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APW’s Yoga Club field trip

The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School Yoga Club took a trip with art teacher and yoga club advisor Cristina Kaine to Dharma Yoga in Liverpool to learn more about yoga and practice yoga in a traditional studio.

The APW Yoga Club is pictured at Dharma Yoga in Syracuse. From left are: Alana Kelly, Caitlyn Cleinshmidt, Lindsay Rollson, Karly Hilton, Paige Brown, Shanin Comtois and Ms. Cristina Kaine, Yoga Club adviser.
The APW Yoga Club is pictured at Dharma Yoga in Syracuse. From left are: Alana Kelly, Caitlyn Cleinshmidt, Lindsay Rollson, Karly Hilton, Paige Brown, Shanin Comtois and Ms. Cristina Kaine, Yoga Club adviser.

Saraswati Om, director, led a memorable class structured to include kirtan (chant), asana (poses), pranayama (breath work) and meditation. She also played and demonstrated crystal bowl music.

Students also enjoyed trying many different traditional Indian dishes at Sahota Palace in Liverpool.

The club also went for a forest bath at Green Lakes State Park and learned that it is meromictic and one of the most studied lakes in the world.

Meromictic, is a lake where the layers of water do not mix, and the lake does not turn over.

This phenomenon gives the lake its beautiful emerald green color and boasts a large variety of plant life and fish.

The forest bathing trip involved visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation. Studies show that being in nature positively creates calming neuro-psychological effects through changes in the nervous system with reductions in stress, anger, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness.

“Yoga has the power to heal and enhance a student’s educational experience,” said Kaine. “This trip is one that none of us will forget, it was both energizing and inspiring.”