The stress that comes with being a college student can be overwhelming at times, and students are always looking for ways to manage their stress as well as stay healthy and fit. Yoga has tremendous benefits for both physical and mental health.
Yoga is beneficial because it incorporates both physical activities as well as focus on the breath through a variety of forms of meditation.
Physically, yoga increases flexibility and muscle strength while also toning the body and even provides energy.
Mentally, yoga can help relieve stress, and muscle tension while also increasing body awareness and overall focus and concentration.
These benefits are very common for traditional yoga, but there are a variety of forms of yoga that can provide someone even more benefits. For instance, Pilates is a form of yoga that targets the core specifically while incorporating traditional yoga poses. Sculpt is another unique form of yoga in which free weights are incorporated in order to gain muscle as well as core work and even cardio ensuring a work out full of sweat while still incorporating yoga poses.
Another type of yoga that has been a recent trend that started last year and has continued into 2019 is Aerial Yoga. This type of yoga combines the traditional yoga poses, Pilates and even dance all within the use of a hammock. These hammocks are attached to the ceiling which allows those in the class to be essentially floating.
Another type of yoga that has become a lot more popular is Restorative Yoga. This type of yoga involves relaxing and slowing down the body by holding certain yoga poses for longer periods of time in order to get a deeper stretch. The goal is to release any tension from the body while being mindful of the breath.
Johannah Bradley, yoga instructor and owner of M Power Yoga, a new yoga studio in Rancho Cucamonga, believes yoga is very beneficial for college students.
“For college students with deadlines, conflicting priorities, and the need to focus wholeheartedly on learning and absorbing information, the benefits of taking an hour or so to work with your breath and body can have far-reaching benefits: improved alertness, retention, emotional equanimity and improved physical health,” Bradley said.
Brittany Norris, a graduate student at USC (University of Southern California), is a student who loves participating in yoga and has been for many years. She believes it can be great for college students with busy lifestyles because it benefits the physical self as well as the mental self.
“I love yoga because it’s a form of fitness that helps with my flexibility and core strength. It also relaxes me and helps me balance the mind/body” Norris stated.
There are so many different yoga classes one can participate in that all offer a variety of benefits both mentally and physically.