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Adjunct Professor Amy Quigley reflects on five years of yoga instruction at Arcadia University as the program comes to an end.
The most rewarding aspect of this class is offering a practice that students can use as a tool to help with their everyday stress. Yoga is so important at a university level because college students need to learn a healthy way to deal with their stress and to energize. The time they have on their mats is a time for them to turn off their phones and learn how to be present. I teach the students how to connect with their breath through various breathing exercises. They also learn various yoga postures, which they eventually connect with their breathing, turning it into a beautiful, moving meditation.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share what I love to the students at Arcadia. This is my last class at the University. My fondest memories came from watching students grow by committing twice a week to a yoga practice. By the end of the semester, the students are able to put together their own practice. It’s pretty amazing, and they’ve come up with great yoga sequences.