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Want to get into a relaxing mood and be stress free try yoga with one of our own name Eric de Rolland is the yoga instructor at NYIT. He is a candidate for his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program short for “OT.” Occupational therapy is a profession that deals with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, and/or emotionally disabling condition. It improves their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The classes take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month during free hours. Rolland was selected to instruct the class based on the principle of Health Promotion (guiding OT practice) and his own background and yoga practice.

A tip to us from Rolland is “The 3 part breathing technique would be good for both deep breathing and stress symptoms. You sit comfortably in a chair, feet flat on floor, spine straight, shoulders and jaw relaxed. You place your right hand on your belly, left hand on lap. As you breathe in, bring awareness to the rising belly as you place your hand there. Then you exhale, awareness on the decreasing belly. You do these five times then place your hands on your ribs. Repeat process here, then finally your chest. This is great to de-stress.”

Students should look into trying out yoga. “Yoga can play a role on their life if they let it. It depends on the student. In my case, it does because it allows you to relax and take on school responsibilities more fully with a clearer mind and exercising 2-3 times a week is good.”

In the Yoga Journal, Roger Cole stated, When you hurt your inner knee doing yoga, it’s usually because you’ve tried to force a leg into Padmasana or one of its variations. Sometimes the injury occurs after one or both legs are already in Lotus position and you attempt a pose that adds a back-bending movement, such as Matsyasana (Fish Pose), or a forward-bending movement, such as Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana (Half-Bound Lotus Seated Forward Bend).” “The safest way to practice Padmasana and related poses is to strongly rotate your thigh outward at the hip and not go deeper into the pose when you reach the limit of your outward rotation. This means that you’ll have to stop lifting your foot when your thigh stops rotating, so you may not get your foot on the opposite thigh. (Remember the upside: happy, functional, pain-free knees.) You can use your hands or a strap to help rotate your thighbone outward. Whether using your hands, a strap, or a cloth if your knee ends up dangling in midair, support it with a folded blanket so you do not inadvertently force it downward as you turn the thigh outward.”
“Yoga is healthier than coffee, with the same results.” This is a saying written on the flyer that is advertising the yoga class. Rolland goes into detail elaborating on the statement, he says, “ It refers to the fact that we drink coffee for a “boost,” whether that means an energy boost/ mental boost, whenever we need to get things done. The problem with coffee is that we normally feel sluggish, dehydrated, and wanting more after a few hours. Yoga can give you the energy boost, naturally. In connecting the mind with body through the breath, through concentration, you raise your energy throughout the body. These energy channels are known as chakras. In working through the postures, you generate energy by the very effort you put into the practice. This is true with exercise as well.” He also states, “There is a connection between the brain and exercise. When we exercise, the brain releases chemicals that increase neuron growth, in turn, increasing cognitive function. Also, more oxygen is sent to the brain as a result of exercise. All of these factors help us educationally.”

There are other facilities on the campus to exercise; the Student Activity Center (although under renovations) has a gym and space for exercise. The class is open to everyone. Just come with a yoga mat, as yoga mats are limited, and a towel. We are asking for a donation of $3, but if a person wants to practice and cannot pay, they are welcome too. We don’t want to but attention on the money, rather on the practice. The donation is to help the Student OT Association send a representative
to the National Conference this spring and materials for the OT lab.

Don’t forget yoga is a great way to boost energy and health so stop by the 500 building, room 511 during free hour and give it a try!

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