Yoga, Meditation, and Self-Care
Yoga is a system of breathing exercises, meditation, and postures derived from or based on Hindu yoga, a discipline that promotes spiritual unity with a supreme being through a system of postures and rituals. The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body, and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Practice relaxation and yoga at any of the following sessions. Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothing.
Nourish and support the mind/body in order to enhance academic engagement. Offerings will include:
- Pranayama breathing techniques to reduce stress and enhance focus and concentration
- Ayurvedic foods, nutrition, and life style
- Gentle restorative yoga techniques
- Use of essential oils for health and well-being
Sessions are offered weekly free of charge in JR 233 starting Wednesday 2/21/18 from 3:30-4:30 pm. Drop-ins are welcome.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.