Tiara Cash and Student-Athletes

Koru Mindfulness Teacher: Tiara Cash

As a former Student-Athlete herself, Tiara Cash of ASU hopes Koru can help other Student-Athletes with the stress of transitioning away from sport.

What is your area of work or academic field of study?

My degree areas are in Exercise & Wellness (B.S) and Kinesiology (M.S) with a focus on Student-Athlete well-being and transition into retirement. I came by this area of focus as a former Student-Athlete myself having to deal with the stresses of severing my athletic identity upon a career ending injury and refocusing my life in a direction that was new to me – without sport. Realizing that all Student-Athletes deal with transition in some sort, I began to ask the question “What does this transition look like” and was surprised to find out that the answer was multidimensional and complex.

What drew you to Koru Mindfulness?

Now, finally being at an age where I am just past emerging adulthood, I see the value in creating spaces for emerging adults through mindful practice. With most of my research being done on college-aged Student-Athletes, finding a program that is designed for this population of Student-Athletes was important to couple the forthcoming resilience strategies that I am in the process of creating.

Where do you hope to teach Koru Mindfulness classes?

My hope is to teach these classes and concepts directly to Student-Athletes and other marginalized communities at Arizona State University and with the other populations that we serve under our charter.