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Upcoming Events at Windhover

The Office for Religious Life offers free programs open to Stanford students, staff, and faculty. These sessions are intended to introduce you to this unique resource on campus and to provide instruction on a variety of contemplative practices. Meditation cushions (zafus and zabutons) will be provided for meditation programs on a first come, first serve basis. Bring your Stanford ID card to enter the building.

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For all sessions at Windhover, no pre-registration is required. Feel free to drop in when you are able. Bring your Stanford ID card to enter the building.

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Meditation Mondays - Silent Group Meditation

Every Monday from 8-9:30 pm Excluding: January 20 and March 9 - 30, 2020 

Meditation Mondays is a student led group created to support Stanford students' ongoing meditation practices and to bring students together to meet others interested in meditation. Brief instructions are provided at the beginning of ech session, however the rest of the session is a self-directed and includes half an hour of silence.

 

Student "Fundamentals of Meditation" Thursday Evenings

Thursdays, January 16 - June 4, 2020, 8:00-9:00 pm

(No meditation on March 12- April 2)

These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to offer students basic meditation skill, to encourage regular meditation practice, to help deepen your ability to self-reflect in meditation, and to offer instructions on how meditation can be useful during stressful moments. All of the sessions will be led by trained instructors. If you are not free to attend all of the sessions, you are welcome to attend the sessions independently. 

Instructors:

Aneel Chima, PhD, is director of the Division of Health and Human Performance and of the Stanford Flourishing Project. His teaching and research aims to answer the questions, "What does it mean to flourish as human beings in an age of hyper-complexity?" and "What is the future of human flourishing as cultural and life rhythms increasingly accelerate?" He is co-founder and managing partner of AT THE CORE, a consulting boutique specializing in facilitating transformative change through enhancing the emotional, social, and neurophysiological drivers of team and leadership thriving. His work harnesses powerful insights from the emerging science of wellness and human flourishing and applies them to solve tactical and strategic challenges confronting organizations in an ever more dynamic, asymmetrical world.

Rebecca Nie has taught meditation in the United States, Bhutan, and Canada. She is the co-founder of the Stanford Zen Society, which she leads on campus every Wednesday. In this workshop, she’ll guide participants through relaxation and investigation practices designed to expand their awareness. The approach is based on the Korean Zen tradition, in which Rebecca is a Master, a member of the 80th generation since the Buddha to be so recognized. The premise of the approach is that increasing our awareness helps us live fuller lives — and that we can develop awareness like we can the ability to read. 

Tia Rich, PhD, HIP Senior Health Promotion Specialist, and Contemplation by Design, Director. As a meditation teacher, her 30-years of experience began with completion of the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy 18-month full-time residential teacher-training program in 1981. Dr. Rich’s teaching also draws upon her experience with Zazen, Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhist and Judeo-Christian contemplative meditation.

 

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Staff/Faculty "Fundamentals of Meditation" Noon Hour

Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 pm Excluding: March 12-26, 2020 & April 2, 2020

Enjoy introduction to meditation sessions for faculty and staff in Windhover. All sessions will be guided by instructor, Tia Rich. You will experience various ways to meditate. The focus on direct experience will help you to begin and continue meditating. Sessions will include a range of practices beginning with breath-based and body-based mindfulness meditations and continue with walking meditation, visualization and sound-based meditations, and culminate in practice of self-compassion and compassion meditations. Experience the benefits of meditation for health and positive human qualities. Countless studies have shown meditation promotes health, concentration, emotional balance, compassion, altruism and inner peace. 

Instructor: Tia Rich, PhD, HIP Senior Health Promotion Specialist, and Contemplation by Design, Director. As a meditation teacher, her 30-years of experience began with completion of the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy 18-month full-time residential teacher-training program in 1981. Dr. Rich’s teaching also draws upon her experience with Zazen, Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhist and Judeo-Christian contemplative meditation.

 

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Yoga 

For all yoga sessions, bring your yoga mat.

Mindful Yoga

Tuesdays, January 21, February 18, April 14, May 12 and June 2, 8:00-9:00 am

Enjoy yoga stretches in the dappled morning light. Within a flowing sequence of postures, this class provides instruction for a balanced yoga practice grounded in alignment, breath, and peace of mind. Union is the literal meaning of the Sanskrit word yoga. Refresh and renew your resilience by giving yourself the gift of movement that fosters union and dynamic balance in mind-body-spirit. While this class focuses on fundamentals for beginners, experienced practitioners are welcome.

Instructor: Tia Rich, PhD, HIP Senior Health Promotion Specialist, and Contemplation by Design, Director. As a meditation teacher, her 30-years of experience began with completion of the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy 18-month full-time residential teacher-training program in 1981. Dr. Rich’s teaching also draws upon her experience with Zazen, Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhist and Judeo-Christian contemplative meditation.

 

Evening Yoga

Every Tuesday from 8:00-9:00 pm Excluding: March 10- March 31, 2020

Evening Yoga is a Yoga fusion class - combining a mindful flow with energy and breathwork. Drawing on the instructor's background in dance, the classes are like a moving meditation designed to integrate the body with the breath, to quiet the mind and create space in the body.

Instructor: Kristen Smyth is certified yoga instructor and has completed 400 hours of Teacher Training at YogaSource and Breathe Together Yoga in Los Gatos. In addition, she brings 21 years of coaching experience at the college level. As a certified yoga instructor, she teaches Vinyasa and Gentle yoga classes at Nvidia, Willow Glen Yoga and The Bay Club.

 

Student Led Yoga

Every Wednesday from 8:00-9:00 pm Excluding: March 11- April 1, 2020

1 hour of student led yoga to bring all levels of experience together.

 

YogaX Yoga

Dates TBD

Come join YogaX at Windhover for a yoga class integrating science and soul. YogaX, a special initiative program from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford’s School of Medicine, will be offering a contemplative, gentle yin and restorative-based 75-minute yoga practice infused with the teachings of yoga and modern psychology/neuroscience to provide opportunities to experience a yoga practice from the inside out. The class will focus on practicing the foundations of yoga through passive postures held for longer periods of time.  The class is suitable for a variety of skill levels and all levels of yoga experience are welcome.  A large variety of props will be offered to allow the postures to meet you and the needs of your body. Although we will supply props, including yoga mats, feel free to bring your own mat if you like. Please email yogaXteam@stanford.edu with any questions. Looking forward to practicing with you!

Instructor: Heather Freeman, PsyD, has extensive yoga and clinical experience in college counseling, primary care, and community mental health. She has led yoga classes, workshops, and trainings in studios, community centers, community mental health settings, on college campuses, in a psychiatric hospital, and a prison. She synthesizes the ancient wisdom of the teachings of yoga with modern psychology and neuroscience to make the teachings accessible. Her therapy and teaching styles aim to help individuals cultivate curiosity and radically accept what it is to be constantly changing, growing, and evolving human beings.

 

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