Athens, OH 18 February 2019 –
With this being my final semester, I am only enrolled in four classes and only two of them are required for Industrial and Systems Engineering. The other two classes are Yoga and Circuit Training offered through our university’s PAW recreational classes at Ping.
I am so happy that I have been able to practice yoga every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the past five weeks of the semester. I was a self-taught yogi for about two years in the past, but I fell out of practice as school became more challenging and my time here became more stressful. I saw this semester as the perfect opportunity to pick it back up and reshape my mind.
Yoga is an amazing way to connect one’s mind and body. It requires patience, control, silence, and mindfulness. The practice helps to settle the mind and body and to connect with your breath. It also has a very humbling spirit to it…especially when you find yourself falling out of a pose and merely laughing at your inability to balance while your neighbor holds perfectly still.
I have grown strong in my practice and am more confident now than ever, both outside and inside of the gym. Having a healthy mindset translates directly to having a healthy lifestyle. This is something so critical and reassuring to bring into the “real world”.
Being also enrolled in a circuit training class, I am constantly pushed to my physical limits and building strength. This semester has taught me that yes, I am here to study and shape my engineering future, but I am most importantly here to utilize Ohio University’s resources to the fullest.