Students, faculty reduce stress with free yoga and meditation

Betsy Phillips shows students how to perform a half moon pose during her free yoga session hosted on the Winslow Maxwell Overlook at City College on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Lis Sorensen, Staff Writer

With the semester underway, City College is offering a few ways for the college community to relax and take a moment away from work.

Project HOPE, City College’s peer health education organization, is leading the mission to bring peace, happiness and self-awareness to students and staff.

The Luria Library is holding 45-minute meditation session every Monday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 11:15. Library Director Kenley Neufeld created the program nine years ago and encourages anyone feeling overworked or overwhelmed to join.

“It’s nice to step back and find a place to be calm and quiet,” said Neufeld.

Each meeting is held in Neufeld’s office, LIB 134. The first 15 minutes is dedicated to instructions and group sharing. The next 30 minutes are for silently sitting in meditation. Attendees only need to bring themselves and a willingness to reflect inwards. No experience or special gear is required.

“Just bring yourself and your breath,” said Neufeld.

The other program Project HOPE offers is yoga at the Winslow Maxwell Overlook on East Campus. Yoga instructor Elizabeth Phillips hold these sessions Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The yoga class focuses on enhancing strength, flexibility, focus and balance.

Students and staff are welcome to participate in both of these relaxing activities. For more information visit Project HOPE’s website.