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.
Mats provided. First come first serve at all classes.
* Rec Center classes are free for students and members. Non-members can pay or explore membership options at the front desk or at studentreccenter.wvu.edu
Ideal for anyone and everyone, BODYFLOW(TM) is the yoga-based class that will improve your mind, your body and your life. For 60 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.
Buti Yoga is a high-intensity fusion of power yoga, dance elements, and plyometrics. This 60 minutes class combines cardio, strength training and flexibility in one seamless format. No prior yoga experience is necessary.
Pilates, also known as Contrology, is a mind/body workout focused on improving core strength and stability. This 60 minute class will enhance flexibility, endurance, and strength not only in one’s core, but entire body. Every practice concludes with 10-15 minutes of stretching to leave the body and mind refreshed.
PiYo Live is inspired by both Pilates and Yoga. The 60 minute class is designed for those who want total body flexibility, strength, low impact flows, and cardiovascular exercise, all within one hour! The only equipment used is bodyweight, and each class will leave you feeling unstoppable.
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 levels.
Infuse your week with some relaxation and tension release. Poses will be held for longer than in other yoga classes, often with the support of props such as blankets, cushions, and straps, to enhance the release of stress and tension. This 60 minute class is great for anyone looking to sooth and nourish their body after a workout, a long day, or simply to access greater connection, compassion and clarity through yoga practice.
Slow Flow Yoga
Slow flow is a slower paced class that connects deep breathing with fluid yoga poses. It allows you to find your edge in a pose as well as feeling relaxed. This 60 minute class is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation!
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 yoga practice.
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.