When I registered for classes this semester, I was under the impression that I’d taken on a pretty nice schedule: I’m in a psychology class, film class, art class and acting class. I didn’t realize that with two jobs and each of these classes meeting for double the time of a regular class, I’d be pretty stressed. From 9:00 a.m. on Monday to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, I have almost no free time. Luckily, I’ve discovered the perfect stress reliever: yoga.

On Fridays, the school offers Vinyasa yoga in Cro, the student center. Ashley Hanson, research and instruction librarian, leads the classes. For 45 minutes, we go through stretches and breathing/relaxation methods to the sound of soft, ambient music; they are basic enough to be followed by even the most inexperienced of yogis (me). Yoga allows me to feel like I’ve released all of the built-up tension from the week. This session, combined with some pre-yoga grapefruit and a post-yoga shower, is the perfect Friday morning routine.

If one has the time, they could also sign up for Conn’s official yoga class. This meets a few times a week and gives students one class credit. I most definitely don’t have the time for this, and I don’t particularly have the energy, so these open Friday yoga classes offer a wonderful alternative.