways to meditate. The focus on direct experience will help you to begin and continue meditating. Sessions will include a range of practices beginning with breath-based and body-based mindfulness meditations and continue with walking meditation, visualization and sound-based meditations, and culminate in practice of self-compassion and compassion meditations. In the last three sessions, you are invited to experience meditation in community with other attendees and without a facilitator. If you are not free to attend all of the sessions, you are welcome to attend the sessions independently. No pre-registration is required. Click here for more info and exact dates.

Om Under the Dome Yoga in Memorial Church
Tuesday, Oct 25, Nov 8, and Dec 13, 5:30-7pm in Memorial Church
Bring your yoga mat and enjoy a relaxing yoga session in the gorgeous Memorial Church. Once a month on Tuesdays, no registration required. Click here for more info.

Walk the Labyrinth in Memorial Church
Every Friday, 8am-1pm, in Memorial Church
Enter the labyrinth and discover that walking in circles can actually put direction back in your life – that the rhythm and simplicity of following a clear path can quiet your mind, help you find balance, facilitate meditation, insight and celebration. Discover how truly liberated your mind and spirit can be! All are welcome. Click here for more info.

Mindful Meditation and Yoga Wisdom with Bhakti Yoga Club
Every other Thursday, 7pm, at 140 Comstock Circle
Stanford Bhakti Yoga Club invites you to “Mindful Thursdays” - a series of sessions for Fall Quarter - to be more mindful rather with a full mind. Click here for exact dates and more info.


Past Speakers:

Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
with Sarah Meyer, MA

We can't always change our circumstances,but we can change the way we relate to them. By practicing curious, gentle, and precise attention to the present moment we literally re-­wire our brains and enable ourselves to live with high function, low stress, and open hearts. In this workshop we will discuss current research around these ideas and utilize practical, accessible, universal skills to develop mindfulness in everyday life."

Sarah completed her graduate degree in Counseling and Health Psychology from Santa Clara University where she specialized in stress and mindfulness. She is a BeWell Advisor, teaches Mindfulness-­‐Based Stress Reduction for the HIP and has worked in university settings as an educator, counselor, and coach for the last twelve years.

"Stress Free for Good"
Instructor: Fred Luskin, PhD, author of "Forgive for Good"

Briefly review the research that shows a strong relationship between stress, happiness and health. Understand the mind/body link in the causes of  stress and stress management. Explore the prevailing definition of stress and how the mind and body are both implicated. Experience  moments of guided practice in stress management and walk away with tips for using these techniques on a regular basis.  

Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., is the Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects as well as a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford. He is the author of three best selling books: Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love as well as Stress Free for Good.   He delivers workshops and seminars  throughout  the United States on forgiveness, emotional intelligence, stress management and happiness and is now doing the same for Be Well here at Stanford.

Unwind and Thrive Workshop
Instructor: Tia Rich, PhD

Unwind the tension that accumulates from stress. Thrive with practical relaxation techniques. Experience rejuvenation through breathing and returning to your senses. Learn the neuroscience of why and how these “unwind skills” work to restore balance to your mind and body.

Dr. Rich is a psychotherapist and mindful yoga instructor.  She has been integrating mindfulness, compassion and meditation into stress management programs at the university and medical center since 1984. Dr. Rich did her dissertation on the effects of stress on 1,000 Stanford employees and proceeded to develop a program to address what was identified from the research. The program is offered through and is called C.A.R.E.S. which focuses on Compassion, Awareness and Relationship Skills to Ease Stress.

Sleep Health for Postdocs with Dr. Rachel Manber
Instructor: Dr. Rachel Manber, Director of the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program 

Time Management 
Instructor: Dr. Aneel Chima, co-founder of the Stanford WellnessEd Program

Instructor: Dr. Britney Blair, Stanford Sleep Medicine Center

Instructor: Sarah Meyer, Stanford BeWell Advisor

Cultivating Resilience Through Change
Instructor: Patty McLucas, BreathingRoom

Work-Life Integration BBL with the WorkLife Office
In today’s world, the lines between our “work” and our “lives” are increasingly blurred. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the many demands on your time, you are not alone.
This workshop will help you identify tangible steps in order to feel more creative and productive in the different dimensions of your life. Self-reflection and goal setting exercises will give you insights to thrive in the midst of increased expectations. Designed to engage small groups in thoughtfully addressing work-life challenges, this workshop will encourage you to re-frame how you live and work.


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