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, & staff thrive in life and lead with clarity of mind, resilience, purpose & belonging.
The SKY Campus Happiness Program incorporates an empirically-validated curriculum and includes:
The cornerstone of our programs is the 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 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.
Campus Partnerships Coordinator
Kaitlin is our Campus Partnerships Coordinator, with the central goal of uplifting campus communities through our evidenced based programming. She became a SKY Happiness instructor in 2018 during her senior year at the Ohio State University and is inspired by sharing breathwork, meditation, and empowering student leaders. Kaitlin makes a huge impact supporting administrations to bring in these evidenced based techniques onto their campuses to support student mental health and success.
SKY Advanced Programs Coordinator
Namrata Verma has been teaching Breathwork and Meditation for over 10 years. She coordinates our SKY advanced programs, Silent Retreat and Leadership Training that give SKY grads an opportunity to dive deeper, become resilient leaders and also certified meditation facilitators. Having experienced sky programs during her undergrad, she is highly inspired to serve the campus community. Prior to this, she has worked as a software engineer at Dell, IBM, Intel in Silicon Valley.
Director of HBCU Programs
Co Director of Fellowships
Jameelah Carver is one of the founding members of SKY youth & university programs and has been a meditation and breathwork instructor since 1999. She has equipped thousands of students with tools to effectively manage their minds and emotions and become compassionate, service minded leaders in their communities. She previously served as the Co-Director of SKY Campus, developing new teachers, leading campus teams and community initiatives at universities such as Howard University, Stanford University, USC and UCLA.