UAMS Mindfulness Program to Offer Online Meditation Courses

By News Staff

Four courses are being offered this fall. Each course lasts four weeks, with one 75-minute class each week. Upcoming course dates include:

  • 11:30 a.m., Sept. 6-27 (in-person)
  • 5:15 p.m., Sept. 11- Oct. 2 (online)
  • 7 p.m., Oct. 2-23 (BIPOC online)
  • 9 a.m., Oct. 7-28 (online)

The course, called Koru Mindfulness, is an introduction to mindfulness meditation and stress management skills. These skills help participants fully experience life moment-to-moment with kindness and without judgment. It helps participants learn to increase self-compassion while finding balance in life.

The sessions are being offered online and in-person. The online courses will be taught over the Zoom platform, while the location of the in-person class will be on the UAMS campus.

The Oct. 2-23 course is the program’s second mindfulness course for Black, Indigenous and people of color. The UAMS Mindfulness Program is committed to introducing mindfulness into the lives of everyone within the UAMS community and across Arkansas by offering courses that are relatable and accessible.

The UAMS Mindfulness Program’s certified instructors have taught Koru Mindfulness to students, faculty and trainees at UAMS since 2017. Now, the course is also available to the public.

The course is donation based with suggested amounts on the program’s website. There also is a fee of $3.99 for the Koru Mindfulness app of guided meditations, which participants will continue to be able to access after the course is complete.

To register, visit If cost is a major barrier to participation, a scholarship policy is available to avoid turning away anyone with a genuine interest. For questions contact the program at

Koru Mindfulness is a popular and widely used program on many college campuses in the United States. It was developed by Holly Rogers, M.D., a psychiatrist from the Duke University Student Counseling Center, and her colleagues. It is now an independent organization with hundreds of teachers worldwide.

Elements taught in the course include:

  • Breath Meditation
  • Belly Breathing
  • Dynamic Breathing
  • Body Scan
  • Walking Meditation
  • Gatha Meditation
  • Guided Imagery
  • Labeling of Thoughts
  • Eating Meditation
  • Labeling of Feelings

These courses will be taught by certified Koru Mindfulness teachers from UAMS. Additional courses and dates with our other certified instructors will be announced on the website. Pele Yu, M.D., directs the UAMS Mindfulness Program.

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