Mindful Relaxation Minutes Weekly Sessions

purplecairnThe Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the start of “Mindful Relaxation Minutes”, a weekly thirty-minute opportunity to rejuvenate. Over the course of the year we will learn how to practice various proven ways to reduce stress levels, including Mindfulness, Yoga Nidra, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Autogenic Training and Breath Work.

Sessions will be led by experienced teachers and online didactic information will be available on the UF Psychiatry Sharepoint for those who want to learn more about the scientific evidence base or how to access additional resources. Just log-on with your Gatorlink username and password.

Who: Department of Psychiatry students, residents, faculty and staff; other health care providers are welcome

When: Thursdays 12:15pm to 12:45pm


  • In person
  • PolyCom Conferencing at the MOB, Springhill, and Vero Beach locations. Dial-in number is 75011.
  • Toll-free phone call to 1-888-670-3525 (when prompted, input the participant passcode 9372794023 then #)


Sessions are held or broadcast to conference rooms in the following locations:

McKnight Brain Institute:

1149 S. Newell Drive

Room L4-101

Gainesville, FL 32611

UF Health Medical Office Building:

4037 NW 86th Terrace

Room 3242

Gainesville, FL 32606

UF Health Child Psychiatry – Springhill Health Center:

8491 NW 39th Ave

Room 122

Gainesville, FL 32606

Vero Beach Center for Psychiatry, Addiction and Pain Medicine:

840 37th Place

Room 108

Vero Beach, FL 32960


  • Genevieve Camp, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC, RYT

    Genevieve Camp completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and 100 hour yoga nidra facilitator training at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, FL. Yoga nidra is an ancient guided meditation practice that uses breath and body awareness techniques to take you into a deep state of relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Carol Lewis, PhD, MPHCarol Lewis, PhD, MPH is a clinical psychologist who has training in 3 mindfulness-based programs – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Dr. Lewis uses mindfulness strategies extensively in her clinical work.  As a public health practitioner, Dr. Lewis is working on developing low-intensity, easily accessible mindfulness-based treatment strategies.  She is also a regular meditator and yoga practitioner, who meditates with a Thich Nhat Hanh –based meditation group, and retreats yearly.
  • Lisa Merlo, PhD, MPE
    Dr. Merlo is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in a variety of psychotherapy treatment modalities. She routinely incorporates relaxation and mindfulness strategies in her clinical work with patients, and has a personal interest in the benefits of meditation practice for all individuals.