Yoga help reduce stress during exams

Washington: A Loyola University Chicago Nursing Professor is going to teach yoga to her students to help them reduce stress during final exams.

Dr. Sandi Tenfelde, who is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and recently became a certified yoga instructor, will offer a yoga class for nursing, health sciences management and exercise science students during final exams week.

Her goal is to help her students reduce their stress levels, enhance their immune system and improve their emotional wellness, flexibility, strength, balance and posture.

“Yoga can provide college students with many emotional and physical benefits. Regular yoga practice during finals week also can improve mental clarity and concentration making students more likely to excel under pressure,” Dr. Tenfelde said.

Dr. Tenfelde also recognizes the long-term benefits of yoga for her students.

“Part of preparing my students to be good health-care professionals involves educating them on how to take care of themselves,” she said.

“It is easy to lose sight of self-care when you are concerned with caring for others on a daily basis. I hope to instill in my students the ability to reduce their own stress levels to better care for their patients,” she added.

“My hope is that yoga will give students a healthier alternative to the caffeine, sugar and adrenaline that often carry them through finals week,” Dr. Tenfelde added.