Melanie Avery is only half way done with a 14 hour day. She has been going since 8 o'clock in the morning and she is exhausted, not to mention she just broke up with her boyfriend. But even all of this stress is no match for her Monday yoga class at Burdick hall.
Erin Brenna is the new instructor for the Monday yoga class for this semester. She said she likes the connection of the mind and body that yoga brings. "Definately helps with stress," Brenna said. "Your not thinking about what happened today, you're in the present." Melanie Avery, a junior and music major at Towson, said she does yoga when life becomes stressful. "Boy issues and school are the two things that are stressing me out right now," Avery said. "Yoga helps with that."
Avery is not alone. About 35 other, stressed out students attend the class every week for rejuventation and excersise of the mind and body.
I must admit, I was not expecting to enjoy the class as much as I did. I am about as flexible as a piece of steel. Everyone was so encouraging. Brenna has a kind and calming voice that would relax even the busiest mind. Although I struggled with a few poses that required a good amount of balance, I was not the only one. It seemed that everyone was on a different level of experience. Overall, I left feeling relaxed and awake. I would recomend the class to anyone who needs a break from their schedual or even themselves.
The class is free for all TU students and is every Monday from 5:00-5:50 at Burdick Hall.
Photo 1: Melanie Avery smiles for the camera after a satisfying yoga class. Photo by Jennie Byrne/ Feb 16, 2009.
Photo 2: Erin Brenna rolls smiles for the the camera after instructing her class. Photo by Jennie Byrne/ Feb 16, 2009.
Photo 3: Students place yoga mats back in closet after class. Photo by Jennie Byrne/ Feb 16, 2009.