Webb Yoga: Relaxing the Body and Cleansing the Mind
By David Byrnes, Assistant Director of Student Services and Admissions
With the long days (and nights) plus piles of homework, stress has become synonymous with Webb’s academics. Our young adults and adults, who are young at heart, have taken solace in yoga to relieve the pressures of the Webb grind.
Overseen by Justin Van Emmerik ‘13 (at 6’7” is there much he doesn’t see over?) the club has become a biweekly ritual for some. Justin thinks “we all participate for our own reasons. Some enjoy the stretching routines or the way yoga lets you focus on awareness; forgetting the deadlines and workload.”
There is no need to worry about yoga sessions leaving Webb anytime soon. Justin’s protégé, Erin Hub ‘16 has already taken over the task of organizing sessions in preparation for Justin’s graduation. Erin commented that “The nice thing about taking over is that scheduling sessions is as stress-free and flowing as yoga. I just make a couple of phone calls and everything is set up.”
The class is taught by Diana Singh, lawyer by day, yogi by night. Diana leads a class at the local YMCA earlier when Webbies are busy with class. Luckily, we were able to convince her to come to Webb at a more agreeable time.
Classes are generally held in the gym with the lights off for a more soothing experience, augmented by the early sunsets of the fall months. Yoga began in the light and ended with a relaxing darkness. With the warm spring weather, the club has moved outdoors. The uneven ground makes for an additional challenge in balancing poses but also for a better workout.
The consensus of those involved is that yoga gives them an hour or two a week to let go of the tension of their bodies and minds. What they are left with is looser joints and calmer thoughts.