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Student Life Events at St. George

Student Life Events at St. George

Accessibility Services and Multi-Faith Centre Presents: What is mindfulness and why do we do it?

Jan 25, 2022 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Registration Deadline: Jan 25, 2022 12:00 PM

Connect with other students with mental health lived experiences and learn about mindfulness and meditation services offered at UofT! In this 1 hour session, Lauren Brown (Mindfulness and Meditation Programming Coordinator, Multi-Faith Centre) and Soroosh Vafapoor (Community Wellness Coordinator, Trinity College) will discuss the following topics: 

  • What is mindfulness? 
  • How mindfulness meditation and yoga supports student well being 
  • What mindfulness, meditation and yoga programs are available 
  • Where students can access these programs 
  • Finding the right class for you and precautions to consider 
  • Try a few practices 
The session will close with an introduction to the impacts of mental health on learning, and information about the Accessibility Services Office.  
 
Information about the speakers: 
 
Lauren Brown 
M.Ed., E-RYT, Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist. 
Lauren is the Mindfulness and Meditation Programming Coordinator at the University of Toronto where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Education. She was introduced to mindfulness and yoga to manage performance anxiety as a teen athlete. Lauren believes that mindfulness helps us become more self-aware and in turn it empowers us to choose how we connect with others and ourselves. Her sessions are a great introduction to mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. 
 
Soroosh Vafapoor 
M.A., M.P.S. 
Soroosh uses his experience and education in conflict resolution, psychotherapy, and contemplative practice to explore a wide range of life experiences, and ultimately, the seemingly intricate, complex, yet completely ordinary experience of 'being'. Soroosh currently serves as a Community Wellness Coordinator at Trinity College, and also works as Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). 
 
Registration is required for this event, so that you can receive the link to join the online program. If you have any questions, please email us at: as.learning@utoronto.ca.   
 
Materials: You are not required to bring any material to these sessions.  
Platform Access: This session will occur on Zoom. Students will be sent the Zoom link upon registering.  Please note: you will have to download/access Zoom (https://utoronto.zoom.us/). For your reference, Zoom also has other features, such as changing your display name and many accessibility features
 
Technology & Sound: Peer Connections will be taking place over Zoom and will require a computer or device with this platform installed, with a microphone and speakers. The session will be not be recorded.  
 
Questions: If you have other questions about Peer Connections, please feel free to contact us at as.learning@utoronto.ca