Students become one with nature through yoga

Yoga Retreat

Students at BYU-Idaho have the opportunity to attend a yoga retreat at the foot of the Teton Mountains Nov. 20-21.

Emily Ladd, a junior studying recreation management, said the goal for the yoga retreat is to provide an opportunity to have fun, promote healthy living and reduce stress. She said those goals will be achieved through yoga and eating well.

Ladd said health workshops, yoga classes and food will be provided.

“Not just food, but good, healthy food that makes your body thank you when you eat it,” Ladd said.

Makara Lim, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering said he has benefited spiritually from yoga.

“People don’t realize that it involves the gospel a lot,” he said. “It has made me more compassionate, empathetic and willing to help others.”

Jocelyn Smith, a yoga instructor and a freshman studying communication, said she feels more connected to the environment when she does yoga in nature.

“Yoga changed how I looked at life,” Smith said.

Smith said that when she started doing yoga, it made her better spiritually and physically.

“I have always loved yoga,” said Chandler Petry, a yoga instructor and a freshman majoring in general studies.

Petry said doing yoga outside helps her feel more enlightened and connected with the earth.

“It gives me peace of mind and strengthens me and my flexibility,” Petry said.

Petry said she sometimes does yoga in the cold or when it is windy, but it is worth it every time.

“In nature, one can truly feel a deeper bond to Heavenly Father and experience his peace and acceptance,” Ladd said.

Yoga can help students get better grades by improving listening skills and enhancing focus and concentration skills, according to U.S. News of Health.

The retreat will be overnight at the Outdoor Learning Center. There will be transportation leaving on Friday at 5 p.m. from the Outdoor Resource Center. Students will return at noon on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office and are $12 per person.

“Yoga is not only a wonderful form of exercise, but even more importantly, it can help us connect with ourselves and our surroundings,” Ladd said.

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