Living Well @ Western


Wellness Events Calendar

Visit the Western-wide Wellness Events Calendar for a list of activities across campus.

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Living Well @ Western provides free wellness activities intended to maintain or improve employee well-being. 

Upcoming Activities

Yoga Tuesdays with Tracy

Join in for Yoga with Tracy Ishmael every Tuesday* in September, October and November, 2022. 
When: Tuesdays, 12:10-12:50 p.m.
- September - outdoor on the green at McIntosh Gallery – in the event of inclement weather Alumni Hall Room 15
- October and November - Alumni Hall Room 15
*No classes on October 18, November 1 (for Convocation)
Book your spot online now and be sure to collect your Wellness Reward points

Live Music Coffeehouse

Take a break! What better way to spend the lunch-hour than listening to music by some of the best talents Western has to offer, while having some provided refreshments and snacks? Hayden Glenn Wakefield is majoring in Popular Music Studies with a Minor in English Language and Literature. His style of music is R&B and folk. Come and enjoy! 
When: Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: UC Hill Tent
Visit the registration webpage to secure your spot and to earn Internal Wellness Rewards Points.

Farmers' Market

Every Tuesday is the Farmers Market!  This will continue to the end of September. What a great way to be outside in our beautiful campus, connect with colleagues and support local!
When: Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Where: Kent Drive North outside  the McIntosh Gallery
What: Some of the things you may find:
- Fresh local produce
- Ontario wines
- Local honey and maple syrup 
- Baked goods
- Craft vendors
- Fresh cut flowers and more!

The Angry Goose also joins the market every Tuesday.  Purchase lunch and receive a $5 market voucher. 

Wellness Walks!

When: Every Thursday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Where: Meet at the Biological & Geological Sciences Building (BGS)

Take a break and get outside for some fresh air! Join Ben Souriol every Thursday at 11AM for an hour-long walk through the various trails and walking paths on campus. If you can't commit to the full hour, no problem! There are opportunities along the route to return back to the office.

Dress appropriately for the weather, as walks may continue through foul weather. Regular participants are encouraged to email Ben - - to be placed on a mailing list in the event of a cancellation or time change.  This is a great way to explore campus, connect with nature, meet new colleagues and improve your overall well-being.

Previously Recorded Activities

Introduction to Yoga

This 40-minute activity class with instructor Tracy focuses on breath control, mindfulness, and adopting specific postures to promote relaxation and improve the health of the mind, body, and spirit. Namaste.

Recordings: May 3, 2022January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8February 15, February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29Chair Yoga (40 min.), Chair Yoga V1 (10 min.), Chair Yoga V2 (13 min.), Chair Yoga V3 (11 min.)

Mobility for Better Mentality

The class combines multiple methods of stretching and movement patterns to increase flexibility, stability, and improve pain management. 

Recorded Sessions: May 10, 2022February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3.

Yoga with Cassie

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.

Recorded SessionsOctober 26, November 2, November 9, November 16, November 23, November 30, December 7, January 11, January 18January 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, July 19, July 26, August 9, August 16, August 30, 2021.

Guided Meditation with Dr. J

Dr. Tanaz Javan will guide you through a set of techniques intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. Take a well-deserved break to focus on your emotional and spiritual well-being.

Recorded Sessions: January 24; January 31; February 7; February 14; February 28; March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 410-Minutes of Mindfulness.


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.

Recorded Sessions:  October 27, November 3, November 24, December 1, December 8, March 9.

Release, Restore, and Rest

Instructor Melissa Ostrowski will start with a meditation or embodiment practice, giving you the 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 day.

Recorded Sessions:  June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, August 3, August 17

Yoga with Melissa

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.

Recorded Sessions: October 29, November 5,  November 12, November 26, December 3, December 10, January 21, January 28February 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, June 10June 24July 8July 15, July 22, August 5, August 12, August 19

FUN!ctional Fitness

Using her unique storytelling approach, instructor Ariana Crispin-Frei 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". 

Recorded Sessions: February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21


This low-impact form of exercise with Instructor Jenny Goldberg 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!  

Recorded Sessions: February 5, February 12, February 19

10-Minute Wellness Break Videos

Previously Recorded Wellness Presentations and Activities

Art Workshops

Western Coffeehouse

Take a break, grab a warm beverage and enjoy music performed by talented Western students. 

Previously Recorded Session: November 25 (Darty), December 9 (Janelle), December 23 (Rachael), February 11 (Hayden)


Workshop delivered by Kelsey Sick and Vanessa Coulbeck, graduate students working under Dr. Eva Pila at the Body Image and Health Lab within the school of Kinesiology at Western.  Watch Self-Compassion video.

Hygge: The Art of Creating Coziness

This session explores the Danish philosophy of Hygge and the benefits of creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Grab your favourite warm beverage, light a candle, grab a blanket and enjoy! Presentation delivered by Michelle from CHMA.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Huron Hygge for more information and opportunities.

View Hygge video

Connecting with Environmental Wellness at Western

Jessica Cordes and Evan Green (Office of Sustainability) review past accomplishments, current and future initiatives and examine the various ways that employees can improve their environmental well-being and get involved at Western.  View Connecting with Environmental Wellness at Western video.

Lifestyle Choices and Mental Health

Dr. Peter Lemon, Director of the Exercise Nutrition Research Laboratory at Western University highlights the connection between nutrition, physical activity and mental health,while providing practical tips to improve your well-being. View Lifestyle Choices and Mental Health video.

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