Congratulations to all who completed the First Annual Dean's Challenge.  After tallying the scorecards, the Wellness Initiative is proud to announce that participants put in over 700 hours of wellness activity.

The top 20 finishers are listed in order below:

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On Monday, February 23, students and professors gathered in the courtroom at noon for a yoga session. Emily Stewart, recently returned from instructor training in India, led the group in Sivananda yoga exercises. She is also the wife of student Chris Stewart. Emily currently teaches private classes in Lexington. 

At the session, participants learned about the rich tradition of Sivananda yoga and its five-point philosophy founded on breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking. Participants also tried some breathing, sun salutation, and relaxation exercises.

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Classes, and Dean's Challenge programs, were canceled Monday & Tuesday February 16-17 and Thursday & Friday 19-20. Snowed in participants could still earn points for exercise by shoveling their way out, but the weather has certainly put a damper on enthusiasm for exercise and wellness this week.

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Picture of Tatiana sitting next to the compliment board where participants have pinned their compliments

In an effort to share some love around the building, the Wellness Initiative organized "Coffee & Compliments". This event took place Friday, February 13, in the morning. Students, faculty, and staff were invited to write down a compliment for someone else at the law school and pin it to the compliment board. As an incentive, they could then help themselves to a free cup of Starbucks coffee. 

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Paul Geiger, a graduate student in Psychology, visited the College of Law on Thursday, February 12 to teach students about the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Geiger spoke about the benefits of mindfulness: increased awareness of the present moment, learning to be non-judgmental, and reducing stress.

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