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Yoga: The Art of Transformation

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This weekend my boyfriend surprised me with a surprise date to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to go and check out the newly opened (limited time!) yoga exhibit called “The Art of Transformation.” I’m an avid yogi currently practicing at Corepower Yoga (check out my past yoga blog here) but I do not know much about the history of yoga or its prominent relevance to Indian culture.

“The origins of Yoga: The strongest evidence for the emergence of yogic techniques and goals dates to between the fifth and third centuries BC. In northern India men and women seeking to transcend suffering renounced society to devote themselves to meditation and austerities. Building on the tenets of the Vedas, the primary texts of orthopedic Hinduism, these renounces shared a belief in the samsara (the perpetual cycle of inherently painful lives) and in the idea that actions produce results (karma.)  Upon attaining omniscience they became enlightened, blissfully released from samsara.”

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Lerner Health & Wellness (GW University Gym)

 

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If you’re a student, then you definitely have some sort of access to a university fitness center. At GW, I think we have one of the best gyms around (but then again maybe my perspective is a little narrow because I can only compare it to my basement makeshift gym at home…)

LernerLerner Health And Wellness Center, or more commonly known amongst students as HelWell, is a great option for fitness if you can beat the crowds. I personally hate working out when there’s a lot of people I know at the gym, so I prefer to go before 8am which guarantees a decently small crowd. Crowds pick up around 9am, fluctuate, and peak after the work day.

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Yoga on a Student Budget

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One of the biggest struggles I have as a student trying to stay in shape is budgeting in the classes. Gym memberships, studio fees, and even the buy at home equipment/DVD’s can get really costly! When it comes to specials, Groupons, LivingSocials, discount-whatevers, I always try to take advantage of them. In addition, a lot of studios (especially yoga studios!) offer new member specials as well as student discount prices on single classes and package rates.

So, with that being said, I love rotating around yoga studios when I find an intro special (some are free!) and try to save money. Another plus is that this is a great idea when on vacation–my family rented a house in New Jersey for a week last summer, and I found a yoga studio that offered a $15 unlimited week for new students. If you live in a huge city like DC, there are tons of yoga studios to take advantage of!

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