Check out these Grad Minds workshops


Grad Minds Workshop: Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience 

Those who are finding it difficult to manage stress may require a more rapid approach to alleviate the overwhelming emotions as opposed to traditional meditation techniques. This is especially true for students who are bombarded with busy and demanding schedules. Students who seek out mental health support often do so at a time when anxiety and stress are at their peak. This workshop introduces a mindfulness training that was developed as a trauma informed program for people who are in urgent need of mental health support but cannot tolerate mindfulness programs that require long periods of sitting meditation.  

Date: Tuesday, December 1st @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM 

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Grad Minds Power Yoga Vinyasa Class with Gabrielle Forget 

Gabrielle’s Zoom Power Yoga classes with Grad Minds are Power Yoga vinyasa classes, with a short meditation at the beginning or the end. These classes are designed for all levels and for everybody. No matter whether you have never practiced yoga before, or if you have been practicing for years, all are welcome! In a Power Yoga class, you will move, breathe, flow, sweat, challenge yourself, and become stronger. Take the class at your own pace, and modify, upgrade, or take breaks as needed. These 60-minute classes allow you to step out of your day and onto your mat for an hour of movement, mindfulness, and fun! For more info about Gabrielle, click here. Registration is required for this event. Please register using the Eventbrite link. 

Date: Monday, December 7th @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

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Coping Skills Workshop: Balanced Thinking 

Student Life at the University of Toronto will be hosting a Balanced Thinking workshop on Tuesday, December 1st that focuses on strategies to re-establish balance in your life, allowing you to complete tasks while also having time to do things that help you feel less stress.  

Date: Tuesday, December 1st @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM  

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Relaxing Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga 

The Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto is hosting a relaxing class that combines basic yoga, stretching, and mindfulness to soothe aching bodies and calm busy moinds. Bring a firm pillow, large bath towel and a yoga strap or belt to enhance your practice. No experience necessary.   

Date: Tuesday, December 1st @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM  

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Grad Minds Yoga Class with Josh 
Join the UTGSU Grad Minds Team on Wednesday, December 2nd for a free Facebook Live yoga class! The class is led by certified yoga instructor Josh Cooper who will lead you through a restorative Hatha Flow Yoga class. All levels are welcome. The yoga class will be live-streamed on the Grad Minds Facebook page. These classes will run through the semester every Wednesday so don’t forget to check them out! 

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
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Mindful Eating: Food and Mood 

Student Life at the University of Toronto is hosting an event that mindfully explores healthy eating and how our relationship with food can affect our mood. With the help of a registered dietitian, you will learn how to translate Canada’s Food Guide into a useful nutrition tool, learning ways to pace and plan meals and integrate healthy snacks.  

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd @ 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 

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Grad Escape: Snowflake Social 

To all University of Toronto grad students: Whether you love winter or just want a study break, attend the online Gradlife Snowflake Social and create some fun DIY snowflake decor with fellow grads. All you need are paper and scissors, and your friendly Gradlife Ambassador will guide you through different snowflake designs.  

Date: Thursday, December 3rd @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

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Working towards our goal to promote advocacy towards mental health awareness, our mission states, “Mental health conversations are essential; we can’t be silent anymore. Our aim is to diminish the shame and stigma that surrounds mental health.” To help achieve this goal, we are asking the graduate students to share their personal experiences of what it’s like to be in graduate school/academia. All submissions are anonymous.  


COVID-19 Resource Page 

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched each and everyone one of us in many aspects and varying degrees. Grad Minds is dedicated to providing you with the necessary resources that aid in the coping, mitigation, and alleviation of emotional distress during these times. Be sure to check out our new COVID-19 resource page on our website! 


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