by Rebecca Picard
With midterms rapidly making their way around the corner, students are more stressed than ever. Getting an A on the test that you’ve studied so hard for is within arms reach. Teachers will help prepare you as best as they can with study guides and quiz reviews. But, one aspect of midterms that teachers won’t prepare you for is the build up of stress that comes along with it. Yoga is one of the most popular ways to reduce the amount of stress that comes with midterm tests, papers or presentations. With the growing amount of students who’ve decided to take on the practice of yoga, it’s time to see what all of the hype is about.
According the the Journal of Counseling and Development, medical students who practiced yoga dealt with stress a lot better than those who didn’t. Although they reveal that some students deliver better results while stressed, they also state that high of stress levels are unhealthy and harmful. In 15 weeks, the students involved in the experiment reported that yoga helped them in many positive ways. They experience created positive mental, physical and spiritual transformations.
Many of the yoga poses that are practiced during classes can help to relieve the stress that many students have to deal with on a daily basis. It has been proven that yoga helps with sleep, stress levels and anxiety.
Caitlyn Dang, a dedicated yogi at Dominican University of California, explains how yoga has directly impacted her life. Caitlyn is well known around campus for her bubbly and friendly personality. Most students know that she is up at to attend her yoga class as the rest of them continue to sleep. Caitlyn attends power yoga classes four to five times a week. She laughs as she adds, “Sometimes six.”
When asked if she feels that yoga helps with her stress levels in school, she immediately responded, “Yes, if I don’t, I feel strung up”. She goes on to say that if she doesn’t get to go to yoga for a long period of time, she doesn’t feel like the same person.
Always remember to take time for yourself during these stressful situations. So, when you begin your fifth consistent hour of studying for your upcoming midterm, consider dropping the books and heading to a local yoga class.
Some local yoga studios in San Rafael include:
Bikram and Power Yoga San Rafael located at 1295 2nd Street, Suite 210.
Bow Yoga located at 143 3rd Street.
Embrace Yoga located at 600 Manuel T Freitas Parkway.
Red Dragon Yoga located at 1701 Fourth Street.