Living Well @ Western
June Wellness BINGO
Adopt and practice healthy habits to improve your wellbeing across the seven domains of wellness. Complete tasks and submit your notice of completion to email@example.com by Monday, July 12th for your chance to win our monthly prize. Participants will also receive up to 100 points for our Internal Wellness Rewards program! Download your bingo sheet (accessible version).
Live Fitness and Fun Classes and Recorded Versions
Classes will be held through Zoom. Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date to accommodate any conflicts in scheduling. Interested in staying up-to-date with programming changes? Send us an email to request being added to our mailing list.
This activity class focuses on breath control, mindfulness, and adopting specific postures to promote relaxation and improve the health of the mind, body, and spirit. Namaste.
When: Mondays from 12:05-12:45 PM; January 11-August 30
Zoom ID: 916-8055-8072
Instructor: Cassie Ellis
Additional Recorded Sessions Available for Viewing: October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16, November 23, November 30, December 7, January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8, February 22, March 1, March 8 , March 15, March 22, March 29, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28. July 5, July 12
This high-energy aerobic fitness class features movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. You are guaranteed to have fun while improving coordination, balance, strength, and heart health.
When: Tuesdays from 12:00-12:45 PM; January 12–August 31
Zoom ID: 932-8431-2460
Instructors: Angelica Lucaci
Join Melissa on Tuesday evenings for a 40 minute practice. We’ll start with a meditation or embodiment practice. This will give you a chance to release the day’s events, come back into your body and the present moment, and breathe. From there, we’ll move into 1 or 2 restorative yoga postures. We’ll hold these postures for 5 -10 minutes each, so having blankets and pillows handy can be really supportive. If you have yoga blocks or bolsters those work, but are not necessary. Finally, we’ll end with a delicious savasana. The goal is to leave the session feeling a little lighter, more grounded, and ready for a great night sleep. This is a great gift to give yourself at the end of the week.
When: Tuesdays from 8:30-9:10 PM; June 1-Aug 31
Zoom ID: 98575102349
Instructor: Melissa Ostrowski
Need a break? Join us for a quick 10-15 minute stretch from the comfort of your home or office. We will lead you through a full-body stretch that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
When: Wednesdays 10:15-10:30 AM; April 7-July 28
Zoom ID: 98948481161
Instructor: Adam Craig
This activity class focuses on improving posture, balance, coordination, strength and breath control by practicing a series of physical postures. Use the power of positive thinking to develop harmony in the body, mind, and environment. Namaste.
When: Thursdays from 12:10-12:50 PM; January 14-August 26
Zoom ID: 970-5982-4327
Instructor: Melissa Ostrowski
Additional Recorded Sessions Available for Viewing: October 29, November 5, November 12, November 26, December 3, December 10, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, March 4, March 18, April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3
Using her unique storytelling approach, Ariana will focus on functional movement patterns such as squatting, hingeing, lunging, pushing, pulling, and twisting. By learning and engaging proper form in your workouts, you will reduce your risk of injury while performing everyday tasks - such as lunging to tie your shoe, squatting to lift a box, pulling a heavy door closed, or pushing it open. Plus, these types of movements use multiple muscles at once, so you are getting an effective and efficient workout while strengthening your body holistically. Come train with Ariana and let's put the "FUN" back in "functional".
Instructor: Ariana Crispin-Frei
This low-impact form of exercise aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Pilates moves tend to target the core, but manages to engage muscles throughout the entire body!
When: Fridays from 12:00-12:40 PM; February 5-February 26
Instructor: Jenny Goldberg
Grab your supplies and join us for guided lessons that will tap into your artistic side! In this workshop, we will explore accessible abstract techniques and experiment with colour, form, line and texture to create our own art installation!
Materials Needed: 2-3 small canvases (12"x12"), pallet knife (or small flat-edge knife/cafe lifter), acrylic paint (6-8 colours including black and white), one large (2") brush and two smaller brushes, cup of water for cleaning, painter's tape or masking tape, string, scrap paper (minimum letter size), textured/ribbed objects you'd like to experiment with, drop sheet or newspaper
Instructor: Kristina Bell
Recorded Sessions Available for Viewing: November 17 (landscape painting)
Take a break! Winter Wellness week is all about taking the time to focus on your personal wellness. Join Hayden over the lunch-hour break as he performs original pieces, in addition to covers from Marvin Gaye and Chris Stapleton. Sit back, relax and unwind.
Zoom ID: 957-0809-5367
When: Thursday, February 11th; 12-1PM
Musician: Hayden Glenn Wakefield
10-Minute Wellness Break Videos
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- Find and select the .ics file that you downloaded (files located at bottom of class description)
Wellness Champions Network
Are you passionate about health and wellness? Do you believe in a holistic approach and understand the importance of developing a sound body, mind and spirit? Have great ideas on how to engage your colleagues? Sign up to be a wellness champion for your department and help us spread wellness across campus.
Videos from Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
These two videos were presentations made and recorded during Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2021. Enjoy!
Dr. Peter Lemon, Director of the Exercise Nutrition Research Laboratory at Western University highlights the connection between nutrition and mental health,while providing practical tips to improve your well-being.
safeTalk and ASIST are two standardized training programs developed by LivingWorks and offered at Western by Western University staff. The full safeTALK s a 3-hour suicide alertness training program that introduces participants to the subject and helps you to recognize individuals needing assistance. ASIST is suicide intervention skills training that takes place over two consecutive days with a minimum of 14 hours. Join Western staff members Rebecca Smith and Leslie Gloor Duncan, for our 30-minute introduction to safeTALK and ASIST. Western hopes to be able to resume offering safeTALK and ASIST programs in the summer of 2021. In the meantime, this video will provide an introduction to the programs, and to other online resources that are available.
Additional Sources and Resources
Looking for ways to stay active while staying at home and working on social distancing? Sports and Recreation wants our Mustangs to be able to stay active, so our Western Campus Recreation Fitness is going LIVE on Instagram @Western_Rec with daily classes.
Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
Your Employee (and family) Assistance Plan is called LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell). Visit the LifeWorks EAP web page for details on all the services, supports and resources available to you and your family. Services include counselling which is available by phone, videoconference, secure email and chat.
The London-Middlesex chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH) offers a number of free workshops and events every month. Choose from activities like mindfulness, mood walks and wellness talks.
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Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale – the most popular class in the university's 300-year history – Dr. Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share inspiring stories. There are 21 episodes to choose from, including bonus episodes related to the Coronavirus.
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