MindFIT is a mindfulness facilitator-in-training program which prepares students to lead mindfulness meditation for their peers. For those students entering healthcare and related fields this training will augment your professional program of study.
During the program, you will:
- Learn about the history, benefits and precautions around practicing mindfulness
- Discuss current issues in mindfulness and yoga
- Demonstrate inclusive teaching and an appreciative knowledge of the origins of mindfulness meditation
- Practice a wide variety of mindfulness meditations and mindfulness-based activities
- Create lesson plans for mindfulness meditation sessions
- Develop your public speaking skills
- Receive feedback from the coordinator and your peers
MindFIT is open to all students who have a strong personal mindfulness meditation practice and can make a commitment to 30-35 hours this term.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the Mindfulness & Yoga Lecture Series (under HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS below).
How The Program Works
To graduate from the MindFIT program, you must:
- Register for the program (under PROGRAM REGISTRATION below).
- Participate in at least 6 Mindfulness & Yoga Lectures listed below. Registration is required.
- Participate in a minimum of 6 MindFIT training sessions where you will engage in group discussion and practice facilitating meditations. These sessions occur immediately following each Mindfulness & Yoga Lecture.
- Participate in 15 hours of Mindful Moments programming, then record your participation and complete the reflection (DOCX). Submit the document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Practice and prepare to deliver meditations in the training sessions (on your own time, approximately 6 hours).
- Plan and facilitate a 20-30 minute meditation session on your own to be arranged by the program coordinator.
Mindfulness & Yoga Lecture Series
Registration is required for each lecture.
- What is Mindfulness? on September 26, 2022 from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
- Benefits of Mindfulness & Precautions by Professor Ravi Thiruchselvam on October 3, 2022
- The Buddhist Roots of Mindfulness
- Panel Q&A on Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation in Yoga and Mindfulness
- Walking Meditation and Adapting Movement-Based Practices
- Inclusive and Trauma Informed Facilitation in Yoga and Mindfulness
- Mindful Eating
Program Activities & Schedule
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I felt very safe in this environment. [The facilitator’s] teaching really encouraged me to speak up in discussions (which I rarely do) and I felt comfortable to ask questions. I found this experience very enriching and I can confidently come out of this program saying that I do feel more equipped to facilitate a mindfulness meditation session.
MindFIT helped prepare me to facilitate a mindfulness cognitive therapy group through my practicum. I believe that without MindFIT, I would've lacked the confidence and knowledge.
I plan on taking the skills I have learned to lead mindfulness check-ins before meetings start at my full-time job. I feel more confident reading and presenting/leading sessions now that I have gone through MindFIT.