Mount Holyoke M&Ms: Movement & Mindfulness

This mindfulness program for students is designed to provide a tool box for self-reliance and care. Students will learn simple movements to help build body awareness through connecting with breathing techniques. Developing this tool box to promote resilience and self-awareness will be done by learning the scientific connections between breathe work and the increase of blood flow to the brain and central nervous system, resulting in an understanding of self-managed stress reduction techniques.  The program is designed to allow students to drop in or attend every session. Movements will be accessible and tailored to a beginner audience.

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The 2016-2017 M&Ms programming begins at New Student Orientation with Flourishing 101, a day focused on self-care around wellness themes of resiliency, boundaries, sexual respect, positive psychology, energy management and spiritualilty.  Students will participate in workshops offering many healthy options like yoga, dance, meditative walking, water colors, and tai chi.  Please check this page at the beginning of each semester for a full list of programming, events and opportunities around campus to connect mind and body.

 Quiet Contemplative Spaces on Campus 

Wa-Shin-An (Monday-Friday 1-5pm in Eliot House)

Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary and Abbey Chapel

Eliot House Lounge

Hindu Prayer Room

Muslim Prayer Room

The Greenhouse

Online Apps

Deep Breathing/Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Mindfulness Meditation

  • Headspace for iPhone and Android - Headspace is a free meditation program that gives you a taste of meditation practice in 10 minutes/day.
  • Stop, Breathe & Think - For iOS, Android, and Web. A friendly, simple tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion.
  • Mindfulness Meditation for iPhone - Mindfulness-based technique for stress reduction has scientifically proven health benefits. Guided mindfulness meditations were written and narrated by Stephan Bodian, author of the Meditation For Dummies®.
  • The Mindfulness Summit - The Mindfulness Summit is a not-for-profit project with a mission to make mindfulness mainstream. We’re making high quality mindfulness training accessible to everyone and supporting mindfulness based charities at the same time.