‘Community Fridays’ program at UHLC promotes personal growth and well-being

Yoga

A six-week series of “Community Friday” programs begins tomorrow with a yoga class similar to sessions held at the Law Center in recent years to help students relieve the stress of finals.

Sept. 2, 2014 – The University of Houston Law Center on Friday kicks off a six-week series of programs titled “Community Fridays” designed to improve student wellness and encourage interaction with classmates.

“Students have lives outside the Law Center that often affect their academic success and their mental and emotional well-being,” Dean Leonard M. Baynes said in supporting the program organized by Associate Dean Lonny Hoffman in response to a suggestion from Professor Meredith Duncan. “Community Fridays is designed to engage all facets of each student’s identity.  It will empower the students by providing them with the tools to succeed in law school and ultimately in practice while at the same time achieving focus, balance and stability in their lives.”

Each Friday morning program will have a distinct focus and will be co-hosted by a variety of student organizations.

The inaugural session includes a one-hour yoga class starting at 9 a.m. at YogaOne Studios, 3030 Travis St., followed by a Mindfulness Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon led by Professor Katerina Lewinbuk. The workshop will show how mindfulness concepts, such as awareness, non-judgment, patience, acceptance, and letting go can be used to develop better habits and well-being.  Mindfulness training is rapidly advancing as a mainstream skill for lawyers and law students. The day’s program wraps up with a community lunch.

Future Community Fridays will deal with identity, work balance, and personal and mental health. The program will conclude with a community service day.

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