Meditation sessions help students relax

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Students can calm, refocus and recharge their minds in health promotions office.

By Jahna Lacey

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The office of student life is presenting “I-Rest” meditation sessions 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 4 in the health promotions office in Room 150 of Loftin Student Center.

“The methods of meditation to be presented are relaxation techniques, such as breathing deep, slow breaths to relax the muscles and focus on the mind,” education support specialist Erika Peña said. “Stretching will help loosen the muscles and tendons. It is important to stretch because it allows you to be more aware of your body.”

Peña said meditation is an effective process in handling stress.

She said the meditation sessions will be a good opportunity for students to destress as they will be able to relax without consistent what-ifs.

Meditation can help with allergies, anxiety disorders, heart disease, pain, high blood pressure, sleep problems and substance abuse, she said.

The meditation sessions will be an hour long, and the health promotions office will provide mats. Students should bring their own mats in case the office runs out, she said.

“Meditating can help students clear away information overload that has built up from everyday stress,” Peña said. “The most important part of meditation is to find yourself and be at peace with yourself. Being aware of the breaths you take will help you in the long run.”

Peña said students can gain a new perspective on stressful situations, focus on the present, increase self-awareness and reduce negative emotions.

“Breathing can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance,” Peña said. “Meditation benefits both emotional well-being and overall health. It can help carry you more calmly throughout the day.”

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 210-486-0158.

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