When you can’t go outside, go inside. In these challenging times, breathing and meditation can help us settle our minds and provide physical and emotional strength.
The SKY club is offering its trademark SKY Happiness Retreat this month, and the workshop is open to all CU Boulder students, faculty and staff. It is a powerful weekend retreat filled with evidence-based meditation and breathwork practices, social connection, self-development and stress-management skills that bring calm, clarity and happiness.
Research on SKY Breath Meditation
Recently, two new research studies were published from Yale and Harvard on the practices taught through our club: SKY Breath Meditation, the cornerstone of the SKY Happiness Retreat. The results show this program could address the obvious student needs, especially in this climate.
The Yale study evaluated the SKY Breath Meditation practice along with Yale’s in-house Emotional Intelligence program and MBSR (mindfulness). This study done last spring shows that SKY Breath Meditation was the most powerful and beneficial program for student mental health and well-being, even when compared to mindfulness! The study found, by practicing SKY, students reported improvements in six areas of well-being: depression, stress, mental health, mindfulness, positive affect, and social connectedness.
The Harvard study found participants of the SKY program reported significant decreases in perceived stress levels, sleep disturbances and resiliency against anticipatory stress.
This retreat is offered in 40 universities across the country, including Stanford, Arizona State, Ohio State and MIT. It is one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and have fun!
It offers techniques to eliminate stress, improve vitality, and expand awareness. During the workshop, you will learn to live fully in the present moment and get a chance to dive deep into the joy hidden inside you. The program is fun, relaxing and a much-needed recourse in these testing times.
Learn, experience, flourish
The program helps participants in a myriad of ways:
- Understand the sources of stress and the role of breathing techniques in reducing stress
- Meditative practice to manage negative emotions and anxiety
- Help to improve the quality of sleep
- Increased energy level throughout the day
- Ability to increase personal happiness
- Learning to deal with criticism and mistakes
- Taking personal and community responsibility
- Increasing social connection, enthusiasm, and inspiration
Join the next online retreat March 19–21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (MDT) via Zoom.
There are limited spots and scholarships covering 100% of costs available for this retreat. Availability is first-come, first-served and requires attendance to all sessions. Apply now or email [email protected] with questions.
You can also join the SKY Club every Wednesday at noon for a free 30-minute mini workshop. RSVP here.