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Six courses are offered in the spring. The course lasts four weeks with a lesson of 75 minutes each week. Upcoming course dates include:
- 16.00 Sundays 5, 12, 19 and 26 February
- 13.00 Tuesdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 February
- 13.00 on Wednesdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 March
The course, called Koru Mindfulness, is an introduction to mindfulness meditation and stress management skills. These skills help participants to fully experience life moment by moment with kindness and without judgment. It helps participants learn to increase self-compassion while finding balance in life.
The UAMS Mindfulness Program’s certified instructors have been teaching Koru Mindfulness to students, faculty and interns at UAMS since 2017. Now the course is also available to the public.
The course is donation-based; while a donation is not required, attendees are encouraged to donate. Donors who donate at least $125 or more will receive a Mindfulness Program T-shirt and course book. All participants will receive the Koru Mindfulness app with guided meditations and learning materials, which participants will continue to have access to after the course is completed. This course will be conducted in person on the UAMS campus.
To register, visit Mindfulness.UAMS.edu.
Koru Mindfulness is a popular and widely used program on many college campuses in the United States. It was developed by Holly Rogers, MD, a psychiatrist with the Duke University Student Counseling Center, and her colleagues. It is now an independent organization with hundreds of teachers worldwide.
Elements taught in the course include:
- Breathing meditation
- Belly breathing
- Dynamic breathing
- Body scan
- Walking meditation
- Gatha meditation
- Guided pictures
- Labeling of thoughts
- Eating meditation
- Labeling of emotions
Certified Koru Mindfulness teachers from UAMS will teach the classes. Additional courses and dates with our other certified instructors will be announced on the Mindfulness.UAMS.edu website. Puru Thapa, MD, directs the UAMS Mindfulness Program.
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