Yoga & Meditation Classes
Students experience increasing stress throughout the year. Yoga and meditation have
been proven to reduce stress levels, help with academic performance, and promote
overall emotional and physical well-being.
WELLWVU offers free yoga and meditation drop-in classes to meet the needs of our
students well-being in an effort to create an environment where students can thrive.
Ideal for anyone and everyone, BODYFLOW(TM) is the yoga-based class that will improve
your mind, your body and your life. For 55 minutes an inspired soundtrack plays
as you bend and stretch through a series of simple yoga moves and embrace elements
of Tai Chi and Pilates. Breathing control is a part of all the exercises, and instructors
will always provide options for those just getting started. You’ll strengthen your
entire body and leave the class feeling calm and centered.
Take some time to relax, breath, and bring some mindfulness into your day or evening.
We'll ease into the practice with a brief overview, utilize some breathing techniques,
and explore the body through a guided meditation. This practice will help you build
awareness, relax into the present moment, and create some more space for your day
and week. Yoga mats, meditation cushions, and chairs will be available. All levels
Power yoga is a style of yoga practice that focuses on the combination of movement
and breath. This 60 minute class will combine yoga pose sequences with a steady,
full inhale and even, long exhale. Students can expect a class that engages core
muscles, challenges balance, and increases flexibility. Power yoga is a form of
moving meditation that will improve mental and physical strength for all skill
This 60 minute practice is designed to restore the nervous system and help release
deeply held tensions from the body and mind. We use props to support the postures,
while gently stretching and strengthening the body. This class is appropriate for
students of all levels.
This 60 minute class is an all-levels class in which we move with breath to lengthen
and deepen in each pose. With a variety of teachers throughout the week, each week
will be a different, fun flow. Modifications are always available so that this
class is accessible to everyone from the first-time yogi to the advanced yoga practitioner.
This class is sure to leave you feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally refreshed,
creating more space to take on your day and week.
Audrey is a student in WVU's Masters in Counseling program and a GA with WELLWVU
focusing on stress management programming and leading the Student Wellness Ambassador
Team (SWAT). She grew up in NYC, studied and lived in NC, AZ, France, and Washington,
DC before landing in beautiful Tucker County, WV. Her yoga journey began 15 years
ago and since getting her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at PoYoMo in
spring 2016 she has been teaching a variety of community classes.
Ben has spent the majority of his life moving back and forth between West Virginia
and California. He has lived in Logan, Huntington, and Morgantown, but has
spent most of his life in San Jose. Ben began his fitness journey 10
years ago with weight training, which marked the beginning of his overall positive
life transformation. Eventually, the physical progress he achieved began to
pour over into other facets of his life. He began training in combat sports, primarily
in Muay Thai and Boxing, which further solidified his newfound strength and confidence. Eventually,
he moved to Huntington, WV in an attempt to reconnect his family and to strengthen
his academic life. Three years later, he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry
with minors in Mathematics, Physics, and Biological Sciences from Marshall University. After
moving to Morgantown, Ben discovered Power Yoga and used it as a way to catapult
himself into personal growth. He has used mindfulness and positivity -
two deeply rooted principles in his classes - to restructure the foundation of
his life and perspective. He maintains that his decision to practice power
yoga daily was the best life decision he’s made to date.
Ilana is a PhD student in Behavioral Neuroscience at WVU. She began her yoga practice
only one year ago but quickly fell in love with the sensation of peace and connectedness
that comes from the linking of movement and breath. She completed her 200 hour
Yoga Teacher Training in Houston and is excited to share her love of yoga and mindfulness
with the WVU community.
Kylie is an undergraduate student at here at WVU majoring in Public Health.
She fell in love with BODYPUMP classes when she started attending them
in the Fall of 2015; she loved how the instructors made the class so much fun.
This inspired Kylie to become a certified instructor in February 2016. In addition,
Kylie is currently working toward her certification inBODYFLOW. When Kylie isn’t
teaching BODYPUMP, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking,
or just sitting down with popcorn and a good movie. Kylie says: “BODYPUMP has given
me results that I haven’t seen with any other program and the group atmosphere
makes it so much easier to make it through a tough workout. When you hear the awesome
music and see everyone around you pushing themselves, it gives you the motivation
you need to challenge yourself and make it to the end.”
Lisa is a health psychologist working with the sPLAT Pediatric Psychology Team in
the Department of Psychology at WVU. She is originally from Ireland but has been
living in Morgantown for a year and has loved every moment.Yoga is one of her many
passions and she completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Moonbow Yoga. From head
stand to corpse pose, she loves all kinds of yoga and has recently gotten into
meditation as well.
Maggie grew up in Charleston, WV and moved to Morgantown in 2010. She attended WVU
for her BA in English Literature and Religious Studies and MA in Secondary English
Education. During her undergraduate years, Maggie started practicing yoga as a
form of physical activity and mental relaxation. She found the tools yoga offered
extremely beneficial and knew that she needed to share these tools with others.
She did her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Moonbow Yoga and Wellness at
BlissBlissBliss in Morgantown.
Ryan is a West Virginia native, born and raised in Buckhannon and a WVU alumni.
He is currently working as a health, wellness, and physical education instructor
at the middle and elementary levels for Monongalia County Schools. After a back
injury put a stop to Ryan’s love of running, he began to search for physical
activity that was challenging but restorative and lower-impact. It was through
this search that Ryan found yoga. The combination of the physical and mental
practice of yoga has relieved the stress that is placed on his mind and body
each day as he works with students in a very physically active environment and
has helped Ryan find the patience and center of calm that is necessary when being
sneezed on by multiple small people on a regular basis. Ryan now enjoys the transition
from teaching students in his schools to students in the yoga studio, where he
can share his love of the mind-body connection that is provided by a consistent
Ryan’s yoga classes are an athletic and physical flow of breath and motion that
are accessible but still challenging for participants at all levels. The nature
of Ryan’s classes will encourage students to dial their thoughts and intentions
into the present moment and bring their minds to a place of calm and focus.