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Need to Take a Deep Breath?

A woman sitting on the ground meditating
Christina Pastan, director of Mind-Body Wellness at the School of Dental Medicine, is among those offering online meditation sessions to the Tufts community. Photo: Jessica Scranton
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Just days after Tufts’ campuses emptied out and the realities of living amid the Covid-19 crisis began, a group of dental students gathered to sit together in quiet—and virtual—meditation. Scattered in bedrooms and living rooms around the country, they spent a half hour with Christina Pastan, D91, DG94, director of Mind-Body Wellness at the School of Dental Medicine.

Usually, Pastan leads weekly meditation and yoga sessions at the dental tower at One Kneeland Street for students, faculty, and staff. As the coronavirus emergency began to unfold, “I realized I could not skip a beat,” Pastan said. She created meeting times through the remote conferencing app Zoom, emailed out a link, and led two groups through mindfulness meditation and yoga from her home. 

“These practices are so grounding for me,” she said. And while she’s never led sessions quite like these before, she hopes they can be calming for others as well.

Pastan is opening up her mind-body sessions to the entire Tufts community. And starting the week of March 30, the university’s department of Health Promotion and Prevention (HPP) will also be hosting online drop-in meditation sessions for the university community, including targeted sessions for student-athletes.

Read more on Tufts Now.