Health/Wellness

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A snapshot into mindfulness for wellness
Jan/04 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM

Are you interested in learning how to slow the hustle and bustle of the day? Want to learn techniques for managing anxiety and stress? Do you simply want some time to be still and just be in the present moment? Join this workshop! 

This course will consist of four one-hour sessions designed to provide a brief introduction to the benefits of mindfulness-based practices for overall wellness. Each session will consist of an overview of mindfulness approaches and will incorporate the practice of mindfulness exercises.  

Open to: undergraduate and graduate sstudents 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Englann Taylor, Ph.D. etaylor@med.mit.edu

Registration deadline: 12/30/21

Ballroom Dance Classes
Jan/09 Sun 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/16 Sun 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/23 Sun 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/30 Sun 03:00PM–05:00PM

Come for some fun, energetic and free ballroom dancing classes this IAP, to practise social dancing with the MIT Ballroom Dance Club! We will go over the steps we have learned last semester, but we welcome attendees with all levels of ballroom dancing experience! No partner or special attire needed! We will cover Cha-Cha and Waltz the first two weeks, followed by Samba and Tango the following two weeks! MIT Covid Pass required for participation

CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) & self-compassion workshop
Jan/07 Fri 02:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/14 Fri 02:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/21 Fri 02:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/28 Fri 02:00PM–03:30PM

This four-session introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) will utilize self-compassion strategies to help facilitate changes in core beliefs, thinking patterns, and behaviors. The workshop will meet weekly for 90 minutes. Participants will learn what CBT is and how self-compassion can be useful in challenging beliefs and behaviors. There will be short skills practice assignments based on each week’s workshop. 

Open to: MIT undergraduate and graduate students 
Location: Virtual 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Maureen Rezendes, Ph.D., mrezendes@med.mit.edu

Registration deadline: 12/30/21

Cooking with Antoinette
Jan/20 Thu 12:00PM–01:30PM

Antoinette’s cooking sessions are always open to the entire MIT community, and you are welcome to cook with us or just observe!

Please join us for the IAP cooking session on Thursday, January 20 from 12noon to 1:30pm.

This month, Antoinette will be showing us how to cook a Caribbean dish, Stew Curry Chicken Pelau (*can be made without meat), as well as a Quick Coleslaw. 

*Note: For the stew curry chicken pelau, if possible please marinate the chicken overnight before we meet on Zoom.

Recipes for 2021-2022 are found here.

Recurring Zoom link:  https://mit.zoom.us/j/92402061745

Sign up for reminders: https://forms.gle/7wbCKwvNeU4yiTbe6 

DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy): Life skills workshop
Jan/04 Tue 05:00PM–06:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 05:00PM–06:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 05:00PM–06:30PM
Jan/25 Tue 05:00PM–06:30PM

Missing something in your life skills tool box? 
Amidst all of the events in the past 20 months, you may feel that you have less capacity to easily tolerate stress than had in the past. 

Join this workshop to review potentially helpful skills and evidence-based strategies that have been demonstrated to reduce physical and emotional responses and may help balance your rational, logical mindset with the more emotional mindset, so you can feel more grounded and centered in your responses and decision making. 

DBT (dialectal behavioral therapy) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) whose primary goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. 

If you are interested in changing some of your behavioral patterns and managing your emotions more effectively, while also treating yourself and others less judgmentally, then this could be helpful to you. 

Open to: MIT undergraduate and graduate students 
Location: Virtual 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Maureen Rezendes, Ph.D., mrezendes@med.mit.edu  

Registration deadline: 12/30/21

Emergency Preparedness for Your Home
Jan/26 Wed 11:00AM–12:00PM

People and families that plan for emergencies will:

  • Help keep people safe;
  • Limit property damage;
  • Know what to do during and after a disaster;
  • Better manage their savings;
  • Support community preparedness; and
  • Help their community get back up and running after a disaster.

Taking simple actions to protect against disaster helps you, your family, your community, and your country in important ways.  This training will help guide you through the initial stages for developing your own resposne plans for your home and loved ones.

