What Our Members Are Saying

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YUW has given me confidence, both in myself and in the power of loving communities. I feel more connected to others and to myself after this short year in YUW. I am forever grateful for this club as it gave me support during the most difficult of times in my life.

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YUW has done so much for me. It provided me with a place of refuge from schoolwork, a community of loving people, and a desire to keep my physical fitness in check. I have felt supported by all community members, solely from their attitude toward me. Most importantly, Yogis at UW has helped me learn to love myself.

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I would have never had the opportunity to become a yogi while in college without YUW. I also would have never grown this much, nor learned this much about myself as a person. Yogis at UW has helped me manage my stress levels and see myself in a new light. I am so thankful for the experiences I’ve had with YUW so far, and look forward to being in the club until I graduate!

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Because of YUW, I have had the honor of meeting so many lovely people that I may have never met on this gigantic campus. One girl I happened to sit next to the very first meeting in Fall 2011 – and today she is one of my best friends. That is a gift, that is a community and I have loved every minute of these past two years.

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I will first say that every time I do something involving Yogis, I am happy for the rest of the day. It has been so nice to spend time around and work with like-minded people who care about yoga, health, friendship and making the UW community a better one. Watching YUW blossom from day one has been so incredible! This club has helped me to slow down my busy life a bit and be grateful for the new people I meet and build relationships with and the little things that make life so great.

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Being a part of YUW has really enhanced my life this year. Not only did I make great new friends, but I was able to become closer to myself, know what my body can do, and have a more healthy outlook on life, in all aspects. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this community.

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First of all, Yogis at UW has provided such a terrific deal for such great teachers and lessons and I am very grateful for that. But even more important than money is the sense of commodore amongst the general Yogis community; I feel as though all of us, with different backgrounds and personalities, become one through the difficult but the extremely gratifying experience of yoga.

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Prior to joining YUW I felt like the average overly-stressed out college student who didn’t have time for anything but school and the occasional weekend social events. I definitely had no concern for my spiritual relationships or health. YUW truly has opened my eyes to so many things, and I can honestly say that I am a happier as well as healthier person because of it! I could not have done it on my own. For that I am eternally grateful.

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It is incredible how much Yogis at UW offers its members. The opportunities to practice new kinds of yoga and participate in workshops, the availability of new knowledge and information about such a beneficial practice, and the community atmosphere and access to extracurricular events and activities are all of immense value, and we as members are incredibly lucky. The club has allowed me to focus on a new part of myself, and to develop immensely as a person. Becoming a part of Yogis at UW is one of the best decisions I’ve made at the UW, and I am so grateful for all the club has given me.

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Yogis has helped me to become more focused as a student, more fulfilled as a person, and more giving as a yogi. I really appreciate that this club really emphasizes being a community and not just a convenient place for yoga classes. It is exactly the kind of club I was looking for to meet new people and become more involved at UW. I want to thank the officers in YUW who have put in incredible hours to make all of this possible for us.

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YUW has given purpose to my college experience. Whenever I feel lost, inadequate, or like I have no idea what I’m doing with my life, I think of YUW, and I remember that I am already doing something with my life. I think that YUW has become an important and positive force at the UW campus, and I hope that more clubs like this start popping up at universities around the country.

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Initially, I was skeptical about joining Yogis at UW because I have never done yoga before and was afraid that I wouldn’t be good at it. But I joined, nonetheless, and it was the greatest decision I’ve ever made. Yoga isn’t about how good you are. It’s about how good it makes you feel. I’ve felt so good about yoga that I have started doing mini yoga morning sessions by myself and sharing some moves with my dear friends.

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YUW has given me the patience, wisdom, and confidence to survive my 20s! Spiritually, socially, mentally, physically – YUW applies to various aspects of the lives of students in all walks of life. The YUW community has inspired me to be a more open, compassionate, and motivated individual. These inspirations have followed me off the mat into most aspects of my personal life, and it is my hope that they will carry over into the lives of others!

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Yogis at UW classes are much different from other yoga classes. There’s something awesome about practicing yoga with fellow students. Yogis has really helped me stay positive this year. Whenever I went to a meeting, event, or class, the officers and other members helped elevate me from any slump that was happening in my life. I felt that I gained perspective in class. Others should join because it is a wonderful and positive community that brings joy and peace into your life. Yogis are truly amazing.

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I know I am not the only college student who feels like I never have time for myself. I’m always going, going, going. YUW has created a really special place for us. When I go to class I feel like the instructors, officers, and members actually care about how I am doing. The classes have helped me slow down and realize that my own health is important too.

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YUW is a wonderful experience. I never felt I was a part of a community at UW until I became a part of YUW. Yoga has changed my life, and all the people I met through the club have impacted my life in such positive ways.

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YUW was a way for me to pause my life of work and school and take some me time. Time where I did not think about what I had to do after, what assignments or tests I should be working on, what I was procrastinating on. But rather, YUW gave me a chance to focus on my body and my mind and be aware of myself in a way that I had not been able to before. I have had plenty of issues with my body image and yoga taught me how strong and beautiful my body is and helped me find peace in the person I am.

