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Bending Over Backwards to Stay Healthy: Yoga Class Provides Body and Soul Experience

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    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 23, 2015) – With exercise mats unfurled, about 100 University of Miami students, faculty, and staff participated in “UM’s Largest Yoga Class” on Tuesday, stretching their spines and twisting their torsos in an hour-long session held at the Herbert Wellness Center.

    Led by seven yoga instructors, two of whom walked about the Centre Court adjusting people’s posture, the free class combined movements of Vinyasa, Prana, and other forms of yoga and was part of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) #HealthyCampus Week. During the weeklong initiative, the Wellness Center and UM Dining teamed up with other departments and divisions to highlight and promote the University’s health and wellness initiatives.

    “We want to make the healthiest choice the easiest choice at UM,” said Scott Levin, executive director of the Department of Wellness and Recreation.

    Levin noted that last year, UM joined 19 other colleges and universities to become part of the PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, a three-year commitment aimed at making college and university campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around nutrition, physical activity, and programming.

    The Wellness Center is celebrating 20 years of defining wellness for the University of Miami community and will honor its anniversary with several special programs and events throughout the year. For more information about PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative or the Wellness Center’s 20-year anniversary celebration, visit

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