New yoga classes come to Peace

Pictures of different yoga poses with a sunset in the background.

By Christiane Newell

William Peace University is about to get really relaxed.

WPU alum Viper Allen ’13 returns to Peace to teach yoga sessions, in time for the stressful final stretch of the fall semester.

Allen has been pursuing a certification to teach yoga at Global Breath Studios in Durham since October 2013.

“I don’t want a traditional desk job,” said Allen. “I really want to do something that keeps me active and so I found a school that will allow me to get a certification to teach yoga.”

Allen has been practicing yoga since she was 12 years old.

“I started out just following videos with my mom, then we took classes at the YMCA, and I took some classes here at Peace,” said Allen. “It’s relaxing and a great workout.”

Yoga has many benefits to physical health, such as increasing flexibility, building strength, improving posture, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure and heart rate.

“Yoga is very relaxing,” said Brigitte Tondeur ’17. “It makes me feel good afterward. I have a sense of once with myself and my soul.”

Allen will be teaching yoga at Peace on November 5th and 12th 6:30 p.m. in the dance studio above the gym.

“Viper’s instruction is very slow paced and good for beginners,” said Tondeur. “I wish Peace offered more yoga classes.”

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