Make a difference. Feel a difference.


Okay, it’ s really  time to send winter packing now and what better way to welcome the new season than by getting out and helping others.  No task is too big or too small.  It’s time to figure out ways how you can do good this spring!

With so many options, sometimes the most daunting task is figuring out where to start.


Yoga pose

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In order to escape the hectic stress of New York City, I retreat to a yoga studio called Yoga to the People. Their mission statement clearly states, “Yoga to the People is a unique yoga studio with the goal of recapturing what we consider to be the essence of yoga…simply put, yoga made available to everyone.” The studio runs on donations where users pay what they can afford. As a student, I use yoga to de-stress and take a break from my busy schedule, but as a student, I also have a tight budget. I can’t afford to buy a monthly yoga pass. Not only does my local yoga studio let me stretch and strengthen my body, but it unites me with the rest of the yoga community.

Yoga is an amazing form of exercise that lets me escape from the world for an hour. Yoga helps tone and sculpt muscles while gaining strength, flexibility, and balance, while helping decompress and achieve a sense of inner peace. However, the most rewarding aspect of yoga, in my opinion, is its community. Achieving “inner peace” with 50 other like-minded individuals in a room? There is nothing more powerful. I walk out of each and every class feeling empowered and ready to take on the world.

What better way to transition from months of hibernation? I urge you to try a yoga class (Yoga to the People has locations in New York City, Seattle, Berkley, and San Francisco) this spring. If you’re already a yoga enthusiast, introduce your friends by taking them to a class or demonstrate the fundamentals.  It’s the perfect exercise during this transitional phase into the sunny spring season in which, like the blooming flowers around us, we begin to stretch and grow.

Using the same model as Yoga to the People, are there skills or talents that you can share with others in your community? If you truly want to help, you can offer your services for free or accept donations. The rewards may not be monetary but the good will you generate may help in other parts of your life.  Be a part of the community. Make a difference. Feel a difference.

I promise – you’ll feel Pretty Good!


Alex Morency is a soccer player and NYU student studying Media, Culture and Communication. Follow her@am0rency


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