SOM Mindfulness Program

MBA students at the Simmons School of Management incorporate mindfulness as part of their studies to enhance focus, increase inner awareness and bring more balance to their lives. As women about to embark on business careers, they found the Mindfulness for Leadership Development Program to be a powerful tool for developing a deeper sense of trust in their decision-making, for finding more clarity in their goals and being able to think more strategically.

With so many major industries undertaking mindfulness as a regular practice, these women will be able to present their mindfulness training as an additional asset in their hiring and in their roles as manager.

To be whole, to be centered, to be focused in the present– these are prerequisites to leadership, but they are so hard to achieve. This week I have been doing job search interviews, and the mindfulness class has really helped me to be more open and resilient. The business teaching that you have added to our exercises makes this feel like solutions oriented yoga. The feeling of competence lingered with me throughout the week, and doing some slow breaths puts me immediately in a problem solving mind frame.  Joanna Tyson, MBA Candidate, Simmons College

For the first time…probably in 4 years…I slept like a rock. (I track my sleep cycles with an app and pedometer that does it–I have PLM or restless legs and it’s hard to find restful sleep!). Last night’s sleep efficiency was 100%.  Sarah Nevada-Meyers, Instructional Designer, Boston Medical

Thank you for making this opportunity available to us. I found our last class useful to reflect on areas in my life where by over-extending myself I am losing the strength in my balance. I found that there were a few positions last week where I did experience this and it is forcing me to think about where this might be happening in my professional and personal life.  Halani Foulsham, MBA Candidate, Simmons College

I greatly enjoy our classes and leave feeling much more grounded. This has enabled me to be clearer and more efficient in my work.  I appreciate, Gail, how you connect yoga postures to real life work scenarios. That has been very helpful and empowering.  Beth Pilgrim, MBA Candidate, Simmons College

10 Responses to SOM Mindfulness Program

  1. Fern says:

    The Mindfulness program helps physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have a stronger sense of my abilities after completing the exercises, and Gail’s gentle guidance keeps us on track. Additional practice helps to solidify self-reminders and encourages positive focus. Not only does this help with coursework and career, but also with physical ailments. For example, I find that my physical therapy exercises for my knee are so much more effective, for days, after a session with Gail!

  2. Olga says:

    Dear Gail,

    Thank you for offering such a wonderful program to us at the SOM! I really looked forward to Thursday afternoons because your course never failed to leave me feeling relaxed and centered afterwards. I have even applied some of the concepts and poses in my “real” life!

    Thank you again and Namaste 🙂

  3. Carolyn Fitzpatrick says:

    Thank you very much for testing out the Mindfulness for Leaders program here at the SOM. As a full-time student, I find it difficult to get in “me” time, to just quiet my mind or to get some exercise time in; I’m sure the same can be said about executives working full-time too. After every session, I felt relaxed and rejuvenated, and I found it especially helpful when I was stressed about upcoming papers I had to write, lengthy readings I had to complete, or most especially it was helpful just before finals week.

    Thank you again, and I hope that the SOM can subsidize this program for us and add it as something extra for students!

  4. joanna tyson says:

    To be whole, to be centered, to be focused in the present– these are prerequisites to leadership, but they are so hard to achieve. This week I have been doing job search interviews, and the mindfulness class has really helped me to be more open and resilient. The business teaching that you have added to our exercises makes this feel like solutions oriented yoga. The feeling of competence lingered with me throughout the week, and doing some slow breaths puts me immediately in a problem solving mind frame.
    Thanks Gail! Thanks Class!

  5. Beth P says:

    Hi Gail. I really enjoyed the class and felt much more grounded afterwards. I appreciated how you connected our yoga postures to real life scenarios in work. That was very helpful. Breaking practice has been good.

  6. Halani says:

    Similar to the other sentiment expressed, thank you for making this opportunity available to us. I found our last class useful to reflect on areas in my life where by over-extending myself I am losing the strength in my balance. I found that there were a few positions last week where I did experience this and it is forcing me to think about where this might be happening in my professional and personal life.

    I look forward to tomorrow’s class!

  7. HCF says:

    Hi Gail,

    Just as the others wrote, thank you for making this opportunity available to us. I really appreciate how you’ve tied in some of the challenges we might be facing in our own lives and how this can be reflected in some of the more difficult positions we practiced last week. I’ve found it useful to think about where positions of extending myself can potentially lead to losing the strength of my balance. I’ll continue to think about how I might be experiencing this is my own professional and personal experiences.

    See you tomorrow!

  8. Mei says:

    Thanks Gail, It is very good class to find the balance physically and mentally. Keep Practice!

  9. Fern says:

    Thank you, Gail, for offering this program to SOM students. I found it very valuable, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I had carried a heavy book bag to the session and found the exercises and meditation relaxed my sore muscles. And, I had a job interview the next day and believe that I stood a little taller and was able to communicate with more confidence than I would have otherwise. I look forward to the next meetings and hope to carve out time to work on the Post Session Exercises in between!

  10. Hilary says:

    Thanks Gail. Getting to experience YogaUnbound’s Mindfulness for Leadership Development has been a wonderful experience. The commitment of the MBA students to meditation has been inspiring. And, seeing how they engaged the yoga poses to simulate challenges in their lives validates all that you and I have experienced in our yoga practice.

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