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Embodied Health

Mind-body Education Development Yoga

Embodied Health is a medical school elective taught at Boston University School of Medicine by Heather Mason and created in conjunction with Veena Ugargol. This spring course is directed towards first and second year medical students providing insight into the benefits of yoga and mindfulness. Integrating experiential and academic learning, this elective investigates the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying the curative properties of mind-body practices. The course will examines the role of stress in health including its relationship to disease, yogic and mindfulness strategies to reduce stress in future doctors, and basic stress reducing practices that can be taught to patients alongside traditional bio-medicine.

The major objectives of the course include:

  1. Promoting student wellness by reducing stress, cultivating resiliency to stress, enhancing well-being, and nurturing empathy.
  2. Offering a subjective and experiential context for aspects of the medical curriculum including but not limited to neuroscience.
  3. Disseminating cutting edge information on the efficacy of mind-practice beyond what is available in the current curriculum.
  4. Promoting student community.
  5. Appreciating the profound relationship between mental and physical heal

Embodied Health Team
The embodied health programme was developed by Heather Mason and Veena Ugargol Four wonderfully enthusiastic and committed Boston University School of medicine medical students Emily Holick, Caroline Mullin, Stephanie Shaw and Allison Bond make up the embodied health team. As well as providing valuable input and feedback to inform the delivery of the programme they devote time to spread the word about embodied health, keen that their fellow med students are able to easily access the programme.

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Emily Holick

How did I start yoga? It was completely spontaneous. I grew up thinking “yoga is for sissys.” As a college athlete I thought the only
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Caroline Mullin

Caroline Mullin, a 2nd year medical student at Boston University (BU), has been practicing yoga for over 3 years. Although Caroline
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Stephanie Shaw

Stephanie started yoga to help alleviate stress during her college years at the University of Illinois. She was immediately hooked on
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Allison Bond

Allison Bond, MA, is a second-year medical student at Boston University and originally hails from the snowy tundra of Minnesota
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