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WELL 22 W — The Mindful Path to Health and Happiness: Science and Practice

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Jan 23—Feb 17
Refund Deadline: Jan 26
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Maryam Kia-Keating
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Flex Online(About Formats)
Jan 23—Feb 17
4 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 26
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Maryam Kia-Keating
Scientific evidence demonstrates that mindfulness, meditation, and yoga can positively impact physical and mental health. These practices can enhance sleep, expand our capacity for emotion regulation, and improve overall well-being. Mindfulness can help individuals create balance, find a calm center in the midst of upheaval, obtain a peak performance mindset, and take a compassionate, empathic stance in the world.

In this course, students will learn about the science of mindfulness and techniques to restore physiological and psychological equilibrium when faced with stress and demand. Each week, we will examine the empirical evidence supporting mindfulness practices as well as practice specific exercises that can be integrated into everyday routines. Topics will include the roots of mindfulness, the health impacts of trauma and toxic stress, types of coping strategies, and how the alignment of values and purpose can lead to a more fulfilling, enriched life. The course will draw on research from the fields of clinical and positive psychology, neuroscience, and integrative medicine.

At the end of the course, you will create a personal practice plan that will include a central mantra and Drishti (focus), your key values and sense of purpose, and an outline for integrating learned mindfulness practices into your everyday life. The knowledge and skills gained will help you on the path toward thriving and fulfillment.

Professor, Clinical Psychology, UC Santa Barbara

Maryam Kia-Keating is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Power of Drishti, offering a unique blend of meditation and music. She received an MEd in risk and prevention from Harvard and a PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University. She completed her clinical and postdoctoral training at UC San Diego.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.