Stress can have a major impact on your grades, your relationships and your life as a college student. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed out, we can help.
Do you get headaches? Are you biting your nails, feeling irritable or having a hard time sleeping? Maybe it’s hard for you to concentrate, or you feel anxious. These are all signs that you may be stressed.
Stress is a normal reaction. Many times, you can’t avoid it. But you can often lower your stress levels just by taking better care of your body and mind.
Enjoy classes and workshops throughout the semester.
Want to relax, relieve stress and improve your flexibility? Consider taking one of our free yoga classes, which are open to all students — regardless of your level of experience. These are not fitness classes, yet you may choose to test your limits and wind down to active rest. Due to COVID-19, yoga supplies are currently not provided - bring a towel/yoga mat and a water bottle. If you attend two classes, you can get a free yoga mat. Come every week or drop-in when you can. Classes are first come, first serve. Arrive early to get a space in the class.
Tara Laurenzi has attained 500-hour yoga instructor training in the Lineage of BKS Iyengar. She leads students to learn the art of truly understanding their body's anatomy, how their minds interplay with their bodies, and the science of the energetic systems. Her classes strike a balance between the practice of yoga poses, breathing exercises, some meditative arts and relaxation techniques.
Cory Sampson has attained 200-hour trauma informed yoga instructor training with an additional certification for working with children. He looks forward to guiding you through the cultivation of a yoga practice that works best for you. Cory describes his class in this way: “As we move forward together, we will build your practice for mental clarity, fluid movement and physical functionality.”
Meditation programs can help you better manage stress and lead a healthier life.
Meditation can reduce stress, improve sleep, and help focus the mind. Attending a meditation group can reinforce your desire to practice meditation daily and help you to expand your skills. It also can connect you with other students who are interested in mindfulness practices. All experience levels are welcome. This group is offered weekly. Drop-in when you can.
Students who practice mindfulness and meditation are less-stressed, sleep better, and have more self-compassion. During our 4-session course students learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and different techniques, such as belly breathing, body scan, guided imagery and labeling thoughts, to practice mindfulness every day. During class check-in time, students also get support regarding their personal meditation practice.
Choose from the four-session course, a four-hour retreat day program or both.
You must register in advance for the four-session course.
To register for a four-session course, please complete and submit the registration information; you will need to attend all four classes in order to participate in this course. The course is designed for 12-15 students. You will be emailed to confirm your registration before the first class. If the class is filled, we will inform you when the class is offered again in the future.
Mindfulness Class 1: No pre-requsite required
Mindfulness Class 2: You must successfully complete class 1 to register for class 2
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If you’re a Resident Advisor, part of a student organization or other member of the UB community, you can request a facilitated workshop, or host your own customized event with guidance from our Stress Reduction Team.
Talking to someone else about your stress can often help you feel better. Whether you’re texting with a friend or family member, talking with your Resident Advisor (RA) or Community Advisor (CA), or meeting confidentially with an on-campus professional, there’s always someone who will listen.
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