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

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YesPlus Wednesdays is a beginners guide to meditation open to students every week in the prayer and meditation space at the Memorial Union, which is designed to teach life skills that are not available in the classroom. 

Nelson said the class was created to help students find a balance in handling different aspects of life efficiently, from nutrition to relationships. 

“That’s really just the time to release and let go of everything,” Nelson said. “Even just for a few moments.”

ASU offers a wide variety of yoga classes across all campuses, including Restorative Yoga, Sunrise Flow, Goddess Yoga and Mindful Yoga, to name a few. 

Neda Movahed, a doctoral student at the ASU School of Sustainability and a facilitator of one of the mindfulness classes offered at ASU’s Tempe and Downtown campuses, said mindful meditation is beneficial for students in particular because of the pressure of school.

“The act of choosing to go to school, no matter what age you are, you are choosing to have a transformative experience,” Movahed said. “So that, in and of itself, is a journey.”

Other campus organizations are also adding yoga events to their lineups. 

Students have the unique chance to try yoga during a light show at the “Glowga” event on April 3 while a DJ plays music during this high-energy twist on a traditional yoga routine, sponsored by the Programming and Activities Board.

Danielle Rivera, a sophomore electrical engineering major and PAB pavilion programs events coordinator, said she hopes the event will encourage students who may have an interest in yoga but have never tried it to participate.  

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