Yoga & Wellness ClubSponsor: Allison WaldenContact Information: 602-764-5000 x66200Meeting Dates/Times/Locations: We practice yoga on Wednesdays from from 2:40pm (District Late Start 2:30pm) to 3:30pm in room 201.For pictures of us in action, check the hashtag #smshyoga on Instagram.
We started practicing yoga on our campus in 2007 and we were the first school in the district to offer this type of exercise practice. We believe that even if students are not interested in team sports or PE, they may be interested in another union of mind and body called yoga.
The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.
The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a Yoga student treats it with great care and respect. Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The Yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.