When you’re in college, it seems like the last thing you have time for is keeping care of yourself, mentally, emotionally and physically. Between exams, parties and that little thing called sleep, getting to a yoga class doesn’t come in as a priority… but one university is trying to change that.
The University of Virginia is starting to implement yoga programs for freshman to help combat stress and exhaustion. According to The Huffington Post, there will be three wellness dorms, that will focus on bringing attention to the students’ well-being. “The students can just say, ‘Ok, I’m going to take some time off and just devote it to myself,'” said David Germano, Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies and director of the Contemplative Sciences Center at UVA.
He hopes that all the dorms will eventually have these programs in place. He also hopes to offer classes that strictly focus on wellness-related topics, such as learning about all facets of yoga. In the time being, the The Contemplative Science Center at the school is offering retreats. In the past, they hosted trips to local farms and yoga sessions right on the school’s lawn, making access to yoga easier than ever.
To learn more about what the University of Virginia is trying to implement, watch the video below!