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UMKC Students Find Tranquility and Strength in RooFit Power Yoga

A Transformative Journey of Physical and Mental Well-being.
Evelyn Berger
A RooFit Yoga class led by Maggie Coomer.

  RooFit offers a variety of free workout classes for students to help with the everyday stresses of being in college. 

  From cardio to yin and restorative yoga, the classes become both physical exercise and a mental sanctuary. Instructor Maggie Coomer started leading yoga classes at the beginning of the fall semester.  

  “Yoga is a way of life. It’s a system of how to engage in the world, in a more harmonious and peaceful way,” Coomer said. 

  A key factor in yoga practices, mindfulness, helps reduce stress, depression and anxiety and can boost endorphins, those feel-good chemicals. 

  Sophomore history major, Olivia Christensen, was drawn to RooFit Power Yoga because of the low-level of commitment.   

  “For some people, it’s nice to know that you can try something new without spending money,” Christensen said. “I ended up liking it, but it’s nice to know that if I went to a different class and didn’t like it, I didn’t sink any money into the practice.” 

  Students utilize this practice not only because it’s free, but also to support their mental health. 

  “I have somewhere to physically get my stress out,” Christensen said. “Before going to yoga I felt like I was really sitting in my stress for a long time with no way to get it out of my system.” 

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