Students can reduce stress before finals with ASU yoga and meditation events

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YesPlus Confluence ASU 2018 classes offer opportunities for students to nourish their mind and body

Research shows that the popularity of yoga has gained momentum in recent years, and there are many outlets available at ASU for students to practice yoga and meditation.

The number of practitioners in the U.S. has almost doubled from 2012 to 2016, according to the 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance. 

Alicia Nelson, a global studies senior and director of YesPlus at ASU, a club that offers health and wellness techniques, said that many students fail to prioritize their happiness, and she wants to show her campus and community that happiness doesn’t have to wait for a specific moment or thing. 

“What we do on campus is offer not only just education and practical knowledge, but actual tools for students to use,” Nelson said. “We offer the expertise, so students can have a strong foundation to practice mindfulness and meditation at home on their own.”

YesPlus Confluence ASU 2018 is a three-day leadership and meditation workshop from March 30 to April 1 providing students with the tools of meditation, yoga and breathing techniques in order to gain “clarity of mind, resilience, purpose and belonging” Nelson said.

Yoga has been known to provide many health benefits such as relieving stress and anxiety, which is especially important for students as they prepare for finals.

This increased relaxation may improve sleep quality and even relieve depression, according to a study by the International Journal of Yoga

Nelson said that breathing techniques are a very important aspect of yoga practices and also the most accessible because mostly anyone can breathe. 

Meditation and mindfulness can also have a positive effect on cognition as well as help the brain block out distractions, according to a study published in Consciousness and Cognition Journal and a Harvard Medical study

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