Mindfulness & Relaxation

Our team is here for you 24/7. Use these virtual resources to slow down, take a deep breath and re-center your emotions. Explore guided meditation and breath work audio and video of varying lengths, all created for you by our talented team of Artists in Residence and Integrative Therapy Practitioners. Audio and Video will be added as they are produced.

Gentle Movement Videos

Relax and connect with the body through gentle movement exercises known as tai chi, qigong, and yoga. Tai chi is a meditative series of movements that brings the focus to balance and breathing. Qigong is gentle exercise related to tai chi, also focusing on the breath and balance. Yoga is a series of movements also intended to bring awareness to the body through postures, meditation, and breath work.

All practices below can benefit one’s health and well-being, however if you experience discomfort while following the movements or breathing patterns stop practicing and return your focus to the natural flow of the breath.

Tai Chi Balance Training and Self-massage

Gentle, accessible tai chi. Afterward, enjoy gentle self-massage as a way to further relax and connect with the body.

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Mindfulness Movement Yoga Practice

Tammy Bernard leads a gentle yoga practice that focuses on mindful movement. This practice aims to help relieve muscular tension and stress, and invite a sense of calm and peace into one’s day.

Mindfulness Yoga Practice

Qigong at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Simple, flowing movements guided by wellness educator Nancy Lasseter. Relax and tune in while performing movements focused on awakening the body, and enjoy the birdsong heard in the background.

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Qigong & Tai Chi Exercises

Enjoy a full set of relaxing and energizing qigong exercises led by Integrative Therapies practitioner Andrew Hix during a stress management session for UF Health Shands nursing staff.

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Gentle, Meditative Movement

Join Integrative Therapies practitioner and certified yoga therapist Tammy Bernard in calming the mind and body with guided, seated movement.

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Gathering Breath – Qigong

Follow along as Integrative Therapies practitioner Andrew Hix guides you through a qigong movement called “Gathering Breath”, which he often teaches to patients at the bedside.

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Lifting the Sky – Qigong

Follow along as Integrative Therapies practitioner Andrew Hix walks you through a qigong movement called “Lifting the Sky” which is often taught to patients at their bedside while in the hospital.

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15 minute Seated Yoga

Integrative Therapies and certified yoga therapist Tammy Bernard guides you through a seated yoga session.

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Calming the Mind with Gentle Seated Movement

Invite calmness and ease to the mind with Integrative Therapies practitioner Tammy Bernard with this meditation with optional gentle movement. This video and practice are dedicated to those with health challenges related to breath.

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Calming Creation Videos

Relax your eyes and mind as some of our talented artists create a series of simple works of art. Musical accompaniment by a selection of our musicians in residence.

Charcoal Cactus Scene

Relax and watch as artist in residence Sunita Canady sketches a cactus landscape scene using charcoal and eraser. Music by Michael Claytor.

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Coffee Painting

Artist in residence Sunita Canady paints a butterfly with brewed coffee. Music by Ricky Kendall

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Peaceful Watercolor Time-lapse

Enjoy a watercolor painting timelapse, by Sunita Canady, Artist in Residence. Music by Cathy DeWitt.

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Summertime Blue Dance

Relax and enjoy the ebb and flow of this original dance by AIM dancer in residence Whitney Wilson, performed underwater at Gilchrist Blue Springs in North Central Florida.

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Zentangle

View a Zentangle creation by Sunita Canady with music by Ricky Kendall.

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Breathing Technique Videos

Join Integrative Therapies and certified yoga therapist Tammy Bernard in a series of breathing techniques. If you experience discomfort while following the movements or breathing patterns stop practicing and return your focus to the natural flow of the breath.

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Calm the mind and body with a guided breathing exercise known as Alternate Nostril Breathing, a practice Tammy often teaches clinicians to support a grounded or energized feeling.

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Extended Exhalation Breathing

Calm the mind and body with a guided breathing exercise known as Extended Exhalation Breathing.

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Full Body Breathing

Join Integrative Therapies and certified yoga practitioner Tammy Bernard in a guided full-body breathing exercise to quiet the mind and body.

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Meditation Videos

15-minute Guided Meditation

Sit or lay in a comfortable posture and enjoy a guided meditation with Nancy Lasseter, Wellness Educator. Rest as you notice your breath and body, and enjoy background noises of local birds at Gainesville’s Sweetwater Wetlands Park.

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A Brief Meditation to Soothe Grief (video and audio)

Take a few minutes to gently care for yourself while processing loss or grief. Photo slideshow of images or nature accompanies this calming audio by Integrative Therapies practitioner Tammy Bernard.

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Meditation and Calming Audio

Tammy Bernard-A Brief Meditation To Soothe Grief

Take a few minutes to gently care for yourself while processing loss or grief.

A Brief Meditation To Soothe Grief

Cathy DeWitt-Music for Massage

Enjoy this instrumental piano track of peaceful, relaxing music by Cathy DeWitt, Musician in Residence. Composed to accompany massage or quiet reflection.

Music for Massage-Composed by Cathy DeWitt

Tammy Bernard-The Power of Self-Compassion

Join Integrative Therapies Practitioner and certified yoga therapist Tammy Bernard in exploring the health benefits of self-compassion through a guided meditation practice.

The Power of Self-Compassion

Madeline Austin-Pathway to Sleep

Let yourself be guided to a peaceful sleep by UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine adjunct artist in residence Madeline Austin. With white noise and subtle background music.

Pathway to Sleep

Nancy Lasseter-Ocean Meditation

Relax and unwind with a guided Ocean Meditation with UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine wellness educator Nancy Lasseter.

Ocean Meditation

Nancy Lasseter-Breathing Space Meditation

Enjoy a guided meditation on breathing, by UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine wellness educator Nancy Lasseter.

Breathing Space Meditation

Tammy Bernard-Meditation to Calm the Mind

Listen as Integrative Therapies practitioner Tammy Bernard guides you through a meditation to calm the mind and relax the body.

Meditation to Calm the Mind

Andrew Hix-Mindfulness Meditation

Allow Integrative Therapies practitioner Andrew Hix to guide you through a relaxing mindfulness meditation session.

Mindfulness Meditation

Tammy Bernard-Gratitude Meditation

Engage in a ~6 minute gratitude meditation with integrative therapies practitioner Tammy Bernard. Musical accompaniment by Cathy DeWitt, Musician in Residence

Gratitude Meditation