Students of New College!
Feeling out of balance? Need an activity that’ll help pull your overloaded mind from the drudgery of liberal academics? Yoga is an activity meant to develop the body, mind, and spirit, serving as the perfect counterbalance to the stress and tension generated during a busy week.
For decades a small yoga community has existed at New College. The sphere of yoga at New College is a safe space where individuals are encouraged to explore their bodies and spirits in the same way we are encouraged to open our minds to academia. In yoga class, through the support and encouragement of others, we learn how to support and encourage ourselves, in doing so increasing and improving the overall quality of our individual lives, a benefit that spills over into community life in general.
Q: Do I need experience with yoga in order to participate?
A: No, yoga classes at New College are open to all experience levels. From beginners to advanced students, all are welcome.
Q: How should I prepare for a yoga class?
A: Dress in comfortable and light clothing (although the fitness center AC can get a bit cold so maybe bring a sweater). Mats are provided at the fitness center, or bring a towel; it’ll work just as well.
Q: What should I expect from a yoga class?
A: A typical yoga class will involve practicing a variety of asanas (poses) meant to challenge balance, flexibility, strength, endurance, and focus. Also expect breathing exercises, group discussion, meditation and buddy stretching.
Q: If I’m not flexible is there any point of practicing yoga?
A: Yes. It is a misconception that yoga focuses on contortionism. Flexibility is one of the benefits that develops upon practicing yoga, but should not be mistaken for the purpose of yoga. Regardless of whether or not you are a beginner or advanced student, there are limits on what we are able to do. The point of yoga is to expand these limits. Effort towards moving beyond our limitations, whether physical or otherwise, is what yoga is about.
Tuesday: 4:30-6:00pm, Fitness Center
Wednesday: 7:00-8:30pm, Fitness Center
Friday: 3:00-4:30pm, Fitness Center
Saturday: 2:00-3:30pm, Fitness Center, with a potluck lunch following class
Sunday: 10:00-11:30am, meet in front of Ham, walk to the bay together
Sat chit ananda