Benefits of meditation and yoga

JD Loftin and Olivia Sherlock

With anxiety as the most common disorder in America, professionals are found turning every which way looking for solutions and coping mechanisms.

Apps like Headspace, Calm, MINDBODY and Buddhify have been made to help control breathing or calm someone during a panic attack.

Another solution people turn to is meditation in many forms, including yoga. Psychology teacher Courtney Buffington sponsored a yoga club last year.

“I suffer from anxiety,” she said. “People think [only] a pill will help, [but] I have learned over the years that not only breathing but also muscle movement and focusing your body is a great way to reduce anxiety.”

Although there is no yoga club this year because no students have shown interest in leading it, Buffington said she would like to eventually bring it back.

“I never taught the yoga — we had a student who was a certified yoga instructor, and she led the club for two years,” she said. “When she left the third year, we did it through videos. It was less successful and popular opposed to having a real instructor.”

Yoga is an important part of Buffington’s health and has become a vital routine, especially when stress arises.

“It is an important part of my emotional well being,” Buffington said. “If I’m feeling sick or stressed, that is the first thing I’ll look to. I did not realize how important yoga was until I took a year off from it. What I love about yoga is it is the most meaningful way to calm your mind as well as your body.”