Yoga

Yoga at SIUE is back for the summer with classes for beginners and intermediates with breath work, restorative yoga and rise and shine yoga.

The pandemic wiped out a lot of summer activities and events in 2020, but yoga continued through Zoom. Leslie Brock, online and educational outreach assistant director for non-credit programs, said yoga was one of the activities they were able to keep people interested in during COVID-19.

“[When] the pandemic hit last year we canceled everything in the spring and then yoga was the one course we ran over the summer,” Brock said. “It’s always been one that people ask for and so we have been running them via Zoom this whole time during the pandemic.”

Brock said there will be classes in yoga for beginners and intermediates, yoga and breathwork, restorative yoga and rise and shine yoga. She said each class has different 10-week class schedules and they roughly run from June 2 - August 7.

Yoga instructor Louise Hamlin-Laird has been teaching yoga for almost six years. She said yoga can become dangerous for those who are new to the activity and don’t know how to move their bodies correctly. She suggests those who are new to yoga should start with the yoga for beginners and intermediate courses.

many advanced people.” She said during the pandemic she had to change the way she taught since she heavily relied on the use of in-person classes to get a feel for her students. “With COVID-19 and being on Zoom you can’t see people’s alignments, so there are some poses that I won’t even do. I can’t see anybody to see if [they] are in proper alignment, to bring their body down correctly,” Hamin-Laird said. Hamlin-Laird said SIUE’s yoga classes are in cooperation with Studio Gaia, a local yoga studio which has moved on-campus. Some of their courses are taught in-person because Studio Gaia has lessened their COVID-19 restrictions, but she is still waiting for SIUE to follow their steps. “They moved from their downtown location and they are now on-campus at the [Fuller] Dome,” Hamlin-Laird said. 

“I’ve actually watched people’s shoulder blades start to wing away from [the] thoracic part of their spine and compromise that part of the spine,” Hamlin-Laird said. “I really don’t do a lot of advanced poses in any of my classes because there aren’t that many advanced people.”

 

She said during the pandemic she had to change the way she taught since she heavily relied on the use of in-person classes to get a feel for her students.

“With COVID-19 and being on Zoom you can’t see people’s alignments, so there are some poses that I won’t even do. I can’t see anybody to see if [they] are in proper alignment, to bring their body down correctly,” Hamin-Laird said.

Hamlin-Laird said SIUE’s yoga classes are in cooperation with Studio Gaia, a local yoga studio which has moved on-campus. Some of their courses are taught in-person because Studio Gaia has lessened their COVID-19 restrictions, but she is still waiting for SIUE to follow their steps.

“They moved from their downtown location and they are now on-campus at the [Fuller] Dome,” Hamlin-Laird said.

“People don’t realize there are yoga classes going on. There are not a lot of them right now, but there are three teachers [who] are consistently teaching yoga classes at the dome.”

Those wanting to participate can expect to pay $10 per dropin session or can buy one of the10-week sessions for a price of $90.

For more information about SIUE Educational Outreach yoga classes, visit their website for the Office of Educational Outreach or email Leslie Brock at lbrock@siue.edu.

 

 

 

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