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September 29, 2010

Yoga class continues offering flexibility

Shauna Banks

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Just a few weeks into the fall semester, after a slew of syllabi listing assignments and research papers, students are still able to find their inner peace. This peace originates from the Basic Movement Yoga Exercise course offered at Wesleyan this semester in the Sid W. Richardson Center. Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Pati Alexander has taught this course for three years, since she received her yoga teacher certification in 2007. Although yoga comes in many forms, this beginner’s course is categorized as hatha yoga, which is usually a slower-paced type of yoga with breathing exercises and seated meditation. Students also learn basic poses and relaxation techniques. “Hatha yoga benefits students in several ways: breath awareness—learning to breathe properly, meditation—which helps with stress, and postures—which improve flexibility,” Alexander said. The University Catalog also lists this one-hour course as an option for satisfying activity course requirements for all majors. “The yoga class so far has been really fun,” said Stephanie Franks, sophomore education major. “Ms. Alexander conducts a well-balanced class.” Franks said the class has a good mix of lecture, physical activity and educational videos. “The constant change of instruction keeps me alert and awake,” Franks said. “The last five minutes of each class is designated for ‘relaxation time,’ which is a time to clear your mind, relax your body

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Angie Ruiz | Rambler Staff Senior exercise science major Sofia Maldonado and freshman exercise science major Garrett White hold the Gomukhasana, or cow face, pose during Pati Alexander’s basic movement Yoga exercise class.

and remain unattached, free and open. I really enjoy the class and the manner in which Ms. Alexander teaches it.” Yoga has become widely popular across Fort Worth, with new facilities for group and personal sessions available to the public. Lynda “Cricket” Hackney, a yoga therapist and registered yoga teacher at the Priya Yoga and Nia Studio in Fort Worth, said a consistent yoga practice builds strength and flexibility, while offering stress relief and greater confidence. “Anyone can benefit from a yoga practice,” Hackney said.

When goals such as enrollment are met, the committee in charge of the plan may step back and decide whether additions are necessary, said Bill Bleibdrey, senior vice president of finance and administration. “These are fairly universal and everlasting [goals],” Bleibdrey said. “These won’t change. What’s going to be in the body of the strategic plan is “what are we working on now that moves us toward achieving each of these objectives. And that will change all the time.” Financial responsibility

comprises the sixth imperative of the strategic plan. “It [the strategic plan] really is a road map for what we need to be raising money for in the next five to 10 years,” said Joan Canty, vice president of university advancement. Bleibdrey said he hopes to raise the school’s endowment from $40 million to $100 million. This would allow the school to offer a significantly greater number and higher amounts of scholarships, he said. At the moment, only about $1.2 million in endowment scholarships are given

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continued from page 1 “It could be interesting to find out if the student body in the northern part of the United States and those maybe at UT-Austin will be the same,” Salih said.

“If you go into an established class, just don’t expect yourself to be able to keep up with the class right away. Do what you can, listen to your body and you will be amazed at how much more you can do after a short time of practicing.” At capacity with 21 students in the class, the yoga course at Wesleyan has a limited number of spots each semester. However, other students and non-students can find their inner peace too by registering for classes in facilities all over Fort Worth, including Indigo Yoga, The Wellness Center and Bikram Yoga Fort Worth.

Methodist Student Movement is changing names, but keeping faces. Methodist Student Movement will change its name to Religious Life this fall. The group has decided to change its name to ensure all students and faculty understand that it is not only for Methodist students. “Robert Flowers had the idea to change the name of MSM to Religious Life because there was a lot of misunderstanding that the group was just for Methodists,” Eli Cumpton, program coordinator and chaplain secretary, said.

Dr. Robert Flowers took over MSM and the university chaplain position when he arrived on campus last spring. Flowers said he hopes to use his position to reach out to other faith backgrounds, Cumpton said. “I joined Religious Life because I wanted to experience other people’s faith in an open forum,” said senior mass communications major Reggie Brown. Other changes include changing the name of the Chapel to University Chapel, as well as changing from Bible Study to Common Meal. Common Meal takes place held at 12:15 p.m. every Thursday on the third floor

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program, be very involved in their schools, well-rounded and have academically high achievement to qualify for the scholarship,” said Christina Elbitar, president of Hispanic Women’s Network. To receive a scholarship from the Hispanic Women’s Network, each candidate must go through a scholarship class called Latinas in Progress. each year. In the program, students “So you could say, ‘We are attend a monthly workshop going to provide the students at colleges such as Texas four times as many scholar- Christian University, Univerships,’” he said. sity of Texas at Arlington and

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of Poly UMC in the all-use room. “As a religion major, I spend too much time on the third floor,” said Justin Mikulencak, sophomore religion major. “It’s where all my friends are.” Brown said religion is a touchy subject although it doesn’t have to be. People should be able to discuss religion in a comfortable setting. “There is no prerequisite to attend University Chapel or Common Meal,” Cumpton said. “We want everyone to know that it is opened to all.” University Chapel takes place 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the PUMC Chapel and consists of live music and discussion.

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Wesleyan to discuss leadership and management skills. Ibarra and Gallegos began the classes their senior years of high school. “I’m just very grateful for it,” said Gallegos, junior early childhood bilingual education major. Gallegos received her scholarship when she graduated from Castleberry High School in 2008. She was involved in several organizations on campus including cheerleading, band and National Honor Society. “It seemed like a great op-

portunity,” Gallegos said. Ibarra graduated from Arlington-Heights High School in 2007 and received her scholarship the same year. Ibarra was active in volleyball, golf, Spanish Club and Student Council. The Hispanic Women’s Network hosted its yearly Latin art show Sept. 25 at the Rose Marine Theatre. The group auctioned pieces of art and other items to raise money for scholarships. Portions of the profits, and sometimes all of the money, go toward the scholarship.

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Correction: In a headline in the Sept. 22 issue, The Rambler referred to Dr. Patsy Robles-Goodwin as an English professor. Dr. RoblesGoodwin is an associate professor in the school of education.

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