Yoga, Creativity & Mindfulness Winter 2023

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Winter Study is an ideal time to set new intentions, and to focus on physical and mental well-being. This course offers a retreat in which students can de-stress, refresh, and tap into their creative strength. Primarily a yoga class, we will meet 4-6 hours each week to deep-dive into the mindful practice of yoga asana and pranayama. This course is a multi-faceted exploration of the intersection between creativity, mindfulness and yoga. We’ll explore accessible ways to cultivate mindfulness, including a beautiful guided meditation with Professor Bernie Rhie. In addition to our time in the yoga studio, students are encouraged to keep a daily journal, responding to prompts, readings, and poetry. Early in the month, our group will have the opportunity to go on a 2 day retreat at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Located in a beautiful natural setting with breathtaking views, Kripalu offers a variety of daily yoga and mindfulness classes as well as delicious organic and vegan food. This will be a nourishing time for students to spend some healthy quiet time and to get to know each other better. Back on campus, we will spend a full day at MassMoca, do some slow art looking, participate in a “sound bath,” practice yoga within the beautiful galleries themselves, and participate in a group art project. We will also visit the Clark Art Museum, where we’ll enjoy a mindful hike, followed by a guided tour looking at the intersection of art + mindfulness. Throughout the month, students will explore their own creativity, whether it’s creative writing/journaling, or working with paper and colored pencils in a mandala making workshop. There will be a required reading list and a final creative project. We’ll share our projects in the last week of the class, and examples might be leading a guided meditation, sharing a drawing, painting or poem, or designing a yoga or mindfulness self-practice.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1253
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Final project or presentation
Prerequisites: No experience in yoga is required, but it is recommended.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to juniors and seniors as well as a balance of personal pronouns. Students are encouraged to email in advance to express why they are interested in the course.
Unit Notes: I have been teaching yoga classes to students, athletes, faculty & staff at Williams College for 10 years. I love sharing the benefits of yoga with as varied a population as possible, because I truly believe in the benefits of the practice. I notice that increasingly, the primary reason most students enroll in my P.E. classes is to find a sanctuary where they can de-stress and quiet the mind.
Materials/Lab Fee: $355
Attributes: SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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