Carleton is a busy place, so it’s normal for students to feel stressed at times. Everyone tackles stress differently, whether it be via working out, Netflix, or journaling. While I do like to decompress with sports and walking, I love yoga and meditation. There are many ways to get involved with the two, by way of PE classes, Chapel sessions, and drop-ins.
All yoga classes at Carleton are taught by our yoga instructor, Michelle Moad. There are sessions offered for all levels of experience. Whether you’re a beginner wanting a slow flow or an experienced yogi looking for a challenge, there is something for you. I have taken the Continuing Yoga class three times so far, and I’m looking forward to taking it again next fall. Classes cover asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), and some meditation. Yoga classes can even be held outside when it’s warm! You don’t have to worry about having anything fancy to bring with you; mats, blocks, and straps are all provided. Socks are optional, and barefoot is recommended! Yoga classes can be repeated to get more than one PE credit. If you really enjoy taking it, you could fulfill your entire PE requirement with yoga.
Aside from PE classes, there are also slow flow sessions that are offered throughout the week. These take place at the Recreation Center and are open to all students and faculty. Slow flows are super convenient since they are drop-in classes. There is no commitment to attendance or worrying about getting a PE credit. If you want to relax during the week, supplement your regular yoga class, or just get in a nice stretch session, these drop-ins may be for you! These sessions are focused on meeting your edge in a way that is comfortable for you. In addition to the mental health benefits involved with doing yoga, going to these will help with flexibility and mobility.
Meditation at Skinner Chapel
Our chapel is non-denominational, meaning we have religious services for a wide variety of belief systems. This includes secular, guided meditation that is hosted every week on Tuesday nights and Friday mornings. Specifically, we take part in guided mindfulness meditation that helps me calm and declutter my mind. People of all faiths are invited to meditate, and there is no expectation that you must go every time. Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) co-hosts these sessions to encourage us to slow down during the busy week.