On Wednesday, our students were guided through a relaxing Yoga session!
For the activity on Wednesday, Kira, our Student Services Coordinator instructed our students through a relaxing yoga session. Our Yoga sessions are very popular, and we always see a good turn out!
For the majority of the session, Kira guided the students through a gentle Yoga flow that Yogi’s of all experience levels could do! There was a strong focus on gentle stretching and slow movements while practicing deep breathing which is a fundamental part of any Yoga practice. To set the relaxation mood even more, there were some chilled yoga beats playing through the speaker.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and involves physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. It’s become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among millennials who are looking for ways to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and improve their overall health and well-being. Yoga can be done in a studio with a teacher or at home with the help of online videos or apps. It’s a great way to connect with your body, calm your mind, and build strength and balance. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting out, yoga can be a valuable tool for maintaining physical and mental health.
Some benefits of Yoga:
- Improves strength and flexibility – Frequently practiced, yoga can improve muscle strength and flexibility over a period of time.
- Improves muscular endurance – Holding the poses for extended times will increase muscular endurance over time.
- Helps relieve back pain and arthritis – Yoga decreases inflammation and ease discomfort of aches and pains through gentle movements.
- Decreases stress levels – Deep breathing is practiced in yoga and studies have shown that this can dramatically decrease stress levels.
- Improves mood and energy levels – Studies have shown that Yoga can boost mental alertness, therefore improving your mood and energy levels.
Some of our students proved to be advanced Yogi’s (which is a term used for people participating in Yoga), and others were trying Yoga for the first time. Alex impressed everyone with his handstands!
Some of the Yoga poses that we practiced were:
- Child’s Pose
- Downward Facing Dog
- Cat Cow
- Tree Pose
- Rag Doll
- Warrior Pose
Everyone loved the Yoga session and had so much fun! It was a perfect way to wind down after school and relax. The students also loved just being able to move their bodies and get their exercise done for the day. Yoga is not always as easy as it looks! The students enjoyed the Yoga session so much that they have requested to do it again very soon!