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What Are The Benefits of Mindfulness? Take This Interdisciplinary Minor and Find Out.

Laura Dudley, assistant clinical professor of applied psychology, teaches yoga during an Introduction to Mindfulness class in the Sacred Space. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

Reanna Mankaryous didn’t think mindfulness practices would “do anything for” her. But after a friend insisted that she come along to a yoga class and one day, “I caved,” she says. The rest, as they say, is history. 

“After, I said, ‘Wow. Can we go compliment someone outside or something?’” recalls Mankaryous, who is studying behavioral neuroscience at Northeastern and is planning on going to medical school. “You know when you’re sitting on a summer day and you feel the warmth of the sun and it’s just a really nice feeling? That’s what it felt like.”

Now, Mankaryous is augmenting her studies with a minor in mindfulness studies. She will be among the first cohort in the interdisciplinary minor this fall.

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