Yoga and Stress

A sculpture of a Hindu yogi in the Birla Mandir, Delhi

A sculpture of a Hindu yogi in the Birla Mandir, Delhi, from Wikimedia Commons

Yoga is an ancient practice designed to bring the mind and body into balance. Through breath, movement, and meditation, yoga promotes a calm, relaxed state of mind and can allow practitioners to find better concentration and a great sense of peace in their day to day lives. It can be a great tool for any busy college student, especially during the high-stress time of finals.

There are lots of ways to learn more about yoga and adopt a practice in your own life. The Campus Rec center offers yoga classes almost every day through their InMotion program. Drop in classes are only $5.

You can also find some good resources for beginning a yoga practice in the Library.

Yoga for Beginners is a DVD that features eight routines perfect for those new to yoga.
If you’d like a practice dedicated to stress relief, the DVD Yoga for Stress Relief might be just the thing.
You can also find some great yoga videos online from Yoga Journal and from Yoga International.

If you want to learn more about the history, philosophy, and practice of yoga, check out some of these books, available in the Library:

Yoga in Practice, an anthology of primary texts focusing on the lived experience of yoga.
Yoga Anatomy, which looks specifically at yoga and the body.
Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall, M.D., which offers a guided look at how yoga can be used to treat things like anxiety, depression, and back pain.
Hatha Yoga Illustrated by Martin Kirk and Brooke Boon, a photographic guide to yoga poses that can help you improve your alignment and understanding of the poses, or asanas.

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