Everyone has different ways of coping with stress. Since finals week is around the corner, many students are doing their best to try and stay sane during the home stretch of the semester. A good way to de-stress may include going to dinner with your friends, watching your favorite movie, or exercising. It depends on the person. Personally, I find that the best way to de-stress and loosen your mind is by taking a yoga class.
This mind-body practice has become extremely popular within the last 10 years. It has been known for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being, but it also offers a wide-range of health benefits that rival other forms of exercise. For example, like cardio fitness, yoga has been known to lower the risk of heart disease and help maintain a healthy weight. Even after a few months of yoga, many seem to have improved lung capacity, anxiety relief, improved sense of balance, and surprisingly have improved sexual function. Studies have shown that yoga has been more effective in reducing pain and improving mood than standard medical treatment for certain health problem.
Charm City Yoga on Allegheny Avenue offers a 30-day trial for new yoga students. This includes one class a day. If you choose to purchase a trial online, instead of in the studio, you get an entire month of yoga for only $25! I get it – money is tight for a college student. However, taking a yoga class will surely pay off during finals week.