Looking to relax and de-stress? Join a weekly meditation, yoga or Tai Chi session on campus. Sessions are available Monday through Friday at various campus locations.

Sessions may be offered from a more secular or spiritual-based perspective. This is indicated for each session below. No experience necessary. Beginners welcome! 

You can also join Mindful Moments at U of T's Facebook Group

Please note: All sessions are appropriate for beginners or students with a regular practice. 

All meditation and yoga sessions are facilitated from a secular perspective unless designated spiritual. In every instance, however, we acknowledge that meditation and yoga emerged from Buddhism, Hinduism and a variety of other spiritual traditions. 

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Contents

Event: Retreat Take a break on Nov. 6 to meet new people, enjoy a guided sound meditation and more
About mindfulness Mindfulness helps you manage academic stress
Mindful Moments Fall 2019 schedule
Instructors Meet the diverse team of meditation and yoga instructors
Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter
Training MindFIT and other training opportunities

Event: Mindful Living On-Campus Retreat

November 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Multi-Faith Centre, Room 208

Take a break on reading week to meet new people, enjoy a guided sound meditation, take part in mindful conversations, try mindful eating, yoga and more. 

Sign-in, silent meditation and meet-and-greet begin at 10:15 a.m.

A vegetarian lunch will be served.

Register on the CLNx (opens October 18).

About mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice of being aware of yourself, your body and your surroundings in the present moment.

Rooted in Buddhism as a spiritual practice, it is also used in clinical psychology to help treat patients with chronic anxiety and stress. 

By learning to incorporate principles of mindfulness in your life through meditation and yoga, or in your diet through mindful eating, you can improve how you manage academic stress.

Register for a mindfulness workshop and you will learn practical skills to enhance your focus in class and deepen relaxation outside of class.

Fall 2019 schedule

NOTE: Many sessions do not run during the week of November 4 due to Reading Week. Please check the drop-in schedule or with the facilitator for that site.


Monday

12:10 – 1 p.m. | Grad Room, 66 Harbord St. – Mindful Moments with Liam O’Leary

4:10 – 5 p.m. | Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave. Room 207 – Mindful Moments with Erin Latimer (hosted by the BPSU)

5:30 – 6:25 p.m. | Goldring Centre, 100 Devonshire Pl. 3rd floor – Meditation & Yoga with Jill Cressy

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave. Room 208 – Mindfulness Meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with True Peace Toronto

8 – 9:30 p.m. | Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave. Room 208 – Wake Up Toronto

 

Tuesday

8 – 9:30 a.m. | Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave. Room 207 – Kundalini Yoga with Guru Fatha Singh

8:10 – 9 a.m. | Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir. Exercise Room – Meditation & Yoga with Lauren Brown

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave. Room 207 – Tai Chi with Juensung Kim 

1:10 – 1:55 p.m. | Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. Dance Studio – Meditation & Yoga with Melissa Campagnolo

2 – 2:30 p.m. | Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, 8th Floor, Room 8045 – Mindful Meditation with Kathleen Scheaffer

4:10 – 5 p.m. | St. Hilda’s (Trinity College), 44 Devonshire Pl. 1st Floor, Abbot Room – Mindful Moments with Soroosh Vafapoor

 

Wednesday

12 – 12:50 p.m. | New College, 40 Willcocks St. Room 2007 D – Mindful Moments with Thomas Shakir

12:10 – 12:40 p.m. | Faculty of Information, Inforum, 140 St. George St. 5th Floor, Room 520 – Mindful Moments with Kathleen Scheaffer

4:10 – 5 p.m. | Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir. Exercise Room – Mindful Moments with Marie Masse

6:10 – 6:55 p.m. | Goldring Centre, 100 Devonshire Pl. – Meditation & Yoga with Lauren Brown

 

Thursday

8 – 9 a.m. | Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave. Room 208 – Morning Yoga and Mindfulness with Owen Ware

12:10 – 12:55 p.m. (biweekly) | Rehab Sciences Building, 500 University Ave. Room 1016 – Mindful Moments with Laurie Coleman MSW, RSW

Sep. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, Mar. 12, Mar. 26

12 – 12:55 p.m. | Bahen Centre, Room BA1255 (for October) – Mindful Moments with Brenda Toner

12:10 – 1 p.m. | OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, 8th floor, Room 8-200 – Mindful Moments with Rose Mina Munjee

4:10 – 5 p.m. | Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave. Room 208 – Mindful Moments Yoga with Daryna Skybina (hosted by the BPSU)

5 – 6 p.m. | Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina Ave. Room 208 – Brown Girls Yoga

6:10 – 6:55 p.m. | Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. Dance Studio – Journey Dance

7 – 8 p.m. | Chestnut Residence, 89 Chestnut St. The Hearth Lounge – Mindful Moments with Airrow Toner

 

Friday

12:10 – 12:50 p.m. | University College Union, 79 St. George St. Long Room

1:10 – 1:55 p.m. | Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. Dance Studio – Meditation & Yoga with Melissa Campagnolo

Instructors

The Mindful Moments program has a diverse team of instructors. Each instructor's class is shaped by their unique academic and personal experience with mindfulness. We encourage you to take a couple of minutes out of your busy day to read about each of our Mindful Moments instructors and to drop in to their classes.

Training

MindFIT Student Facilitator Training

Bring your passion for mindfulness into your community! MindFIT is a mindfulness facilitator training program specifically for University of Toronto students. It equips participants with the skills, knowledge and personal insights necessary to facilitate mindfulness meditation practice for their peers. MindFIT involves participation in Mindful Moments drop-in meditations, in-class training (four, two-hour sessions) and co-facilitating meditation sessions.

Update: MindFIT is currently full for the Fall term.

 

Other training opportunities

Centre for Mindfulness Studies

U of T Continuing Studies certificate courses: