Yoga Club Helps Students Relieve Stress From School

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Back Row: Shantelle Woodward, Jaimee Beard, Sergia Arellano Front Row: Ashtyn Lindgren, Adam Sainsbury, Ciara Weiss, Brandon Andersen show off their favorite yoga pose. Photo by April Carver.

Back Row: Shantelle Woodward, Jaimee Beard, Sergia Arellano
Front Row: Ashtyn Lindgren, Adam Sainsbury, Ciara Weiss, Brandon Andersen show off their favorite yoga pose. Photo by April Carver.

Yoga can be intimidating with the intense flexibility and balance that seems to be necessary, but yoga instructor, Jill Hansen, makes sure classes are a safe environment and there is no judgement.

Whether someone’s goal is to touch their toes or work on contortionist moves, members of the yoga club invite everyone to join on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM in the business building, room 136. Jill Hansen says, “Yoga is [for] everybody, small or larger, old or young, experienced or novice, flexible or stiff.”

Of course, all are welcome to come relax and take some stress off from school. “I think that yoga is a fantastic way to let go of the stress that sometimes comes with college. I think everyone can benefit from it and [we would] love to see as many people as we can come and benefit from the club” said Sergio Arellano.

Yoga has several health benefits such as stress relief, reduction of food cravings, boosted immune system, improved cardiovascular health, weight loss, therapy for depression, help with sleep disorders, and relief for migraines. Breathing, poses, and meditation are the defining aspects of yoga. Yoga can bring peace in a way many have not experienced before. “I come to yoga club because it distracts me from school for an hour” said Bill McKowen, former treasurer.

The fee to join yoga club is $5, but along with the health benefits yoga holds, there are often refreshments after club meetings, which the fee helps to pay for. Friends are easy to come by because of the welcoming environment that yoga creates.

Additionally, the club officers for spring semester are President Shantelle Woodward, Secretary Rebecca Thompson, and Treasurer Chris Fales. Yoga club practice is led by the officers each week, and most people come away feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Jill Hansen and Kathy Cherry are both certified yoga instructors for Snow College. They plan to hold a YogaFest a couple weeks before finals in order to help students with high stress levels.

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