Student leads departmental self-care initiative


CHP Student Beth Kacel has initiated a weekly mindfulness and gentle yoga meeting for the department

Kacel, a longtime practitioner of mindfulness meditation and a certified yoga instructor, is hoping to share the principles of yogic philosophy with CHP as a vehicle for self-care and to create a calming space for students, staff, and faculty to release stress associated with the demands of research productivity and clinical practice. Prior to moving to Gainesville, Kacel worked as a research coordinator and yoga instructor on two R01s investigating the efficacy of mind-body interventions, and she hopes to encourage ongoing dialogue regarding the role of stress and mindfulness in the lives of professionals and patients. For the remainder of Fall semester 2015, the class will meet every Tuesday from 12:10 to 12:50pm in the HPNP 3rd Floor Conference Room (3170).