Mindfulness & Meditation

Stressed?  Trouble sleeping?  Burnt out?  

You’ve come to the right place!

Mindfulness is all the buzz these days, though the practice has been around for over 2,500 years – and for good reason!  According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, the physician responsible for introducing mindfulness practices into Western medicine in the 1970’s, mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  Mindfulness and meditation practices have been shown to decrease stress, improve sleep quality, increase compassion towards oneself and others, and improve overall well-being.


Community Meditation Practice at Yale

1. Weekly drop-in groups (free, no registration required, beginners welcome)

Monday 

  • 12:15-12:45pm at Yale Law School, Sterling Law Building, 127 Wall Street, room 108 (led by Being Well at Yale, the employee wellness program – students welcome)
  • 8:00-9:15pm in Dwight Chapel on Old Campus (led by New Haven Insight, a community meditation group)

Tuesday

  • 1:00-2:00pm for Athletes in Trophy Room of Payne Whitney Gym, Sept. 5 - Dec. 12
  • 6:00-7:00pm at New Haven Public Library on the Green (led by New Haven Insight, a community meditation group)
  • 7:00-7:45pm at Yale Health, 1st floor wellness suite in August 2017, and then in Trophy Room of Payne Whitney Gym during academic year (led by Student Wellness)

Wednesday

  • 12:15-12:45pm at Medical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, room C103 (sponsored by Being Well at Yale, the employee wellness program – students welcome)

Thursday

Friday

  • 12:15-12:45pm at Medical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, room C103 (sponsored by Being Well at Yale)

Saturday

  • 9:00-10:30am at 50 Winnett St, Hamden, CT (led by New Haven Insight, a community meditation group)

Sunday

  • 6:30-7:30pm at 50 Winnett St, Hamden, CT (led by New Haven Insight, a community meditation group)

2. Enroll in Koru Mindfulness 

  • Koru Mindfulness is a free 4-week course designed to teach basic mindfulness and meditation skills to busy students, while allowing for in-depth practice and support. Classes meet once weekly for 75-minute sessions. Students are asked to practice just 10 minutes per day and read a short companion text.
  • Courses can offered per residential college or department request.  If you’re interested in hosting this course, please contact the Health Educator to discuss scheduling.  Courses hold ~15 students and require full attendance at each class.  For more information on the course, visit The Center for Koru Mindfulness

3. Attend an Introduction to Mindfulness workshop

  • Introduction to Mindfulness is ~1 hour and covers basic mindfulness and meditation practices for beginners.  If you’re interested in hosting a workshop in your residential college or department, contact the Health Educator to schedule.

4. Join a half-day silent Koru Retreat

  • The Koru Retreat is a ~4 hour silent retreat that covers a number of mindfulness and meditation practices – think of it as a mindfulness bootcamp!  Open to beginners and seasoned meditators alike.  Check back for the fall 2017 retreat, to be scheduled. 

5. Get involved with the mindful undergraduate student groups YMindful and YUMEI

6. If you’re interested in the spiritual origins of meditation practice within Buddhism, check out Buddhist life at Yale through the Chaplain’s Office.


Ways to Practice Mindfulness & Meditate On Your Own

1. Meet with Tracy, the Health Educator, one-on-one at Yale Health to get personalized support and meditation instruction

2. Check out free guided meditations from the Center for Koru Mindfulness and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center  (*Tracy recommends starting with the 3-minute body scan from UCLA)

3. Refer to the stress-management page for specific mindfulness skills and other guided meditations

4. Tracy’s picks for mindfulness and meditation apps:

5. Tracy’s picks for mindfulness and meditation books: