Mindfulness

“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.” (Mindfulness Definition)

For the medical student, mindfulness has been shown to reduce psychological distress and burnout rate. Although we may run most of our academic lives on “automatic pilot” mode, periodically bringing our wholehearted attention to our breath, bodily sensations, activity, or ritual will increase our sense of wellbeing. (Scientifically Proven Benefits of Mindfulness) Mindfulness is also a socialization process that has a strong attitudinal component, which includes wellness and self-care, mental health, life learning strategies, time management and motivation, and skills and attitudes that are part of “the hidden curriculum.”

Mindfulness and Yoga on Campus

Integrative Medicine Club: The TUC Integrative Medicine Club provides weekly meditation and yoga classes on campus as well as semesterly mindfulness-based stress reduction workshop. Upcoming classes and announcements are made on Facebook.

“Yoga has taught me to focus on and be able to control my breath. I have been able to use this technique to stay calm in situations that would otherwise provoke anxiety.” – Anonymous, Class of ’19

Campus Meditation Garden: Through the WARM initiative, we were able to bring a meditation garden to our campus. This space is open for all TU students.

Courses

Finding Balance: The Finding Balance is a module taught through the Osteopathic Doctoring course.

Pre-Clinical Electives: There are several pre-clinical electives that are designed to train well-rounded physicians and utilize the principles of mindfulness in medicine. Please fill out this form and submit it to our Office of Registrar.
– Anatomical Applications Through Yoga
– Narrative Medicine
– Healer’s Art
– The Art of Observation

Student Favorites

Yoga with Adrienne: Youtube yoga series that is friendly for beginners.

“I enjoy that she really takes the time to help beginners ease into yoga and offers some flexibility in the exercises” – Anonymous, Class of ’19

Quickie Yoga Flow: Youtube yoga series for time-crunched people.

“it’s short and sweet and can be worked into the schedule of any busy med student or professional. It is only 10-12 min long, so I would definitely recommend it as a quick study break.” – Anonymous, Class of ’19

Ashtanga 1-Hour Intro Video

“The instructor’s voice is really soothing, and she has relevant pearls of self-love wisdom scattered throughout. She usually recites an inspirational poem or story at the end during the shavasana as well…since we’re sitting pretty much all day and under a chronic level of stress, exercise helps to rebalance our autonomic systems and calm us down. It also helps with all the various pains you get from being sedentary.” – Anonymous, Class of ’19

Local Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation

I guess I never remember to tell myself to “take a moment and reflect” and it took needing to do an assignment for me to push myself into introspection. Once I let myself be, I actually found Yoga to be fun and soothing.” – Anonymous, Class of ’19

North Bay

Vallejo Yoga
The Benicia Yoga House
Benicia Yoga and Wellness
Vallejo Moving Meditation Meetup Group
Vallejo Zen Center
Benicia Meditation Center

East Bay

El Cerrito Ojas Yoga Center
El Cerrito Square One Yoga
Berkeley Yoga to the People

“If you are a Touro student living in the East Bay, you must check out Yoga to the People! It is an outstanding organization that is donation-based and offers 5-7 classes daily, all 7 days of the week! As you can imagine, it is very student friendly. The classes are consistently good each time. They do a flow-based vinayasa power yoga, so you get both the sweating and breathing. I wouldn’t have been able to go through medical school without yoga.” – Anonymous, Class of ’19

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center
Berkeley Zen Center
Oakland Meditation

Other Online Resources

About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Free MBSR Course
Free Guided Meditation
Three Simple Breathing Exercises
Progressive Relaxation Exercise
Combination Relaxation Exercise
Atlas of Emotion
A Soft Murmur: Ambient sounds to wash away distraction
Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) Course
7 Mesmerizing Animations To Help You Take A Deep Breath
Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better: iOS and Android
Headspace: Guided Meditation & Mindfulness: Android and iOS

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