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FREE yoga for faculty, staff

March 21, 2011


Have you ever considered incorporating yoga into your daily routine of wellness and healthy rewards? Well, the Beloit College Wellness Program has just the thing for you. We are fortunate to have a wonderful yoga instructor—Emily Peterson—on our campus, and the Beloit College Wellness Committee is sponsoring an eight-week yoga program.

Sessions begin today (Tuesday, March 22) at noon in the dance studio of the Sports Center, and run through May 4. Wear comfortable clothing; mats will be provided. Classes are free and open to all faculty and staff.

Emily Peterson is a CYT (Certified Yoga Teacher,) trained and certified through Corepower Yoga, which is internationally recognized by Yoga Alliance. She teaches level one Hatha power yoga, and her background experience includes teaching in a clinical setting on an adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit and teaching for The Children's Hospital yoga study (IRB-approved). Emily is a junior health and society major with a focus in child psychology and psychiatry and an interdisciplinary minor in alternative health and yoga studies.

Quick yoga tip:
Namaste is a common spoken greeting used in Nepal and India. It has multi-religious/common usage where it may simply mean “I bow to you.” The word is derived from Sanskrit namas, (to bow, obeisance, reverential salutation), and te (to you).

When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching, and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. This gesture, called Añjali Mudrā, can also be performed wordlessly and carries the same meaning.