News Release

September 28, 2009

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Free Labyrinth Walks at UConn Health Center October 16

Public Invited to Experience Ancient Indian Meditative Technique to Focus the Mind

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The University of Connecticut Health Center invites the public to take a journey across time, faith, cultures and traditions by “walking the labyrinth” Friday, October 16.

A replica of the famous labyrinth carved into the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France, will be in place in the Health Center’s Keller Lobby from 9 to noon as part of the Fifth International Symposium for Ayurveda and Health (PDF). The labyrinth is an ancient meditative tool with origins in India and is practiced throughout the world. Walking the labyrinth is believed to help balance and calm the mind. The “petit Chartres” labyrinth is painted in the colors of the chakra, the traditional Indian medicine concept representing the seven major energy centers of the body.

The guided labyrinth walks, courtesy of the Connecticut Mental Health Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, are free and no registration is required. The UConn Health Center Complementary Alternative Supportive Care Program on Ayurveda offers the labyrinth in collaboration with the International Society for Ayurveda and Health. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian art of healing that blends science, philosophy and spirituality.

More information is available at

To get to the Keller Lobby: Entering the campus from Route 4, at the first stop sign, continue straight. Bear left at the fork and continue up the hill. The main entrance is straight past the next stop sign. Visitor parking is available on the other side of the gate. Keller Lobby is at the foot of the escalator, down one floor. Directions to the UConn Health Center are available at

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