Glowga De-Stresses Freshwomen Before Finals

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Caption: Freshmen bend and stretch in the “downward-facing dog” pose during Link Crew’s December Glowga event.

Caption: Freshmen bend and stretch in the "downward-facing dog" pose during Link Crew's December Glowga event.
Caption: Freshmen bend and stretch in the “downward-facing dog” pose during Link Crew’s December Glowga event.

Link Leaders and freshmen gathered in the darkened Media Center on Dec. 3 for some relaxing glow-in-the-dark yoga taught by Art teacher Mrs. Abby Hoot. This Link Crew-sponsored event was a success as many freshmen and link leaders were in attendance. An assortment of glow earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and glow sticks were provided for all participants to wear.

Mrs. Hoot taught traditional poses like child’s pose, downward-facing dog, and tree pose. She explained during the practice that since students are always bending over at desks, doing these types of poses that stretch out the chest and back help improve posture.

Mrs. Hoot started meditating as a teenager, and started the physical practice of yoga in her 30s. She now has a yoga studio in Berkeley. During the hour-long yoga session, she went around the room adjusting girls’ poses and giving them pointers as relaxing music played over the Media Center’s speakers.

The yoga session ended with Mrs. Hoot explaining the meaning of the common yoga phrase “Namaste,” meaning “I have a light inside of me and I recognize the light inside of you.”

“This event was a great idea,” Freshman Coley Brown said. “I think we should do it again!”

Attending the event counted as one make-up day of gym/swim class for Freshmen.