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It’s no secret that college students are stressed, perhaps more so than any other population. But drowning yourself in caffeine and staying up late cramming for exams are not the surefire ways to success. Rest, relaxation, and physical exercise are in fact more beneficial for your academic performance.   

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According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, yoga relaxes you, allows you to have better rest, and increases your strength. So, although yoga isn’t the answer to all of your problems as a college student, it is a practice that will help you perform better, and better yourself.

Now, let’s dive into the specifics of how yoga benefits you as a college student.

Reduces Stress

Yoga has been proven to reduce stress in college students.

As stress begins building up on day one of a college student’s college career, this is the most important benefit of yoga for college students.

Multiple studies have shown that yoga can decrease the secretion of cortisol, cortisol being the primary stress hormone in the body. During one study, one hundred and thirty-one people with mild to moderate levels of stress were recruited from a community in South Australia to do yoga consistently for ten weeks. The results of the study were that yoga was found to be as effective as relaxation in reducing stress, anxiety, and improving mental health.

Promotes Better Rest 

Studies have also shown that incorporating yoga into your routine can increase the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness, promoting better rest.

In one study, 69 people were designated to either practice yoga, take an herbal medicine, or act as part of the control group. The group of people that practiced yoga fell asleep faster, slept longer, and felt more well-rested when they woke up than the remaining two groups.

Speaking of better rest, air purifiers are another thing you can have in your dorm that helps you sleep better. 

Air purifiers, as you can probably guess, purify the air. These devices trap dust, dust mites, pet hair, pet dander, mold, and other bacteria. As allergies are a common reason people have trouble sleeping at night, air purifiers help many people sleep more soundly.

Air purifiers may also release white noise, which is also used as a sleep aid.

The Medify MA-15 Air Purifier is an air purifier that makes medical-grade air filtration affordable for small rooms thanks to its sleek and simple design. It’s perfect for small to medium size dorm rooms or a small to medium size bedroom in an apartment.

It has a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 150, and cleans up to 165 square feet every 15 minutes and the average size dorm room every 20 minutes. 

Other features include:

  • Medical grade H13 True HEPA Filter with 99.9% particle removal
  • Three fan speed  
  • Child safety lock 
  • Four timer setting  
  • Filter replacement indicator 

Improve Concentration

This lesser known benefit of yoga is ideal for college students. As college students, concentration is key for being attentive in all of your classes and keeping all of the information from your various courses in your mind. 

Since the practice of yoga itself is centered on concentration, performing the practice correctly (e.g. linking breath with movement, aligning and balancing your poses, and being mindful in your practice) improves your concentration. 

Finding your drishti, or the point onto which you shift your gaze during your yoga practice, is also essential for improving your concentration. When your gaze begins to wander, so do your thoughts. While practicing yoga, it is important to find a drishti during the duration of a posture so that you can focus your attention on just one spot, allowing you to concentrate that much better. For your drishti, it’s recommended you find a still, non-moving point in front of you at eye level to focus your gaze on - without altering it.

Some poses that specifically improve your concentration are Tree Pose (Vrksasana), Eagle Pose (Garudasana), and Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III).

This Reach the Sun Yoga Mat is ideal for your yoga practice and key for improving your concentration. The mat features a design from OCM’s curated selection on the front and a fresh white color on the back. Not only is it great for your practice, but it also makes an eye-catching addition to your yoga studio or apartment. And the best part? Every purchase of this yoga mat pays the artist who designed it, which supports creativity worldwide.

And in case you need a matching mug (hey, you might!), we’ve got you covered. The Optimist The Dance Of The Spirit Coffee Mug is a 12 oz ceramic mug that sells for only $15. In it you can drink Peppermint or Chamomile tea, another thing proven to reduce stress. 

Builds Strength

Studies have shown that practicing yoga builds strength. And although this may not necessarily seem pertinent to college students, strength training is a form of physical exercise, and exercise, in any form, is proven to reduce stress.

In one study, 79 adults performed 24 cycles of sun salutations (a series of foundational poses often used as a warm-up) six days a week for 24 weeks. As a result, participants experienced a significant increase in upper body strength. 

Another study had similar findings. In this study, 12 weeks of yoga practice led to improvements in strength, as well as endurance and flexibility, in 173 participants.

Practicing yoga is an effective way to improve your body strength, and your improvements in strength are only further accentuated when done in combination with other forms of exercise. 

Connects You With a Supportive Community

One reason adjusting to college is difficult is because you are leaving behind your current support system. But practicing yoga, and more specifically joining a yoga studio, connects you with a supportive community with common interests. 

If you aren’t one to join any large clubs or organizations, or even if you want to be a part of multiple communities (a yoga community being one of them), joining a yogi community at your university will help ease that initial loneliness and make the transition to college a lot smoother. Better yet, yoga will allow you to meet your lifelong friends and provide you with a support system at your home away from home.

After all, beautiful minds inspire others. If you need a daily reminder of that, check out this The Optimist Beautiful Minds Inspire Others Rectangular Tray. 

This rectangular tray is crafted from 100% sustainable and eco-friendly flat grain amber bamboo with a satin finished display. It’s available in two sizes, making it the perfect accessory wherever you need a little extra organization or decor.

Every purchase of this tray pays the artist who designed it, supporting creativity worldwide.

And another way to connect with a supportive community is to have a yoga mat that will spark a conversation in the studio. The Optimist Everything Set Your Soul Free Yoga Mat is anything but ordinary, and is sure to get you a compliment or two. 

The yoga mat features a design from our curated selection with a blue backdrop on the front with a fresh white on the back. The design is of a woman with long blonde hair pinned up with flowers in a yoga pose facing the sky, which depicts small black birds. Every purchase of this mat, too, pays the artist who designed it, further supporting creativity worldwide.

It Fits Into Your Schedule

Yoga doubles as a form of relaxation and exercise, and combining these two aspects of self-care into one is ideal for someone in college with a full schedule. 

Yoga grounds you in your day as much as it improves your physical health. The deep breathing and meditation aspects of a yoga practice work on what’s called the HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis), which controls your sympathetic nervous system (SNS), the fight or flight response that keeps your body cued up, and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which tells you to relax. Yoga reduces the SNS and increases the PNS, resulting in a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure. 

Yoga also benefits your physical health in many ways. Yoga increases muscle strength and tone, improves flexibility and balance, and promotes healthy eating habits. 

We’ve already broken down how yoga can increase your muscle strength, but there is 

considerable research that shows that yoga also improves flexibility and balance. 

A recent study showed the impact of 10 weeks of yoga on 26 male college athletes. Doing yoga significantly increased several measures of flexibility and balance, compared to the control group.

Mindful eating, also known as intuitive eating, is a concept that encourages being present in the moment while eating. Yoga places a similar emphasis on mindfulness, so those who practice yoga develop mindful eating. There are studies to back this up.

One study incorporated yoga into an outpatient eating disorder treatment program with 54 patients. The study found that yoga helped reduce both eating disorder symptoms and preoccupation with food. 

Yoga is also a low impact activity, meaning that it does not put as much stress on your joints as other forms of exercise such as weight lifting. Because it is low impact, it is not tiring of a task as other forms of exercise. So, if being sore all day from running or lifting heavy weights deters you from exercise, yoga may be the solution. 

In sum, practicing yoga specifically benefits college students because it reduces stress, promotes better rest, improves concentration, builds strength, connects you with a supportive community, and fits in your schedule. Yoga is a practice that will help you perform better, and better yourself, and there are also numerous products that will enhance the benefits of this practice.