The Department of Athletics & Office of Human Resources present workshops throughout the year that introduce you to holistic practices that may improve your health & well-being. Topics such as Feldenkrais, Mindfulness, Herbalism & Stress Reduction are some examples of workshops that were offered in the fall of 2017. Please note that programs offered through the OHR are listed on their current trainings page and are only open to faculty & staff - while those offered through Athletics are open to both employees and students. Currently (Spring 2018) the workshops being offered are through Human Resources and can be found on the OHR WEBSITE.
Athletic Department Workshops (Fall 2017):
What does it mean to be ‘grounded?’ How can we improve our balance? As humans we stand on a relatively small base of support, and our center of gravity is high – making us a fairly unstable species. Moshe Feldenkrais understood this relationship and actually described ‘good posture’ as the ability to move in any direction without hesitation. In other words, our balance is dependent upon a dynamic stability, not a static one.
In this workshop we will explore how to find clear support through the skeleton in relationship to the ground for ease of movement and a sense of stability. When we find this support we lesson the pressures on our soft tissues and reduce general wear and tear and overall muscular tension.
Workshop will include exploration of one Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson. No experience necessary – all are welcome! Please bring a yoga mat...
In this 1-hour, experiential session, you will be introduced to mindfulness-based practices that can help us develop greater ease and resiliency in the face of significant challenges and difficulties that, as human beings, we all face at one time or another in our lives.
Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff developed an 8-week program that they call Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). This approach is not selfish or self-indulgent. Rather it brings us more closely in touch with the capacity we all have to treat ourselves and each other with greater kindess, wisdom, and understanding -- regardless of the circumstances.
Together, we will touch into some of the MSC meditation practices; this will not be a lecture or presentation but rather a taste of what these practices offer. No prior meditation experience is necessary.
This session will be led by David Spound, M.Ed, certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. David has been leading mindfulness programs since 2006 through his Northampton company Valley Mindfulness. He can be reach at his web site: www.valleymindfulness.com.
In this 1-hour, experiential session, you will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation, a practice that has been widely studied as an important and empowering method for reducing the harmful effects of stress, pain, and illness as well as increasing one's overall sense of well-being.
Jon Kabat-Zinn developed an 8-week program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and this session will draw from that highly-regarded program.
Together, we will touch into some of the meditation practices offered in a typical MBSR course so that each person can discover for themselves how these mindfulness practices work. This will not be a lecture or presentation but rather a taste of what these practices offer. No prior meditation experience is necessary.
This session will be led by David Spound, M.Ed, certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion. David has been leading mindfulness programs since 2006 through his Northampton company Valley Mindfulness. He can be reach at his web site: www.valleymindfulness.com.