Yogathon promotes mental health, wellness

By Jennifer Somers
Photo Editor

Every college student stresses out at some point. Although their time at school can be frustrating between classes and internships, students have ways to combat anxiety, including exercise and doing yoga. 

The group channels its inner zen (courtesy of Jennifer Somers / Photo Editor). 

On Saturday, Sept. 28, TCNJ Humanitarian Yoga Club hosted “Yogathon.” The day started out with a relaxing and mindful yoga session hosted by Daniela Luna, a senior economics major and treasurer of TCNJ Humanitarian Yoga Club. After Luna’s session, everyone had a chance to enjoy lunch and have henna tattoos done.

“Yogathon offers the opportunity to take a break and focus on yourself over the weekend,” Luna said. 

Lindsay Worek, a yoga instructor and energy worker at Lindsay Worek Yoga & Healing, had a card reading session that involved learning about people’s chakras. She had each individual knock on the deck three times and ask the universe a question. Worek then had each individual flip each card over at a time and she explained what each one meant, which provided an interesting and mindful way for participants to learn more about their inner spirit and connections. 

The motivation behind the event was to encourage the College community to learn more about the spiritual practice and promote campus-wide mental wellness.

Gwen Krol, a senior international studies major and president of TCNJ Humanitarian Yoga Club, has been doing yoga since she was in middle school and has found that it has made her more flexible, given her a stronger core and cleared her mind.

“When I leave a yoga session, I feel like I can breathe better,” Krol said. “(When you end a yoga session,) you thank your body for coming and for doing what it did for you today. It sounds cheesy, but it’s more mindful when you do it and it really helps. This makes me feel ready to take on the day ahead of me.”

With the help of events like “Yogathon,” Krol believes more students will be encouraged to try the practice. 

“So many people think it’s cool, but they’re not flexible enough to do it,” Krol said. “They don’t know that you can do what you want with it. Don’t compare yourself to the instructor. You have to start doing it and the more you practice, the more you get better at it.”

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