Namaste! Yoga Comes to the Library
By Laura Archbold, Reference Department

Stressed? All knotted up from sitting in front of your computer? Then come to the Alicia Patrice’s yoga class and unwind. You will learn how to stretch, destress, and tune into your body with umpire pose, child’s pose, tadasana, and more.

Alicia recently completed a one-year, 200-hour training program to become a yoga guide and is now offering classes in the Library. The sessions are free and open to everyone. Class meets twice a week in the empty room on 3 South behind the Systems Office, Mondays at noon and Thursdays at 5:10.

I have been attending regularly. I feel both relaxed and energized after every class session. I even think my posture has improved. I talked with Alicia during some down time at the reference desk and asked her about the classes.

What made you decide to start a yoga class for the library? I wanted to bring something for us to do where we could be on equal standing, regardless of our job title. I have been doing yoga for 12 years and got a lot out of it; I want to share this and have others discover the benefits of yoga for themselves. This is my first regular class.

Have you had any difficulties getting the program started? Not with anyone in the Library, but I had to go through some hoops with the campus Risk Management unit. I am insured and everyone who takes the class signs a waiver form.

The yoga exercises are very straightforward and uncomplicated. Was this your intention? Yes, we have only a short time, 50 minutes, for class and you need to warm the body up more to do the more active poses. Also, most of the people in the class have not done yoga before so I want to start out simple. I plan to add something new and more advanced every week, but also keep it accessible to everyone.

What are some of your observations and thoughts on the classes? We have a nice mix of staff from many departments. And a number of student assistants attend regularly. I would like to see the administrators attend. And student assistants are always welcome.

I want everyone to know that this class is appropriate for anybody, and modifications can be always made if someone has physical constraints.

What has been the response from the people attending the class? I have had a lot of positive feedback, everybody feels great after class. As much as possible, people need to make a commitment to themselves to come to class, but everyone is welcome anytime.

What is the meaning of the word namaste? It is a respectful greeting that is accompanied by a gesture of joining one's palms, with the fingertips pointing upward. The joined palms are brought close to the chest. The national expression of India used as a greeting or upon parting, by putting palms of the hand together in prayer position and bowing forward. The meaning/translation of namaste is: I honor the place in you which is of Love...of Truth...of Light...and of Peace, When you are in that place in you, and I am in the place in me, we are One.

Classes will continue until the end of May, and will start up again in September.

Please, do consider attending, your body will thank you.