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Yoga on Foss with WesBAM + SHOFCO

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Renee Dunn ’14 of WesBAM has a suggestion for how to productively spend at least one day on Foss Hill this week:

Ring in hill season with a fun-filled FREE yoga class on Foss Hill in collaboration with Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)! Inspired by the Kibera School for Girls and their playful yoga practice, we will be channeling their upbeat, joyful, and sassy energy. Celebrate the weekend, springtime, WesFest, and international yoga practice with us. All levels are welcome! Donations to SHOFCO will be graciously accepted.

And, in case you needed another reason to spend your afternoon on Foss, SHOFCO will be debuting the NEW YOGA BAGS, designed and handmade by the women of the SHOFCO Women’s Empowerment Project (SWEP) – which will be sold in WesBAM classes through there after. Other beautiful merchandise will be available for purchase as well!

To learn more about SHOFCO and SWEP, visit their website.

Rain Location: Fayerweather Theater Room (106)

Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Foss Hill! (Rain location: Fayerweather Theater Room 106)
Cost: FREE
WesBAM Website?  Yep!

Yoga and Mythology Workshop with Alanna Kaivalya

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Shira Engel ’14 wants you to get flexible:

A free yoga workshop with world-renowned yoga teacher Alanna Kaivalya who will lead Wesleyan students in a challenging, yet accessible vigorous yoga class this Sunday night. Bring your friends! Get ready to rock! Also, you are more than welcome to come for the last half of the workshop or just the first – yogi’s choice! Myths of the Asanas Workshop, 6-7:45pmThe myths of yoga’s spiritual tradition have the power to change old patterns of behavior,providing us with enlightened insight that brings us closer to who we really are. All of these myths and more will be explored in this Kaivalya Yoga Method workshop which will include some lecture, lots of asana, a little chanting and a lot of insight.Kirtan with Alanna Kaivalya and Chris Grosso, 8-9pm

Music is an essential component of yoga practice, and kirtan is the beloved practice of call-and-response chanting where the audience becomes part of the band. As accomplished musicians and recording artists, Alanna and Chris lead a jubilant kirtan including sacred sanskrit mantras as well as uplifting english chants that help to integrate the audience, and offer an experience of down-home bliss.

Date: Sunday, April 7
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Place: Beckham Hall
Facebook: Event

Taste of WesBAM! Event


From WesBAM! Co-Manager Renee Dunn ’14:

Have you been contemplating taking a WesBAM! class, but have been hesitant or unsure of which class was for you? Whether this is has been holding you back – or if you just want an opportunity to have a sweaty, fun time for free – Taste of WesBAM! might just be the solution to your woes.

This collaborative class will integrate yoga, kickboxing, and Zumba through the teaching practices of five phenomenal WesBAM! instructors: Renee Dunn ’14, Shira Engel ’14, Emily Hunt ’13, Anya Morgan ’14, and Leigh Stewart ’13. Each instructor will teach a 10-12 minute segment of their class, ensuring an exciting and unique fitness experience.

All levels welcome and accommodated. Come one, come all and mix it up with us for this awesome sampler class!

Check it out.

Wesleyan Body and Mind (WesBAM!) Promotional Week


Renee Dunn ’14 wants you to keep those New Years’ Resolutions:

Want to take fitness classes? Want to try them for FREE?! Well, good news – WesBAM! is back and kicking off the semester with a week of free classes. Meet all of our awesome instructors and try any of our classes – whether it be Zumba, CardioKickboxing, Krav Maga, TurboKick, or one of our many yoga disciplines. All classes cater to beginners, and no prior experience or fitness level is required. Check out the Spring 2013 schedule, rates, class descriptions, instructor bios, and more on our website at wesBAM.weebly.com. Looking forward to seeing you in class! Check below the jump for a schedule…

Befriending Your Body Support Group

Alysha Warren is offering survivors of sexual violence a chance to complement their healing process by integrating the mind, body, and spirit through yoga this semester:

Many survivors of sexual violence find yoga to be a helpful complement to their healing process. “Befriending Your Body” is a new 11 week support group that incorporates yoga and discussion of self-care, mindfulness, body awareness, and other topics to assist survivors in their healing process. The yoga session will be facilitated by a teacher who specializes in working with trauma survivors. Don’t let Rusty deter you- no yoga experience required.

rusty the yoga elephant The group begins meeting on Tuesday, February 12th – Tuesday, May 7th from 5:30-7:15pm. Space is (very) limited and registration is required.

Contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator, for details and more info at awarren[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. Reference “Befriending Your Body” in the subject line. The group will be facilitated by Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator and Cheryl Hughes, RYT. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, February 8th. Space is limited, apply soon!

Deadline: Friday, February 8th
Contact: awarren[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

WesBAM! Kids Yoga Teacher Training

kids doin yogaFrom newly published Shira Engel ’14:

Interested in teaching yoga to kids?

The WESBAM! JR KIDS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING is an incredibly fun, cOMmunal, accessible, and educational experience!

Training addresses teaching yoga to children in pre-school and elementary school. Whether you are seeking to incorporate what you learn into your current work with children or would like to apply to be a kids yoga teacher at Green Street, the WesBAM! Jr. Teacher Training will provide you with the information, tools, and inspiration necessary to begin doing so ASAP. The skills you will learn in this training will be highly relevant and valuable for a variety of settings you will find yourself in from here on out. This training will allow you to bring a holistic and embodied perspective to educational and recreational volunteer work/jobs now and in the future. NO TEACHING OR YOGA EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

To find out more, join Shira Engel and Leigh Stewart for a FREE YOGA CLASS this Friday at 2pm in Fayerweather and we’ll answer all your questions!

Date: Friday, January 25
Time: 2 pm
Place: Fayerweather

Shira Engel’s Yoga U

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This past fall, Shira Engel ’14, Wesleyan’s own sage yogi extraordinaire, self-published an e-book on yoga for college students called Yoga U: The College Student’s Tools for Balanced Living. Julia Drachman ’14 drew the book’s illustrations. From a recent press release about the book: 

Yoga U was written and illustrated to be as user-friendly as possible. With 100-plus yoga poses, diagrams, instruction, and translation, full yoga sequences for personal practice created and contributed by celebrity teachers, embedded links to external resources, as well as clear and effective instruction for breathing exercise, Yoga U is a manual for optimal use of body and mind. The e-book also places an emphasis on yoga philosophy, including interpretations of the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga broken down in a fun and playful lexicon familiar to college students. The e-book connects students to college yoga across the country with interviews with college yoga teachers and a resource guide at the end.

You can buy Yoga U here, and also view its Facebook page. If you really love yoga, check out Shira’s yoga classes with WesBAM! next semester.

Stress-Free Extravaganza

Jeanne McPhee ’13 invites you to spend a romantic relaxing afternoon with the PHA’s:

Join WesWell in Usdan this Friday to prepare for a stress free finals week! There will be many de-stressing activities such as coloring, cultivating gratitude, testing your knowledge of sleep hygiene, some awesome giveaways and much more!

To top it all off, Shira Engel ’14 will be leading a yoga class in Usdan 108 from 12:30-1:30pm!

Date: Friday, Dec. 7
Time: 11:30-1:30pm
Location: Usdan
Cost: freeee

Teach at the Green Street Arts Center

From Paulina Jones-Torregrosa ’15 and Codi Leitner ’13:

Do you like working with kids? Do you have a passion for teaching others? Are you fun, energetic, and consider yourself a leader? The Green Street Arts Center is looking for teachers for the Spring 2013 semester! We are particularly looking for someone who is interested in teaching dance or yoga, but all course proposals are welcome. This is a paid opportunity for work-study students. You would be responsible for working with 1st through 3rd graders from 4-5 pm. All it takes is an hour and a half a week! Please send your course proposals ASAP to Sandy Guze.

Where: Green Street Arts Center
When: Next semester, once a week
Contact: sguze(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
Deadline: ASAP