Yoga dates back to 3000 B.C., with focus on applying and understanding your place in the world and how to live harmoniously with others in it. But between 12 units, working part time and trying to find parking at CSUSM, who has the time to breathe and de – stress!? Well, what most students don’t know is that Breathing and taking the time to de – stress is one of the most important steps into succeeding academically. One of the easiest ways to de – stress is to do Yoga. Yoga is a great way to connect the body, mind and spirit, begin a healthy life-style and promote a good sense of well being. A study done in 2012 by the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, states that “Yoga, especially breathing techniques, can also increase concentration and academic performance in students struggling academically”.
Now, Let’s all take a moment to do 5 easy yoga poses to calm our Body, Mind, and Spirit:
Stand with your feet wider than hip length apart. Turn your right toes forward and left toes outward at a 45-degree angle. Keep both legs straight as your torso hinges at your hips toward the left leg as far as possible. Place your left hand above or below the left knee and extend your right up straight into the air and follow it with your eyes. You may feel tightness in your right oblique and abdomen. Hold for 10 deep breaths on each side.
- WARRIOR II
Stand with your feet wider than hip length apart. Turn your right toes forward and left toes outward at a 45-degree angle. Bend your left knee so the thigh comes parallel to the mat. Keep right leg straight. Extend your arms directly out from your shoulders and follow the tips of your fingers with your eyes. They should be facing straight ahead, hovering over your left thigh. Hold for 10 deep breaths on each side.
- WARRIOR III
Come into a lunge position with your right foot forward and knee bent. Put your left leg straight back and push your hips forward to bring your torso parallel with the floor. Slowly kick your left leg up to hip-height and form a straight line from the top of your head to your toes. Hold for 10 deep breaths on each side.
Forget the popular downward facing dog and try this one out. Come into a straight-arm plank with wrists under your shoulders and forearms flat on the mat. Step back and extend your legs straight back. Keep your hands in place and shift your hips up toward the sky and back. You may feel tightness in your hamstrings. Hold for 10 deep breaths.
Lie face down on the floor with your hands flat and thumbs directly under your shoulders. Legs should be extended back with the tops of your feet on the floor. Press shoulders down away from your ears and raise your chest toward the wall in front of you. You may feel tightness in your abdomen. Hold for 10 deep breaths.
Now you have the 5 easy steps that you can implement each day. Let us know how it goes!
Written by Peer Educator : Jasmin Jefferson