Yoga class helps students burn calories, relieve stress

No matter what age we are, we all face spurts of stress and anxiety and need a way to release those pent up emotions and find a peaceful, relaxing escape that lets face the day with a more positive approach.

At the University of Texas at Tyler, Ryann Martin of RyYin Yoga and Personal Training comes every Monday and Wednesday at 6:15 a.m. and leads a group of students and HPE members in a series of yoga poses.

Most people don’t know what the benefits of yoga are, but there is tons of information of how yoga positions burn fat, reduce stress and stretch and strengthen muscles. Martin uses all of these tricks to teach students how to live more peaceful and healthy lives. gives a good description of what yoga is and where it originated.

“Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual discipline and branch of philosophy that originated in India reportedly more than 5,000 years ago. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to yoke, join, or unite. The Iyengar school of yoga defines yuj as the “joining or integrating of all aspects of the individual – body with mind and mind with soul – to achieve a happy, balanced and useful life.” The ultimate aim of yoga, they claim, is to reach kaivalya (emancipation or ultimate freedom).”

Ryann Martin said of yoga that it relieves stress because there are breathing exercises one can do to get your mind at ease. Martin added that yoga is a perfect time that one can be all by themselves and have their hope restored and their peace returned.

For beginner yoga student Belinda Dale, her reason for starting up yoga is to relieve back pain and be more healthy. After her first yoga class she said she could already feel her muscles getting stretched in ways that were going to help her back in the long run.

Madisyn Epps a nursing sophomore at the University of Texas at Tyler has been doing yoga since January. Epps said that she feels more relaxed during the days she gets in a yoga class and sleeps better at night as well.

On June 6, 2013, posted an article “10 of the best yoga poses for sleep.”

“We live in such a fast-paced environment and our senses are always being stimulated, and that affects our nervous system,” said Vyda Bielkus, yoga teacher and trainer, and founder of Health Yoga Life. “The yogic technique of focusing on your breath can be helpful – the exhalation stimulates the nervous system to release … the poses also help us relieve tension from the physical body.”

According to, yoga supports your connective tissue, boosts your immune system functionality, helps you sleep deeper, relieves tension in your limbs and countless other things. took the time to crunch some numbers that offer more demographical and statistical information on the topic of yoga:

Total Number of Americans who practice Yoga:15 million

Percent female:72.2%

Percent male:27.8%

Precent who earn more than $75,000 annually:44%

Percent who earn more than $100,000 annually:24%

Percent between the ages of 18-34:40.6%

Percent between the ages of 35-54:41%

Percent over 55:18.4%

Percent who are college graduates:71.4%

Yoga by Location

Percent of practitioners that live on the West Coast:20%

Percent of practitioners that live in the Northeast:30%

Percent of practitioners that live in the Midwest including Ohio:30%

Other parts:20%

Yoga Industry Growth Statistics

Amount spent annually in the US on yoga products:$27 Billion

Percent increase on yoga product spending over the last 5 years:87 %

By watching the video, we can get a look into what Martin’s classes are like, and how they are helping transform people’s lives.

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