Penn Graduate Student Center

Personal Development & Wellness

About Personal Development & Wellness

Attending graduate school represents a commitment to personal growth. But, while you focus on intellectual goals, don’t forget other components of your life! Greek philosophers understood the importance of the mind-body connection, described by their well-known expression “mens sana in corpore sano” (or, “a healthy mind in a healthy body”). Modern science has compiled evidence in support of this ages-old idea--that physical health is best maintained when you are challenged intellectually, and the mind is sharper when the body is physically-fit. In like fashion, the Graduate Student Center wants to support you in maintaining balance in your own life by offering a personal development program for supporting your mind-body growth. The Personal Development program includes a number of series and events, such as...

Connecting Mind and Body

Develop a stronger understanding of the link between the mind and the body. These sessions can help you reduce stress, boost immunity, and promote overall, balanced health. Newcomers are encouraged; many of our attendees are novices, who have commented that these sessions are no-pressure introductions and valuable for participants at all levels.

Power Pilates
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Strengthen your core, destress, and relax for FREE! Join us for Pilates at the Grad Center from 11:00-11:45 am on every other Tuesday beginning Jan. 31st


Jan: 1/31

Feb:2/14, 2/28

Mar:3/14, 3/28

Apr: 4/11, 4/25

BYO mat!


Mindful Meditation
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Meditation has been known to reduce stress and anxiety. It often helps to clear one's mind and eases other health issues such as high blood pressure and depression.

Join us for weekly guided meditation sessions with Sandi Herman of Campus Health Initiatives.


Yoga at the Grad Center!
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RELAX with us at the Grad Center in room 305 with out expert Yogi Bianca! Join us ever other Wednesday from 12-12:45

Feb: 2/8, 2/22

March:3/8, 3/22

April: 4/12, 4/26

BYO Mat!

Wellness Programs

Surviving Grad School isn't just about studying and getting good grades. This series of programs will address some issues and areas of graduate life that are essential to maintaining a healthy and happy life.

Monthly Yoga
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Help Penn Recreation and Campus Health at the University of Pennsylvania kickoff our monthly yoga series at the Palestra! Make history and strike a pose. The event is BYOMat and is FREE to all Penn staff and students. Learn from Penn Rec's best yoga instructors on one of our nation's most historic courts. 

January 27th | Palestra | S1 11:30-12:30 | S2 12:30-1:30 

Februrary 26th | Pottruck Gym | 3pm-4pm 
March 19th | Shoemaker Green | 3pm-4pm 
April 9th | Shoemaker Green | 3pm-4pm

Check out more of Penn Recreation's events and services here:

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221