"Be"ing whole; finding homeostasis through practicing yoga/mindfulness/meditation Winter 2023

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I did offer a similar course through a section in the PSCI 21 fieldwork class last year called [Exploring Mindfulness within Ourselves and Our Communities]. It was a small section and hidden under a PSCI heading as it was through my supervisor, Paula Consolini, but the students loved it and all 6 of them are currently actively practicing yoga and mindfulness since winter study. The goal of this class would be to explore different yoga practices, meditation practices, and mindfulness practices through readings, active/regular practices, journaling, art experiences, and other mindful movement based experiences (hiking, winter snow activities, etc). This class will offer an in depth discovery, approach, and experience of mindfulness practices while empowering students to identify their own individual needs at the present moment and acquire the skills to practice these techniques to reset their mind and body back to a homeostasis. We will focus on awareness of our mental and physical wellbeing and learn about how a threat to our nervous system can create an imbalance Autonomic Nervous System and a cascade of negative short term and long term effects. Students will meet as a class 3 days a week for 2-3 hours. Each class will have a 45 minute yoga and/or meditation/mindfulness practice, a discussion of the readings (I have a syllabus and packet from last year which will have many similar readings), and an activity (making art – mandala making, lavender pillow making, writing with journal prompts, etc). Students will have about 7-8 hours of class time and will also have the opportunity to co-teach an Adventures in Learning Class with me at the local elementary school one afternoon a week on yoga to elementary students. Students are expected to do the course readings, view videos, and participate in a final project, which will be a “go-to” mindfulness/movement/meditation toolkit customized to their own perceived needs based on their experiences.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1123
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Final project or presentation
Prerequisites: If the class is overenrolled, I would give preference to juniors and seniors, as all students should have mindfulness/yoga and meditative skills/knowledge prior to graduating and I would like to run this course more than one year.
Enrollment Preferences: I would prefer a limit of about 15 students in order to be able to allow individuals to work in a smaller cohort of students and also for activities outside of the classroom (walks, museums possibly), and to give students more individualized attention.
Unit Notes: Amy, class of '05, works at the CLiA as the North Adams Program Coordinator. She has an MD and M.Ed, multiple yoga certifications, and experience in working in wellness with individuals of all ages and from a variety of different backgrounds.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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