Das (seated in white) directing an iMeditate session at the Nature Centre in Humber’s North campus Arboretum. Weekly sessions are held Thursday afternoons. COURTESTY PHOTO BY SANJUKTA DAS
iMeditate Humber is a college-wide initiative aimed at empowering students and faculty in the Humber community to better themselves by recharging body and mind through meditation.
The initiative is facilitated by Sanjukta Das, the Humber Business School placement advisor. She is also an international teacher of the Art of Living Foundation, conducting workshops for stress management through breathing techniques and meditation.
“Meditation is a source of deep rest and when the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm, serene and at peace, meditation happens. The benefits of meditation are manifold — it is an essential practice for mental hygiene,” said Das.
Sonia Embree, the assistant program head of Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber, began attending iMeditate this past June and she hasn’t missed a class since starting.
“You learn different breathing techniques, which is good for raising and shifting your energy and focusing your mind,” Embree said.
Das teaches students a number of breathing techniques, such as the Victory Breath, is constricted breathing which focuses on respiration and has a settling effect on the central nervous system while increasing mental alertness and clarity –making it very effective for those suffering from anxiety and depression.
“I have used the breathing techniques I learned outside of the seminars. They have allowed me to find clarity of thought and be much more focused,” said Embree.
“Students learn techniques that will help them focus more in exams and in lectures and how to eliminate what is unwanted and what is important,” said Das.
Humber Alumni, Ranjith Kumar, is also a frequent attendee of iMeditate and has found he feels a greater peace in his life.
“From the weekly sessions, I have learned that your thoughts become feelings and your feelings become positive actions. When you feel a greater peace, you will go to school or work feeling positive, which will make the environment a safer and happier place for everyone,” Kumar said.
“To be unconditionally happy and to have peace of mind, we need to tap into the power of meditation,” Das said. “Students and staff will be able to perform more dynamically, hence, students may achieve greater academic success through education delivered by faculty that are recharged through meditation.”
For students and faculty that are interested in the iMeditate initiative at Humber, there are weekly sessions held in the Arboretum, Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m., at no cost.