uw yoga month

Yoga Month is Coming to UW!

Posted on by Stephanie Garbaczewski. This entry was posted in Being Active. Bookmark the permalink.

National Yoga Month is an awareness campaign held each year during the month of September to share the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re curious about yoga or are a seasoned yogi, celebrate with us! Contests, events, random prizes…this will be a September like no other at the UW.


1. CONTEST: Does your team need a yoga break?

Enter to win a FREE yoga session for you and your team. Submit a photo and the reason why your team would like by posting on our Facebook page or emailing us by August 30. The photo could be of your team, where you work, or a project you completed together. Maybe your department completed a big task, or you’ve been heads down all summer preparing to welcome students back to campus? We want to share all the great work that’s been happening around the UW this summer! The winner will have a yoga instructor (from a studio in our fitness network) come to where you work (or a nearby location of your choice) and lead a relaxing practice in September. Enter now!

uw yoga

2. CHALLENGE: 21-Day Yoga Pose Challenge

Say OM! Starting September 2, registered participants will receive a pose of the day via email. The pictures are of some of our awesome UW faculty and staff who also happen to be yogis. Poses will include adjustments for how to do the pose as well as specific benefits from each pose. Did you know certain poses help to prevent osteoporosis and others can relieve stress and mild depression? Try a pose that helps to improve digestion or improves your balance and posture.

Strike the pose, get a coworker to take the pic (or snap a selfie if you are that flexible), and post your photo on social media or email it to us wholeu@uw.edu. You can tag any pics, comments, or tips #uwyoga on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Each Friday, we will post a collage of the best pictures from the week on Facebook. Get creative and take your pose off the mat. We love photos snapped in front of iconic UW locations, waiting for the Tower elevator, or at the bus stop. Show us your inner warrior!

Bonus! All registered participants of this challenge will be entered for a free month at a partner yoga studio of your choice. REGISTER NOW


3. National Yoga Month EVENT

The Whole U Speakers Series proudly announces its next seminar with UW faculty member and yogi Gary Martin. Dr. Gary Martin (aka Yoga Gary), will host a yoga seminar and practice session on Tuesday, September 30, at noon in the HUB. Be prepared for an interactive session as Gary shares his journey to yoga, the benefits of a yoga practice, and a 30-minute practice session. Several of our yoga partners will also provide information on their studios so you may further your own yoga journey. REGISTER NOW


yoga gary

I learned from Yoga Gary that the best thing we can do for our body is to go upside down every day. Benefits include reversing the aging force of gravity, improving posture, elevating mood, and improving mental awareness. I’ve decided to include inversions as part of my daily practice.


For a chance to win a Whole U prize pack, tell us why you practice yoga and your favorite pose (or why you want to give it a try) in the comments below. Do you know of any other yoga opportunities happening at UW? Tell us about them!


To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY) or dso@u.washington.edu, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event. 

16 Thoughts on “Yoga Month is Coming to UW!”

On August 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM, L L said:

I like the corpse position for meditating. And naps.

    On August 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM, Stephanie said:

    I’m a big fan too.
    Corpse pose (Savasana) is one of total relaxation. Some say it’s the most challenging pose!

On August 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM, JJD said:

I practice yoga to keep me balanced. It feels like I’m doing a huge favor to both my body and my mind, and I definitely miss it when I go too long between sessions. My favorite pose would have to be triangle.

    On August 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM, Stephanie said:

    I can relate… When I don’t feel like I have time for yoga that’s when I really need it. Good thing September is Yoga Month! Have you already registered for the September 30th session?

On August 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM, Treasure said:

I practice yoga because it makes me feel strong and relaxed at the same time, and I am always able to improve. My favorite pose is Bird of Paradise.

On August 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM, Lilian said:

Heard yoga is good for your lower back. Therefore I am excited to try yoga 🙂

    On August 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM, Stephanie said:

    That’s great Lilian! Have you signed up for the 21-day Yoga Pose Challenge? It’s an easy way to get introduced into yoga one day at a time. Let me know how you like it!

On August 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM, Marissa said:

I practice yoga for stress management and to alleviate my low back pain. I like Wheel or Cobra for my back, but sometimes it feels really good to be upside down in a head stand!

    On August 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM, Stephanie said:

    Agree, a headstand feels magical after a long day.
    Other poses to strengthen the lower back: Dolphin, Extended Triangle, Big Toe, and Half Lord of the Fishes. All part of the 21-day Yoga Pose Challenge!

On August 13, 2014 at 6:53 AM, Barbara Brown said:

Yoga has saved my physical life. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, MS, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, took about 8 different drugs and was 30 pounds heavier when I found MY yoga practice – Bikram Yoga. I take NO medications and I feel better now than I did when I was 30! I can do most anything except running. It keeps me sane and balanced, flexible and strong. I will take the challenge and do some postures here at work.

On August 13, 2014 at 8:19 AM, Carolyn Bea said:

I practice yoga for the mental rest and clearness it gives me. While I enjoy more yang type classes and always feel wonderful afterward, I do yin for my soul.

On August 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM, Stephanie said:

Agree, I love the mental clarity after a good yoga session. Sun salutations are incredible for clearing and energizing the mind and body.

Comments are closed.