Resources for Well-Being During COVID-19
Stay informed about the activities, programming, and classes offered and supported by the Contemplative Sciences Center!
We find ourselves in an unprecedented time in human history facing a new reality of social distancing, fear and anxiety over a highly uncertain future, and concern for the health and well-being of ourselves, loved ones, and society. The situation is rapidly changing and evolving globally in front of our eyes as we watch the news and respond to pings from our phones throughout the day. As individuals and as a society, now more than ever, we must draw upon our innate capacity for resilience and cultivate an ability to be deeply present, calm, and grounded when faced with the challenges this pandemic presents daily. We must bring forth the best qualities of our human nature: our kindness, care, and compassion towards ourselves and our loved ones, classmates, co-workers, neighbors, and fellow global citizens.
UVA students, faculty, and staff have free access to the premium (paid) Member Plus content on this award-winning smartphone app and web portal featuring a meditation timer and the world’s largest free repository of guided meditations and related tools. CSC has curated playlists including one for coping with COVID. Learn more.
Meditation Resource Page
CSC has compiled a list of resources and opportunities related to meditation from Tips for Beginner Meditators to events being offered, such as the Virtual Meditation on the Lawn Series. Learn more.
We offer a variety of synchronous online contemplative and Ashtanga yoga classes here. You can also find videos of some of the classes here.
Resources for UVA Parents
CSC and other organizations and departments across the University of Virginia are dedicated to helping students flourish and cultivate well-being during their time on UVA Grounds and beyond. There are many opportunities and resources available to you and your students. You may view them here.
SAMPLING OF UVA Academic Classes with Related Content
• The Art and Science of Human Flourishing (RELG 1400), Instructors: David Germano, Leslie Hubbard
• Foundations of Mindfulness Practice (NUIP 2210), Instructor: Sam Green
• Mindfulness in Health and Human Development (EDIS 3012), Instructor: Tish Jennings
• Social and Emotional Learning, Instructor: (EDIS 5015), Instructor: Tish Jennings
• Ongoing contemplative classes: Free contemplative classes including T'ai Chi, Yin Yoga, mindfullness, and more.
• Ongoing Ashtanga yoga classes
• Meditation on the Lawn Series (Monday mornings)
• Special meditations: Sharon Salzberg, George Mumford
• Faculty resources and programming
Ashtanga Yoga Videos and Q&A Series
Practice and Process: Conversations With Esteemed Yoga Teachers - Q&A
10- & 30-minute Ashtanga practice videos
Hour-long Virtual Meditation Video (May 3, 2020)
Learn more here.
Practice of Kindness & Care
Research shows that meditations focused on cultivating kindness, goodwill, and warmth toward oneself and others can increase one’s sense of well-being, and social connection. Practices like this one are particularly helpful when faced with the challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic presents daily.
CSC's Article published in UVA Today.
Maintaining a Sense of Social Connection and a Time of Social Distancing
Tools, research, and best practices for staying connected.
REACH OUT TO US
For queries or just to talk with us:
Director of Advancement: Kayti Sewell at email@example.com
Communications: Katherine Ludwig at firstname.lastname@example.org
Host of the May 3 Meditation on the Lawn: Leslie Hubbard at email@example.com
Contact information for additional CSC staff may be found here.