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Three Ways to Practice Mindfulness in the New Year

Improve personal quality of life with mindfulness. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Find your focus in 2019 as the WVU Mindfulness Program rings in the new year with greater resilience, presence and well-being in mind.

  1. Starting January 7, the Wellness Studio will host daily 20-minute mindfulness meditation sessions. Whether beginner, seasoned or somewhere in between, take time to learn and experience the numerous health benefits of regular meditation. Days and times will be as follows: Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:15 p.m.–1:35 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 11:15 a.m.–11:35 a.m.
  2. Additionally, clinical therapist Laurel Faulkenberry of WVU Medicine will be hosting a monthly mindfulness sampler workshop, the first coming January 14 at noon in conference room John Jones C. This hour-long workshop will cover a toolbox of techniques designed to effectively change stress response, the result of which is a calmer, more resilient and focused mind. 
  3. And finally, if you're looking to further your mindfulness practice, a six-week Mindful Steps to Stress Less series will run every Monday (January 28-March 11) from 12:05 p.m.-12:55 p.m. at Chestnut Ridge Center's first floor conference room. The series focuses on different themes each week from mindful eating and mindful communicating to yoga and the science of mindfulness research, all designed to create better mind-body connectivity and understanding that can positively influence your relationship to stress. 

Classes and sessions will be hosted by a trio of instructors with decades of combined mindfulness experience, including: neuroscientist Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, clinical therapist Laurel Faulkenberry, and yoga teacher & stress management specialist Nicole Gauthier-Schatz. 

All mindfulness programs are free for students, faculty, staff and employees of WVU and Ruby Memorial Hospital. Participants can attend sessions individually or in sequence, walk-ins are welcome.


To register or for more information contact wellness specialist Anthony Danko (Anthony.Danko@hsc.wvu.edu).