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Staying Centered


At a university where people from all over the world come together, it’s important to have spaces where students can find community and stay connected to what matters most to them. The NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life (GCASL) offers resources for everyone, whether they are seeking spaces to worship or meditate, free yoga classes and mindfulness workshops, or multifaith initiatives and panels on social justice. Yael Shy, the director of Global Spiritual Life and a cofounder of MindfulNYU, is an expert on helping students tap into mindfulness and meditation to help navigate the college experience, and dives into specifics as a guest on podcasts and in print. Listen in on some of her best tips below.  

  • On episode 119 of 10% Happier With Dan Harris1, Yael and Dan discuss how students can better deal with the stress, FOMO, and emotions that come with social media, college courses, and relationships.
  • Silas Day interviews Yael on the New Books network’s In Spirituality and Mindfulness1 channel about her book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond, in which she covers how to tackle the suffering of everyday life through mindfulness, learning how to feel your emotions rather than becoming them, and using love to inspire change in yourself and the world around you.
  • Yael’s interview with Ann Gault, the editor of Psycom (an online resource for mental health conditions), reveals how to start a meditation practice and how to cope with a social media addiction through mindfulness.  


[1] The links provided above currently do not all provide downloadable transcripts of Yael's interviews. Please reach out to the owner of the websites in order to inquire about getting one, if needed.