Flipping Failure IAP 2022 Workshop Series
Jan/12 Wed 10:00AM–02:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM

Have you ever faced an academic challenge and wished you could share what you learned with peers?

Craft and share your story by joining the Flipping Failure IAP Workshop Series

The workshop series will be a guided process of reflection and discovery to capture and transfigure your unique story. Participants will work with a media artist and a storyteller coach (and past winner of The Moth StorySLAM) to craft their stories into creative audio narratives to be featured in the Flipping Failure website.

To apply, click here

Who should participate

Any undergraduate and graduate student interested in sharing their story of academic challenge, particularly through a creative lens. 

Please note that to establish a close-knit cohort and provide adequate coaching;

  • space is limited to 6 participants.
  • attendance is required for all workshops.

Admitted participants will be notified on a rolling basis. 

We welcome stories of ALL academic challenges. We are also particularly interested in stories that address challenges in navigating professor/advisor relationships, searching for internships and academic jobs, deciding among different career paths (example, industry vs. academia), or balancing work and life. These themes recently emerged as particularly relevant to current MIT undergraduate and graduate students and are ones that are not as well represented on the Flipping Failure site.

 

Duration and time commitment: 

Approximately 9 hours of remote workshop time (over Zoom):

  • WED, 1/12 | 10-2 pm (with lunch break)
  • FRI, 1/14 | 10-12 pm 
  • WED, 1/19 | 10-12 pm 
  • 1-hour individual meeting scheduled at a time that works for you during week of Jan 20-27 (over Zoom)

For more information about this series navigate HERE.

IAP - Decoding Happiness
Jan/18 Tue 11:00AM–12:00PM

While everyone seeks happiness seldom does one find true happiness. 

Modern cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience still find it hard to explain the complete science of happiness. In a world where various companies and advertisements create hope for people to find happiness in their products, happiness is seldom found in those products, while even if found it is short-lived. In such a scenario, it is imperative for a man of intelligence to explore the science of happiness and how to find true happiness. 

Why each individual has a different degree of happiness? Why aren't we happy always to the highest degree? Is there a science to understand happiness? Is there a set of principles that would help us improve the quality and extent of happiness? If these are some of the questions that bother you, join us for a unique enlivening session to explore the timeless Vedic understanding of happiness.

When: 11 am, Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022

RSVP: tinyurl.com/mithappiness

IAP - Yoga Sutras 101
Jan/17 Mon 11:00AM–12:00PM

Yoga Sutras 101 introduces fundamental concepts of yoga principles. This is an introductory workshop is based on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. This practical class presents the fundamental concepts of yoga, the various yoga paths, and practical insights on how to practice yoga. This workshop would also highlight some of the misconceptions of modern yoga systems and how to avoid common pitfalls in practicing yoga. 

Students will be able to learn simple, practical, and effective yoga techniques which can be applied in one's daily living. Join us to deepen your yoga practice and lead a life of joy, peace, and good health. This workshop is offered by the Vaishnava Hindu Chaplain at MIT, Sadananda Dasa, who has been a yoga practitioner for more than a decade.  

When: 11 am, Monday, Jan 17, 2022

RSVP: tinyurl.com/mityogasutras

IAP: How to Become a Personal Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor
Jan/19 Wed 05:30PM–06:30PM

Meet virtually with MIT Recreation's Assistant Fitness Directors to learn how to become a nationally certified Personal Fitness Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor! This event is free, and all are welcome. Registration is required to receive the Zoom Recording and Powerpoint. Zoom link will be sent the morning of the session. Come prepared to learn and move through a 15 minute exercise demonstration.

Credentials:
Josie Wielinski: ACE Personal Trainer, Registered Dietitian, Crossfit/Cycle Certified, Red Cross CPR Instructor Certified
Emily Lin: AFAA Group Exercise/Cycle/Yoga/Personal Trainer Certified, Barre Above Certified, Red Cross CPR Instructor Certified

Registration opens 12/6/21 at this link: https://mit.clubautomation.com/calendar/event-info?id=31618&style=0&isFrame=0  It is free to make a guest account. Email fitness@mit.edu with any questions. 

IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge Virtual Proposal Writing Workshop
Jan/12 Wed 12:30PM–02:00PM

Do you have an idea addressing social and environmental challenges of our day? Then, join the IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge proposal writing workshop to help you formulate a proposal that you can submit to the annual challenge by the deadline on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6 PM EST. 

Labyrinth Lab IAP: Labyrinths and Wellness
Jan/24 Mon 03:00PM–04:00PM

A labyrinth is an ancient tool for stress reduction, wellness, and centering. In this workshop, learn about different ways labyrinths can be used to enhance your health. 

Labyrinth Lab IAP: The Labyrinth's History and Geometry
Jan/10 Mon 03:00PM–04:00PM

A labyrinth is an ancient tool for stress reduction, wellness, and centering. In this workshop, learn about the history of this tool, and what's so special about its geometric elements.

Meditation for Your Wellbeing
Jan/12 Wed 12:10PM–12:40PM

Community Wellness at MIT Medical offers monthly drop-in meditation and relaxation sessions. Sit back and relax - no experience necessary.

The next session will take place on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Registration will open for it on January 13, 2022.

Mycotecture, BioHab, MycoHab and Regenerative Food, Medicine, Materials: A surprisingly digital (r)evolution in agriculture and construction
Jan/28 Fri 12:15PM–03:00PM

Online only with interactive live video of mycotecture techniques.

Dr. Andreas Mershin, director of the MIT Label Free Research Group, hosts key doers in the mycotecture regenerative agriculture and construction materials industries in a series of short presentations and panel Q&A followed by hands-on, live and interactive demonstration of mycotecture techniques by Chris Maurer, via video link to redhouse studios in Cleveland, OH.

Using the exemplar of the BioHab, a joint MIT-SBG-redhouse project currently being deployed in Namibia, architect and founder of redhouse studio Chris Maurer will explain working mycelium methods to reform agriwaste leveraging inflatables to create superior new “bioterials”, self-reproducing buildings, edible and medicinal mushrooms all in one process. Carolyn Cameron-Kirksmith, head of Group Strategic Development of Standard Bank Group and BioHAB will cover Africa’s largest bank continued investment in mco-R&D as well as entrepreneurial deployment directly to market after establishing growing mushrooms operations at BioHab Namibia. We will cover blockchain technologies aiming at accurately tracking product quality and provenance and discuss monetizing carbon sequestration and land stewardship. 

Zoom linkhttps://mit.zoom.us/j/6736844148

Links to additional materials:
www.bio-hab.org
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L0EgAVwZbM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG5fe7AfaPc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9ovt4QaprE&t=422s

No Self, No Problem: A Zen Conversation
Jan/24 Mon 08:00PM–09:00PM

Rev. Takafumi Kawakami, Vice-Abbot, Shunkou-in, Kyoto, Japan.

Nourish Yourself
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–01:45PM

Learn practical skills for mindful and intuitive eating and how these approaches can help alleviate stress around food and increase self-trust and satisfaction at meals. If you like, please bring a small food item or snack for mindful eating practice during the workshop.

This workshop is part of a Wellness Coaching Series for IAP 2022. Register for any or all workshops using the same link. Attendees who complete all three workshops will receive a Wellness Education Certificate for IAP 2022 from Community Wellness at MIT Medical.

Upcoming workshop in this series:

Three Habits of Happiness on January 21

Reboot Your Sleep
Jan/07 Fri 01:00PM–01:45PM

Start the new year by learning strategies to help you reboot your sleep schedule, get the best quality sleep you can, and make getting up in the morning easier. Learn about resources to decrease stress and improve sleep health available from MIT.

This workshop is part of a Wellness Coaching Series for IAP 2022. Register for any or all workshops using the same link. Attendees who complete all three workshops will receive a Wellness Education Certificate for IAP 2022 from Community Wellness at MIT Medical.

