DU students practice and teach yoga Yoga is becoming increasingly popular among students at DU. In fact, Several DUstudents are taking their passion for yoga to the next level and becoming certified yoga instructors. They are registered in various yoga styles, from Bikram, a hot yoga, to Vinyasa, a style focused upon synchronizing movement and breath.
According to the recent Yoga in America study by Yoga Journal, about 8.7% of U.S. adults (18+)practice yoga, more than 20.4 million Americans. Approximately 82.2% of these yogis, or yoga practitioners, are women.
People take yoga for many reasons. Some want to improve their flexibility, while others takeyoga for stress relief and spiritual reasons. Nevertheless, American yogis spend an estimated $10.3 billion each year on yoga between classes, equipment, clothing and other products.
“Yoga is a great workout,and something thateveryone should try,” SamPihl, a freshman DUstudent said.
“Yoga is a way of life, it’s a spiritual practice,” Steph Winsor, a junior DUstudent said. “I can feel it in my mind and my body when I miss a class.”
According to KCFitnessLink, theaverage yoga instructor isbetween 30 and 40 years old.However, current participants inyoga teacher training areanywhere from 19 to 75 yearsof age.
Basic yoga teacher certification requires 200 hours of training. Training includes much more than just attending classes, observing classes, and teaching classes. For some styles of yoga, training includes taking an anatomy lab, reading about the history of yoga, writing essays, and attending lectures.
Winsor (top), a sophomore double majoring in biology and public policy, is currently four weeks away fromcompleting her certification in Vinyasa.
Katie Elles (right), asenior at DU, wanted tobecome a certifiedinstructor because sheloves reading aboutmeditation and yogaphilosophy, and wantedto teach others aboutbody acceptance. Afterachieving her Bikramcertification through anintense trainingprogram, Elles nowteaches twice a week atCorePower studios.
CorePower Yoga offers teacher training in a variety of yoga styles. Sam Pihl, a freshman at DU, achieved her yoga sculpt teacher certification through CorePower.Sculpt yoga is a full body workout that incorporates free weights into the yoga poses.
When Winsor (middle)started her teacher training,she was unsure if sheactually wanted to teach.Now, almost done with hertraining, she offers freeweekly yoga classes at hersorority house, DeltaGamma.
Although Elles plansto pursue a career inpublic health policyand management,she intends to keepteaching.“Yoga will always bea part of my life,”she said.