My name is Sarah Hehemann and I am a junior at Marquette in the College of Nursing. I started practicing yoga when I was 16 years old and was guided by my dad, a long time Yogi. It was not until I started college when I really started to grow deeper in my practice. I developed a stronger and deeper appreciation for the whole mind, body, and spiritual approach of yoga. Not only is a yoga practice centered around strengthening the body physically, but it is also deeply rooted in strengthening the person emotionally and mentally. It is a practice guided by one’s breathing, inner connection, and focus to develop a deeper personal practice. For me, yoga is not solely a time to center my mind and only listen to what my body needs, but it is also a time to separate myself from the craziness of the college lifestyle of being constantly connected. I started focusing my practice on Vinyasa Flow, which really stresses a practice of core work, balance, and moving with the breath. The Sun Salutations are my favorite sequence to practice because they encompass full body movements and really help to build strength and release muscle tension in just a few rotations. Vinyasa yoga has really helped me build up my strength and learn how to use my breathing to guide my practice and hold more difficult postures. Yoga has without a doubt changed my life for the better. After each practice I feel renewed, energized, happy, calm, and among many others, I feel strongly at peace with my life.
I began teaching at Marquette University’s Wellness Center Spring Semester of 2015 and I absolutely love it! It was definitely a unique transition and perspective to lead a class through an hour long sequence. But since I have started, I have learned that it is really all about the flow of the class and giving everyone the chance to try new postures. It has been very fun to see students who have been coming to my classes at the Wellness Center since last year and are now at classes this year and really noticing improvements in technique, flexibility, and overall strength. I am also a very big music person, so the playlists I use in my classes are different for almost every class and I love new suggestions. This year, I have really been working to ask the students what they want to learn or practice each day and encourage them to ask any questions about certain postures for specific aches and pains.
To anyone who has never tried yoga, has tried yoga but is unsure about pursuing a deeper practice, or someone who practices regularly and wants to keep up their technique, I would encourage you to go to any of the Wellness Center Yoga Classes that are offered! It is an amazing opportunity to get a feel for yoga and to really work towards overall better holistic health. It is a fantastic way to exercise, decrease stress levels from our chaotic college lives, and really clear your mind. There are no necessary requirements to do yoga; it can be done anywhere at any time, and it can truly change a person if they commit themselves to not only the practice, but to the lifestyle of a yogi as well. There is no end to the learning of yoga and there is no perfection. If there is one piece of advice I can give to my fellow Marquette peers it would be to try it and if you like yoga, keep practicing!
— Written by Sarah Hehemann
Sarah teaches yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays at the East Medical Clinic in the 707 Building near Carpenter Tower and Cobeen Hall. Join us for free yoga classes on Mondays from 5–6 pm, Wednesdays from 5–6 pm, and Thursdays from 7–8 am, 5:30–6:30 pm, or 7–8 pm.