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I made friends, and that isn’t very easy at UW. I hardly even did yoga! I went to a lot of social events, brunches, and what not. I had fun doing stuff with other students that had nothing to do with school, work or parties/bars.

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I truly believe the mission of this club is SO important. Yoga has been a HUGE place of emotional growth for me this year. While I enjoy the physical aspects, I believe the emotional strength and peace yoga gives me is truly why I keep coming back. It’s fantastic to be able to share this with other college students!

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YUW has brought me to a major turning point in my life, both physically and emotionally. I have become a much more spiritual and easygoing person.

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I joined in at the beginning of winter quarter, after leaving the UW women’s rowing team. Yoga helped me relax and realize that my body needs kindness, not pressure to do more all the time. Yoga has helped me realize my body-mind connection, and how if I take care of my body, my mind is calm, which is truly a feat for me. Thank you YUW, for helping me come to these revelations. I’m sure I will have many more in the many years I will be a member of YUW.

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YUW was a really great experience during the winter quarter when I was struggling with my romantic relationship and my relationship with myself. It certainly helped me to gain confidence, center, and self love. I truly had a great experience in the club and cannot wait to continue being a member of the YUW community next year.

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YUW saved my mental health. I was having a really rough time this year due to many issues, and being able to meet so many new wonderful people that were also interested in yoga was awesome.

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YUW introduced me to yoga when I was still a competitive athlete. Yoga helped me in ways I never would have previously imagined: I gained huge amounts of speed and strength! Also, I quickly realized the concentration I was forced to adopt in yoga was easily applicable to all parts of my life, especially academics and athletics.

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YUW has meant the world to me this year. I had no idea that the loving community I stumbled on this fall would be the beginning of a lifelong journey of yoga, friendship, and self-exploration!

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When I joined YUW in 2011 I was not aware of how much of an impact it would have on my life. I had never tried yoga before, and because being in the club was so affordable, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. Soon after, I was dragged into a tornado of stress and dreariness because of school and the weather. YUW’s yoga classes were like a beacon of joy in my life during that time, and my boyfriend commented that the only time I looked happy was after yoga. That feeling I felt in yoga slowly trickled down to other parts of my life, and now I am a happier, healthier person, and I have YUW to thank for that. I am really happy that YUW exists!!!!!

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I went through a very difficult year with relationship trouble and losing the person I wanted to be. YUW has been a very good experience for me in that yoga, and the positive community (along with the great energy of the teachers), has helped me along the path to happiness and finding who I am again.

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I just want to thank YUW for being so invested in this club. I cannot imagine how many hours the officers put into organizing everything but you should know that this club truly made a difference in my freshmen year of college. It has been an absolutely wonderful opportunity.

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This is the first club I’ve been in at UW and the dedication of the leaders is outstanding. It’s not only for girls and makes you feel better in every aspect when you leave. They offer a lot of different opportunities and provide a safe platform to make friends. I LOVE YUW.

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Being a part of YUW has changed my life in only good ways. I definitely appreciate how the officers put a lot of effort into making this club a community and not just a club that offers yoga.

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Being a member of YUW has forced me to branch out of my small “group” of friends I usually hang out with. I have met a lot of really incredible people, and there is something really special about being surrounded by so many positive minded yogis. I have always felt welcome and at “home” in our classes. The yoga has made me learn more not only about myself, but the way I am connected to those around me. I love that part of their mission is to build a community, we need that at UW.

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Winter quarter I let the rain/bad weather get to my head and I definitely struggled emotionally to where it was difficult to study and do homework for school. My housemates were all involved in YUW, and they were participating in 28 days of yoga. I saw all their cool pictures on instagram and it inspired me to start practicing yoga moves. I then made it a point to work on a move everyday as a study break to help refresh my brain, and realized it actually helped me refocus. Spring quarter I joined YUW, and I can honestly say I am happier/positive person because of it. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity you have given me.

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YUW has been so great for me this year. It definitely helped me through some tough moments when I was unsure about lots of things in my life. Being able to come to a familiar place every week and getting to know faces and names and do yoga was just so awesome.

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Whenever I spoke to anyone in YUW I was met with warmth and kindness. It has been a great environment that has allowed me to feel more at home at UW. Yoga has given me insight into a certain confidence and power I previously didn’t know I could attain. It has helped me deal with the stress of study and helped keep things in perspective. Thank you so so much for all the teachers and volunteers time and dedication to yuw. It really means a lot.

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I had a really rough fall quarter with relationships and with grades. I joined YUW in the winter and have seen a tremendous change in myself. This club has allowed me to expand my horizons and network with different individuals that I wouldn’t have not met otherwise. Yoga has helped me to become stronger both emotionally and physically and has helped me to lead a happier outlook on life and a healthier lifestyle. I am definitely looking forward to staying apart of the YUW community for my duration at UW.

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