Koru Mindfulness - Mindfulness for Millennials

By Kaylen Hagadorn, LCSW

Often when we hear or think about the common practice of mindfulness, what we're thinking about is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) model created in the 1990s. Traditional mindfulness courses encourage people to meet twice a week for 8 weeks, and ask their students to practice meditation for 30 minutes twice a day. While this is an effective model, it's not feasible for many busy young people between the ages of 18-29. 

Researchers at Duke University observed how busy college students were, so they attempted to find a way to introduce mindfulness in a quicker and easier way. Koru Mindfulness evolved from this and was developed by psychiatrists Holly Rogers, MD & Margaret Maytan, MD for the college students they worked with at the university's counseling center. The program consists of one 75 minute class per week, for 4 weeks with a daily meditation commitment of 10 minutes. The program is taught in small groups and is tailored to address skepticism of mindfulness, build motivation, and includes content that is relevant to young adults. Research showed that this method produced reductions in stress and sleep problems, as well as an increase in mindfulness and self-compassion. 

The program is becoming widely taught at colleges around the country, as well as community centers, wellness centers, and yoga studios. To learn more about Koru and whether it might be beneficial to you, check out The Center for Koru Mindfulness' website at: http://korumindfulness.org.  And if you're interested in teacher certification check out their upcoming trainings: http://korumindfulness.org/teacher-certification/workshop-listings/

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Kaylen Hagadorn is a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy. If you would like support in prioritizing and taking care of your mental health, contact Cobb Psychotherapy and see how therapy can help.