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Namast’ ay with Yoga at UF

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Keeping Stress at Bay with Yoga

I started doing yoga several years ago after being invited by friends. I never thought of myself as much of a yoga person and more of a gym person, but I was feeling a little anxious and thought I would give it a try. Fast forward two and a half years later and I am hooked. My daughters also love it.

Not only is it good for you physically, but, like many other things, it is great when you are feeling stressed. In fact, my younger daughter needed an elective and is taking it as a class. In Gainesville, there is plenty to choose from, both on and off campus.

If your student is resistant, you may want to remind them that the practice is over 5000 years old. There has to be something to that. In addition, it has been proven to alleviate stress; and what college student doesn’t have some stress? Research indicates that within seven weeks of regular practice, students enjoyed significantly reduced stress levels and as a result, their academic performance increased. This, in turn, also makes students more confident, able to enjoy a greater clarity of mind and sense of peace. Allowing your mind to be cleared regularly can help students concentrate while studying or sitting through long lectures. This does not even touch on the positive physical aspects of yoga; strengthening one’s core, making muscles limber, and so on.

Where to go…

UF Student Recreation Center Classes Offered:

Outdoor Yoga

Yogis take a hike! Rejuvenate your senses and spirit while practicing out on the North Lawn. Feel the warmth on your face as you practice sun salutations, mimic the natural world around you as you practice tree pose, and feel at peace as you relax into savasana.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa translates to “Breath-synchronized movement”. Be prepared to get in tune with your breath and follow it through standing, flowing, seated, and balancing postures.

Vinyasa Yoga (75)

The same as Vinyasa, except the class duration is 75 minutes.

Hatha Yoga

This “yoga for health” class will ease your mind and guide mental clarity toward strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Breathing, postures and stress management will serve as the foundation in this centuries-old form of exercise.

Power Yoga

A more advanced energetic flowing sequence of postures and poses. Breathing techniques move participants rapidly from one pose to another. Classes focus on body weight bearing exercises, torso stability, and intermediate balance.

Recovery Yoga (75)

This restorative class is a perfect way to recover from strength training or running by self-massaging the body from head to toe. This integrative class utilizes foam rollers to lengthen and massage your muscles and is a great opportunity to relax and rejuvenate.

Yogalates

A Pilates-yoga fusion class that emphasizes essential skills for proper execution of movements. Activate, isolate and stabilize deep core muscles while improving posture, flexibility, balance and overall body strength.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that focuses on slow movements and balance. Come ready to learn how to control your breathing, meditate and reduce stress and anxiety.

Power Yoga (75)

A more advanced energetic flowing sequence of postures and poses. Breathing techniques move participants rapidly from one pose to another. Classes focus on body weight bearing exercises, torso stability, and intermediate balance.

Acro Yoga

A physical practice that combines classic positions and acrobatics to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. Participants work with each other in a series of aerial postures and supported poses, adding the joy of camaraderie and human connection to traditional yoga practice.

Vinyasa Yoga @ Harn Museum

This class will take place at the Harn Museum, please bring your own mat to this class! Do not meet at SW3, meet directly at the Harn Museum.

Meditation (30)

Recharge yourself mentally and physically with this 30 minutes guided meditation session. Transcend into a deep rest while calming your mind and settling your body, generating a high state of self-awareness.

Yin Yoga

In this style of yoga, each pose is held for an extended period of time. Stretching not only muscles but the surrounding connective tissue. This class is great for anyone looking for relaxation or to improve mobility and flexibility.

Ashtanga Yoga (75)

Often called “eight-limbed yoga,” Ashtanga focuses on cleansing the mind and body using the ujjayi breath and drishti gaze. The first heat-building series serves to purify the body, while the second series serves to cleanse the mind.

Meditation (45)

Recharge yourself mentally and physically with this 30 minutes guided meditation session. Transcend into a deep rest while calming your mind and settling your body, generating a high state of self-awareness.

Yoga Foundations

Our Foundations class takes a slower methodical approach to set up our fundamental/foundational asanas (postures), developing the body awareness and strength through repetition & longer hold times for the postures.

Recovery

This restorative class is a perfect way to recover from strength training or running by self-massaging the body from head to toe. This integrative class utilizes foam rollers to lengthen and massage your muscles and is a great opportunity to relax and rejuvenate.

UF Class

You can even take a yoga class for credit (DAA 2381). The course is designed to introduce students to yoga including the theory and physical practice of body position, breathing and meditation. It meets twice per week. My daughter needed an easy elective to go with one of her most difficult semesters and decided to take this class.

Off-campus, check out:

Searchlight Yoga– Located at 3501 SW 2nd Avenue, monthly membership rate: runs $84. If committing to a monthly membership isn’t your thing, they do offer single class and multiclass passes. A single class is $12 and unlimited 2 weeks runs $30

Sanctuary Yoga– Located at 411 SE 7th Street, next to Depot Park, they sell single class passes and multi-class passes. One class (drop-in) runs $20;  4 classes runs $65 and 8 classes runs $100.

Flow Space Yoga– Located at 117 NW 16th Avenue, they offer a Student special which is 2 unlimited weeks of floor classes for $28. They also offer a 30-day unlimited floor class membership for $89 (no commitment) or you can sign up for a 6-month membership and get unlimited classes for $79/month.

Make sure you check Groupon as you may find special pricing on other yoga studios or even the recommended ones. Pass on these great tips, tell your friends and like us on Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for other great tips at haveuheard.com.

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