Upcoming workshops in this series:

Nourish Yourself on January 14

Three Habits of Happiness on January 21

Restorative Justice: ICEO Community Dialogues
Jan/19 Wed 12:00PM–01:00PM
Transforming Communities, Classrooms and Conflict
 
Restorative justice challenges us to hold ourselves and our communities accountable to cultivating and maintaining the relationships and systems that deeply center our humanity and align with our core values. How can restorative practices be used to not only address interpersonal harm but transform the ways in which we live, work and learn together in service of a more just and equitable society?
 
In this interactive presentation and discussion, participants will be introduced to the indigenous origins and core tenants of restorative justice; its contemporary practices and applications on college campuses, and how it can help us realize our vision for equity, inclusion and belonging. 
 
The session will be led by Nina Harris, Restorative Resolutions Coordinator (Institute Discrimination Harassment & Response).
 
Romantic relationships during the pandemic and beyond
Jan/03 Mon 03:00PM–04:15PM
Jan/10 Mon 03:00PM–04:15PM
Jan/17 Mon 03:00PM–04:15PM
Jan/24 Mon 03:00PM–04:15PM

This four-week workshop will focus on some of the key elements in building healthy relationships. We will consider challenges commonly faced by couples, explore the role of sexuality, discuss recovering from a breakup, and more. Each session will have a didactic part followed by a reflection and discussion part. Participants are welcome to submit questions of personal interest in advance. 

Open to: MIT undergraduate and graduate students 
Location: Virtual 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Maria Minkova, Psy.D., mminkova@med.mit.edu  

registration deadline: 12/30/21

Three Habits of Happiness
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–01:45PM

Three habits - gratitude, self-compassion, and mindfulness practices - can have a positive effect on mood and reduce stress. In this workshop, try some of them out and discover what works for you.

This workshop is part of a Wellness Coaching Series for IAP 2022. Register for any or all workshops using the same link. Attendees who complete all three workshops will receive a Wellness Education Certificate for IAP 2022 from Community Wellness at MIT Medical.

UNBOXING RELIGION: Christian History: A Quick Trip Through 2,000 Years
Jan/25 Tue 02:00PM–03:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Christian History: A Quick Trip Through 2,000 Years

Fr. Michael Medas (Catholic Chaplain), Pastor Andrew Heisen (Lutheran Chaplain) and Deacon James Wilcox (Saint Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Jews and Judaism 101
Jan/26 Wed 12:00PM–01:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

 

Jews and Judaism 101

Rabbi Menachem Altein (Jewish Chaplain, Chabad)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: The Bahá’í Faith
Jan/27 Thu 07:00PM–08:30PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

The Bahá’í Faith

Brian Aull (Bahá’í Chaplain)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Understanding Hinduism
Jan/28 Fri 02:00PM–03:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Understanding Hinduism

Swami Tyagananda (Hindu Chaplain)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Understanding Islam and Muslims
Jan/26 Wed 04:00PM–05:30PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Understanding Islam and Muslims

Sister Nada El-Alami (Muslim Chaplain)

Registration Link

(also offered: Thurs. 1/13 12:00-1:30 and Tues. 1/18 2:00-3:30)

West Coast Swing
Jan/20 Thu 07:30PM–09:30PM
Jan/27 Thu 07:30PM–09:30PM

Come learn some West Coast Swing steps this IAP with MIT Ballroom Dance Club! Our classes are free, fun, energetic and suitable for beginners! No partner or special attire needed, but MIT Covid Pass required for participation

When your relationship with food, weight, and body image are in conflict with your values
Jan/20 Thu 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 02:00PM–04:00PM

Do you feel that you are frequently thinking about food, your weight, or your body image? When we are so focused on these things, we often miss important aspects of life in front of us. We might also find that we are unable to participate in meaningful activities for fear of how they may affect these concerns. If we continue to maintain our focus on these eating and body concerns, what else might we be missing in our lives? In this two-part workshop we will identify individual values you may use to move towards a more meaningful life.

Open to: MIT undergraduate and graduate students 
Location: Virtual 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Christina Brothers, L.ICSW, cbrothers@med.mit.edu

registration deadline: 1/17/2022