Has the middle of the semester got you in a rut? Wish that you could find a way to just get away from campus and not think for a little bit? Feeling a little tense and need to loosen up?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I highly suggest you go to a FREE yoga session in the MUB.
Last week, my friend Kristen and I adventured to our first yoga session on campus. In the past I have been to different types of yoga classes held at workshops or in high school, but this was the first real professional class I have ever been to.
Like many, I thought that yoga wasn’t going to be so hard and was just a bunch of stretching and holding positions. I was a gymnast in high school, I should be used to being flexible and engaging all my muscles. Well, clearly I have lost some of my flexibility. This wasn’t some hour long stretching session.
Yoga involves harmony with your mind and body. There wasn’t only a focus on the positions we held like I thought there would be, but a focus on breathing techniques to help us connect with our body’s natural movements. This was one of the things that I struggled the most with. I never think about my breathing as I sit in class or go to work, so actually thinking about having to breath was something new. By focusing on your breathing, you can find an easy way to relax your mind for a few moments and re-focus on the task at hand.
Another aspect of yoga that I thought was challenging was trying not to think. I am a thinker, and I am constantly thinking about a million different things at once. Yoga helped me to focus on only my breathing and my body. It was liberating to not have to think about class, work, homework and friends for once. If there is one thing every college student needs, that is to not think for a little bit!
As it turns out, Kristen and I showed up to the right yoga class. At the end we were treated to trying some partner poses. These involved helping each other stretch our bodies in ways that we could not do it on our own. I even got picked by the instructor to help show the class how to do one of the difficult partner poses (short person problems, am I right?).
All in all this was a great experience that I can’t wait to go do again. You may find me there every Friday! I need some more practice on how to control my breathing and free my mind, but even going to one class was relaxing.
If you are looking to go to try yoga, Health Services offers yoga classes Wednesdays and Fridays from 12pm to 1pm in the Wildcat Den of the MUB and again, they are free! Also, Health Services will be offering a special yoga class on November 13th regarding positive body image. Campus Recreation also offers yoga classes and sells yoga mats at their front desk.
Make sure to bring your yoga mat and an open mind!