Techniques for staying stress-free after a long weekend


Putting off chores, homework and responsibilities to go out of town for a three-day weekend may sound relaxing at first. But trying to squeeze in everything you put off into a shorter week can make life stressful, and all the fun you had during the long weekend will seem like a long time ago.

For those that need to relax after a busy weekend, meditation and yoga are popular choices. There are several studios to choose from in Columbia:

  • Elm Street Yoga: This yoga studio offers classes for people of all skill levels. The yoga taught is Iyengar yoga, which helps build strength and balance and encourages relaxation. This method of yoga also uses props to help align the body during poses.
  • Alley Cat Yoga: This yoga studio emphasizes Kripalu yoga, a type of yoga which emphasizes self-awareness and compassion through its poses. The studio offers a variety of classes, including kids yoga and Yoga 101 for beginners.
  • Show Me Dharma: This non-profit organization teaches insight meditation based on Theraveda Buddhist ideals through classes, workshops, retreats.
  • Mindfulness Practice Center: For MU students, faculty and staff who are feeling stressed with coursework already, don't worry: The Mindfulness Practice Center offers a variety of classes to deal with stress — some for credit. Classes available include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Hatha Yoga and Noontime Meditation. There are classes available for non-students as well.

This is just a sampling of some of Columbia's yoga and meditation studios. You can find another studio, or even download a yoga app from iTunes. What is something you do to handle stress?

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