A Comprehensive Well-Being Program for University Populations
Bringing meditation, breathwork, emotional intelligence, social connection, and service leadership to college students, faculty and staff.
We envision happy and mindful campus communities where students, faculty, and staff thrive in life and lead with clarity of mind, resilience, purpose, and belonging.
The SKY Campus Happiness Program incorporates an empirically-validated curriculum and includes:
The cornerstone practices of our programs include SKY Breath Meditation (Sudarshan Kriya) whose effects have been studied in open and randomized controlled trials, both in healthy populations, including developmental populations, and in those with psychopathology.
Science-backed techniques for total wellbeing.
A randomized controlled study run by Yale University scientists evaluated the effect of SKY and two other programs - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Emotional Intelligence - on undergraduate well-being as compared to a control group. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction showed no improvement compared to the control group, Emotional Intelligence showed one improvement (mindfulness) and SKY had the highest results of all the programs, benefiting stress, depression, mental health, mindfulness, positive emotion and social connectedness.
Seppälä et al., 2020, Frontiers Psychiatry
SKY vs a cognitive behavioral intervention
A randomized controlled study run by Harvard University scientists evaluated the effect of SKY versus a cognitive behavioral intervention. SKY demonstrated greater improvements than the cognitive behavior intervention in perceived stress, sleep, social connectedness, distress, anxiety, depression, conscientiousness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. SKY also led to improved sleep and stress reactivity. Results were observed immediately after and 3 months after the workshop.
Goldstein et al., 2020, forthcoming in Journal of American College Health
Our leadership team oversees 500+ certified SKY teachers. We work together to build customized plans uniquely suited to each college and university campus.
Annelies Richmond is an international trainer of meditation, breathwork, leadership and social connection, and has trained 1000+ certified teachers globally. She speaks and teaches at institutions such as Yale University, Purdue University, Texas A&M, Google and the United Nations. She founded SKY Campus Happiness in response to the dire need for powerful well-being solutions in our universities, and is passionate about empowering our young people.
Director of Operations
After a successful career in business, Stephanie has dedicated herself to changing the face of education. She provides leadership training, structure and support for SKY Campus Happiness on 58 university campuses, and sits on the board of RMD for Mindfulness in Higher Education.
Director of Fellowships & Media Coordinator
Nina Sanyal a Breath & Meditation expert with over 15 years of teaching experience. Alumni of The Ohio State University, with a background in Marketing working in the Pharmaceutical industry for years. She now brings both her professional experience and passion to uplift campus communities to SKY programs.
SKY Leadership Trainer
Dr Shyam Gannavaram is a SKY Teacher based in Boone, NC. He holds a PhD in Electronics Engineering and has worked in senior technology roles at several Fortune500 companies. Since 2001, Shyam has taught stress management programs to thousands of people including students, prisoners and in corporate settings across the United States.