"Close your eyes. Feeling the body. Consciously taking this seat, the seat in this moment ... Please bring hands together at the heart." Oregon State University instructor Sujita Sklenar opened a five-hour yogathon with an invitation and soothing words. "It's an incredibly wonderful time to listen to your own heartbeat, to feel your own breath, to go inside." Diffuse light from skylights and high-arched windows filled the room in the Women's Building Saturday morning. Bright orange, turquoise and green sticky mats formed three long rows, as 38 women and 10 men embarked on a five-hour stretch.
Yogathon (PAC 297) is one of 14,000 physical activity classes offered at Oregon State University each year; most are electives. It started as an experiment. Now it's a popular offering. "It's highly unusual to have a Saturday class," said Ann Asbell, director of the PAC program. "The fact that we can fill a class really speaks to the instructor. A lot of people teach yoga - she (Sklenar) lives yoga." "Yoga is truly a science of living. It is concerned with moral, physical, mental and emotional development," Sklenar said.