WELLNESS 132: Breathwork for Wellbeing

1 Unit, Winter Quarter. Discover the power of the breath to reach a meditative state of mind. Details here!

SKY Campus Happiness Retreat

Upcoming Retreat is FULL!! October 23-25 | Fri, Sat, Sun
Fri 5:30-8:30 PM PDT | Sat, Sun 9 AM-12 PM
Via Zoom

Participants will learn breathwork-based techniques they can practice at home to decrease stress and increase peace and focus. The cornerstone of the retreat is the evidence-based SKY (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga) technique that uses the breath to calm the mind and leads to a deep experience of meditation. 


“This retreat is a great way to implement positive psychology and mindfulness into your life through meditation. You learn breathwork technique in detail along with ways to incorporate these exercises into your day to clear your mind and improve your emotional and mental wellbeing. Taking care of yourself is very crucial but easy to neglect in a fast-paced academic environment, so this course is a great way to alleviate stress. You learn something actionable with every discussion as the retreat is well-paced, and there is a great balance between contemplative prompts, discussions (in small and large groups), moments for self-reflection, and a few lecture slides with core information that you will be learning. I highly recommend this retreat and am looking forward to taking all the knowledge I gained from it into my everyday life!”
Stanford student from our May Zoom retreat

“Best weekend of my life! Stanford is hectic and stressful and this was an awesome way to relax. Super fun too - loved the activities ;)”
Stanford student from our July Zoom retreat

“Please do!! If you are looking to grow within yourself, find a toolkit to help you navigate life, and connect with others on a deep level this is the community for you.”
Stanford student from our July Zoom retreat

“I can confidently say that MED130 (prior Stanford class featuring SKY Happiness Retreat) has been the most influential class I’ve taken at Stanford. Why? Because it taught me about connection, belonging, awareness, compassion—about myself."
Stanford student

“The techniques I learned in the class continually allow me to be the best that I can be as a student, a leader, and a person. They have taught me to manage my stress and emotions, increase focus and concentration to perform better academically and take the most I can from Stanford, and have an overall sense of well-being, happiness, and clarity in all aspects of my life. The teachers of the program are phenomenal and create a truly positive space for people to connect to each other and feel a sense of belongingness that is so beneficial in such a large institution, especially as a freshman. I am truly grateful for being given this opportunity and know that so many other students, and the entire Stanford community at large, can and will benefit so much from taking the course. I hope the course can be as supported and accessible as possible, as it truly has changed my life and that of many others.”
Jackie, Stanford student


Thanks to generous funding, the retreat is heavily subsidized for the Stanford community.

All spots for our October course filled up almost immediately after the course was announced, but please enter your email in case we have any drops or to be notified of future retreats.

About the Instructor

Julia Tang has been teaching SKY meditation practices through the International Association of Human Values (IAHV) for over 20 years. Julia has taught SKY to students at the University of Virginia, Boston College, Boston, University, MIT, Harvard University, UMass Amherst, as well as at Stanford University where she is a Lecturer in Wellness Education. She currently teaches SKY meditation through the Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto as part of a federally-funded study examining the effects of SKY meditation on veterans with PTSD. Julia received her Masters of Education from Harvard University.