The strength of yoga

Between hours of classes, overload of studying, lack of sleep and
meeting deadlines, there is no question that college students build up
an overwhelming amount of stress each day of every semester.
Stress can be a gateway to the development of many unhealthy behavior
patterns that are abusive and harmful to our bodies’ physical and
mental health.
In the little amount of leftover time students have to put the books
down, finding a way to relieve themselves from the pressure and
tension that is hanging over their heads is important.
Yoga, a holistic practice helping to gain balance and focus, could be
the key to success for students suffering from anxiety.
According to the Sangha Yoga Shala blog, a yoga studio in Brooklyn,
New York, “Most students experience an increase in strength and
flexibility, a decrease in stress levels, and tension in the muscles,
and a feeling of mental clarity and peace.”
In addition to stress, yoga serves to be beneficial in other ways for
students struggling with academic pressures.
“I practice yoga on a regular basis because that’s when it’s at its
most beneficial,” said, WPU junior, Nik Williams. “Yoga brings about a
physical and mental balance which gives me an inner calm.”
Focusing in a classroom or on studies is often interrupted by
distractions.  These distractions can include thoughts running through
your mind, television, music, people talking, or even weekend plans.
Yoga uses a meditative process to help sooth and clear the mind, which
in return can increase a student’s ability to concentrate.  Students
will be able to spend an adequate amount of time focusing on work
without feeling anxious about other obligations.
“I enjoy yoga because it helps me escape from my everyday life,” said
Maddie Fecko, William Peace University junior, “After I leave yoga
class I feel much more relaxed and my body feels like it had a great
work out.”
Through a consistent practice of yoga, your body will become more
flexible.  Yoga stretches and poses build strength, allow your body to
move more freely, and reduce the risk of injury.
William Peace University is offering yoga classes for students on
campus.  There are also many yoga studios within walking distance of
WPU campus such as, Evolve Yoga, Blue Lotus, and Open Door Yoga.
Many yoga studios in the triangle also offer student discounts.  If
you can’t find time to leave campus to go to class, the neat thing
about yoga is, you do not have to be in the studio to practice.  The
breathing techniques, hand and neck exercises, and stretches can all
be done in your own dorm room, home, or gym.
Don’t let the stress of the semester bring you or your grades down. Do
your mind and body a favor by allowing it to relax through the
meditative practice of yoga!

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