MIT Culture

Mark di Suvero sculpture in foreground, Gehry's Stata Center in background. Photo: Christopher Harting

One of our greatest resources is the fact that we’re at MIT. Universally acknowledged as one of the premier educational institutions in the world, MIT is permeated by an atmosphere of infectious, free-wheeling creativity, sometimes making a simple walk down the hall an adventure in inspiration.

The campus itself, stretching for more than a mile along the Charles River, is a living museum of landmark buildings by some of the world’s most famous designers and features an impressive collection of public art by world-renowned artists. It is also one of the largest single wireless networks in the world, meaning you can spend lots of time in cafés and still get your work done.

The faculty, students and staff represent an unparalleled range of cultures and backgrounds from all around the globe, and MIT’s dedication to addressing real-world problems offers students access to a world far beyond its corridors.

Best of all, MIT is a true meritocracy, where people from all walks of life are recognized entirely on the basis of their work. Relationships among professors and students are on a first-name basis and students enjoy an enormous amount of freedom to pursue individual interests.

SA+P Wellness Programs


Ways to be WELL at MIT: SA+P-sponsored wellness courses for fall 2017.

Yoga & Mindfulness - 12:40pm to 1:40pm
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Drop-In Meditation-12:10-12:30pm Long Lounge 7-429

Koru Mindfulness - 12pm- 1:15pm
4-week course - must attend all sessions - register at
Drop-In Meditation - 5:15pm - 5:45pm 9-255

Yoga & Mindfulness - 6pm - 7:15pm
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Group  Health Coaching  -  7:30pm - 8:30pm*
6-week course - must attend all sessions - register at
Sessions start the week of September 11, 2017 - space is limited so register early!
All are welcome to participate, however certain sessions are limited so be sure to sign up early. Participation will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Feel free to sign up for as many of the “Yoga & Mindfulness” sessions as you’d like, however please be aware of the fact that if you sign up please make every effort to attend as this reduces the opportunity for others to participate.

Cost: Sponsored by Dean Hashim Sarkis

Course Descriptions:

Yoga & Mindfulness
Yoga and mindfulness are both paths to becoming more grounded and present in your day-to-day life. In this class, you will learn how to use your embodiment as an anchor - a way to find peace and inner strength during busy and difficult times. We begin with basic standing and seated poses, and build up over time to the full range of Iyengar yoga asana which includes twists and inversions. Begin your journey of bringing healthy movement to your joints and calming your mind. Stiff bodies, beginners, or advanced all are welcome! Limited mats and props provided; wear comfortable clothing.

Koru Mindfulness
Koru is a 4-week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness. Mindfulness is about developing the ability to be fully attentive to all of the moments of your life, reducing the amount of time you spend worrying about the future or fretting about the past. Participants learn a variety of skills, including awareness of breath meditation (belly breathing), guided imagery, walking meditation, the body scan and more. Each of these skills is designed to help participants manage stress and enrich their lives.

Change for Good: Creating the Healthy Life You Want (Group Health Coaching for Students)
In this 6-week program, participants bring their own agenda and work on whatever goals they choose (e.g. better sleep, weight loss, becoming  more active, increasing energy/focus, getting organized).   The class  provides opportunities, for reflection, and teaches how to break down goals into realistic, incremental weekly experiments. Ashley provides the tools, structure, and guidance and the group provides accountability and support. Each class incorporates evidence-based tools to support the process of change (mindfulness practices, journal writing exercises, goal setting and coaching psychology). Ashley teaches participants that they CAN take charge of their own wellbeing!

*Note that “Group Health Coaching” is limited to students only.

Yoga and mindfulness are both paths to becoming more grounded and present in your day-to-day life.  You will learn how to use your embodiment as an anchor - a way to find peace and inner strength during busy and difficult times.  Join us to calm your mind, bring healthy movement to your joints and muscles, manage stress and take charge of your own wellbeing.  Stiff bodies, beginners, or advanced all are welcome!  A limited number of mats provided; wear comfortable clothing.

All classes are led by Ashley Norwood, a certified Wellness Coach, a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Practitioner and certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Therapist. Ashley teaches mindfulness courses, group health coaching classes and yoga classes for a variety of clients including Harvard University Health Services, MIT Medical and Harvard Vanguard/Atrius Health. Find out more at

Questions or concerns? Contact Dineen Doucette, Manager of Finance and Human Resources Administration at SA+P, dineend@MIT.EDU.