Benefits of Yoga for College Students

Joshua Jenkins
Staff Writer

Upstate Yoga Class. Photo Courtesy of USC Upstate

Upstate Yoga Class. Photo Courtesy of USC Upstate

College is a pressure cooker. The stress of writing 10 page papers, getting good grades, maintaining a decent social life, financial struggles, and sometimes sports can take a heavy toll on your mind and body. While many of us turn to substances like drugs and alcohol to alleviate the stress, a group of Spartans has turned to something a bit more natural, Yoga. According to Google, yoga is “a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.”

Yoga instructor at Upstate, Sheila Turner, who has been doing yoga for 14 years said, “Yoga has full body benefits, it is mental and physical. It really teaches you to appreciate life and to love yourself.”   Anxiety relief, increased flexibility, lower stress levels, improved brain function, and improved sexual function and sleep are just a few of the plethora of yoga benefits.

It is common belief that yoga is just for women, but yoga does not discriminate. Blake Draper, a junior, who attends the yoga classes here at Upstate, said, “Well, yoga makes you more flexible, but there’s more to it. It helps you relieve tension, and shed the negative vibes of the day. You don’t have to worry about classes or tests.”

Fellow students, you should seriously consider taking up yoga. Besides the mental and physical benefits you will also meet new friends who are a part of the yoga community as well. So, go out to Ross or Target, purchase a yoga mat and get started today. There are plenty of online yoga practices on websites like, or you could attend one of Miss Turner’s yoga classes. They meet on Wednesday’s from 6:00-6:45 pm and Thursday’s 12:00-12:45 pm in the HEC. Namaste, Spartans.