Stretch your body and your soul in the Yogathon

An instructor guides a yoga class in the Hart building. Photo courtesy of BYU-Idaho.

Room 210 in the John W. Hart Building has the potential to be the calmest place on campus from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 11. Anyone who enters the room will notice dimmed lights, diffusers and an abundance of friendly smiles. This will be the planned ambience of the Yogathon.

While a traditional marathon focuses on endurance, hard work and pushing through difficulties, the upcoming Yogathon is built around tranquility and learning about BYU-Idaho yoga classes in a welcoming and relaxing environment.

Attendees will meet the yoga instructors and get a taste of their different teaching styles. It will also be a great opportunity to improve flexibility and pursue inner peace.

“You can just let the worries of the world go away for that bit of time,” said Lisa Robinson, BYU-I fitness activities advisor.

Adeline Blomfield, a junior studying exercise physiology, has been teaching yoga at BYU-I for three semesters and is planning this semester’s Yogathon with Robinson. Blomfield believes yoga is for everyone and can be tailored to what individuals need.

“I always teach my classes with a focus of the class, but I always tell them that they should do what feels best for them, because everyone’s needing something else or something different throughout the day,” Blomfield said. “And so, I always try to make it personal to them, so they get what they feel like they need for that week or day.”

That accessibility and individuality will be reflected in the Yogathon, as the event is open to all experience levels, and everyone can tailor the different styles to what is best for them.

More information about the Yogathon and how to register can be found on I-Belong. BYU-I approved fitness clothing is required. Mats and blocks will be provided, but attendees can bring their own if preferred.

There will also be opportunities to join this event in future semesters. The plan is to repeat the Yogathon every fall and winter semester. If there is a Yogathon in the summer, it will be held in the Ricks Gardens to take advantage of the sunny weather.

“Come and check it out,” Robinson said. “See what yoga is all about.”