The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 25, 2000, health & wellness, Image 13

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Meditative exercises on the rise
The sign on the wall of
Roseberry’s Sho-rei-shobu-kan
bans the use of four-letter-words.
Specifically, the word “can't.”
The studio, specializing in
yoga, t'ai chi and other martial
arts, located on 18th and N
streets, encourages and ensures
that everyone - even the most
out of shape - can find an exer
cise and meditation combina
tion to fit their daily routines.
“We have people who come
in here who can't even touch
their toes,” said Patty
Cottingham, a yoga instructor
for two years and a martial arts
instructor for eight years at
She said she has the best
explanations for why people
have turned to yoga and other
meditative activities for exercise.
“It’s fun,” she said. “It’s relax
ing. It’s invigorating.”
Cottingham said yoga has
many benefits, among them
building flexibility, muscle and
bone strength and more restful
(Yoga gives) you more grace
in that it centers your body so
that you’re not off balance when
you move,” she said.
Yoga is based on a number of
strengthening positions, called
asana. Cottingham said while
yoga is not aerobic in nature, the
pulling of muscles and con
trolled breathing needed to hold
the asana make yoga just as
much of a cardiovascular work
out as a round of step aerobics.
T’ai Chi, another form of
meditative exercise, is unlike
yoga in that the positions are not
held. Rather, a person moves
constantly throughout the work
“T’ai chi is an ancient form of
Chinese martial arts,” said Sam
Fifer, a student and sometimes
instructor at Roseberry’s. “The
difference between karate is that
Sharon Kolbet?DN
A student at Roseberry's martial arts center, Sam Frfer, practices the meditative art of
fai chi. Fifer explained that fai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition using slow, choreo
graphed movements to promote balance and flexibility.
t’ai chi is practiced in a slow
motion,” he said.
Fifer said moves learned in
t’ai chi have applications to self
defense, whereas Cottingham
stressed that in yoga, the chi, or
life force, is channeled into “a
sense of self and space.”
Both types of exercise require
heavy focus on breathing tech
niques, which are taught during
the workouts.
“Yoga breathing is a lot like
what I’ve been taught to do on
the horn,” said University of
Nebraska-Lincoln graduate
Brian Leising, who also plays the
saxophone. He said that the tech
niques he has learned in yoga
help him in his daily life.
Stephanie Welge, a UNL
graduate student, agreed. An
opera singer, she said that the
physicality, alignment, stamina
and focus she has honed in yoga
Please see YOGA on 4
Rec center offers
fitness and fun
If looking in the mirror has
you reeling from the sight of the
extra pounds you’ve packed on
at summer picnics, or you’re try
ing desperately to avoid the
“Freshman 15,” then the
Campus Recreation Center has
just the plan for you - lots of
plans, in fact.
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln Office of Campus
Recreation offers many fitness
opportunities to students who
want to take off the pounds, or
simply want to have some fun.
“We’re here to provide a pos
itive place for students to come
and burn off a little stress,” said
Chris Dulak, assistant director
for marketing and development
at campus rec.
The rec center coordinates
150 intramural sports, including
softball, flag football and 9-ball
pool tournaments, Dulak said.
It also offers sports clubs that
compete against other universi
ties in activities that include soc
cer, baseball and rowing.
"Sport clubs are not varsity
level but are one step up from
intramural competition,’’ Dulak
If that’s not your game, you
can try the Campus rec’s fitness
and wellness programs.
Fitness classes, which are
held throughout the week and
require a fee, include indoor
cycling, step aerobics and kick
boxing, said Sarah Emanuel,
assistant director of fitness and
wellness services.
If you’ve tried to pinch an
inch and have failed, a registered
dietitian is on hand to teach stu
dents about healthy meal plans,
and personal trainers are avail
able to develop individual fit
ness routines for students for a
modest fee, Emanuel said.
Students also can train on
their own by using the rec cen
ter’s weight room or the Super
Circuit workout facility after tak
ing a brief orientation course.
If you’re itching to get out of
the confines of the residence
hall, or away from your annoy
ing roommate, the Outdoor
Adventures section of Campus
Recreation may be an answer to
your prayers.
Students can participate in
canoeing, backpacking and rock
climbing trips at fair prices,
Dulak said.
Students who wish to learn
new skills, including technical
ones such as CPR, and ones for
fun, such as golf, can go to the
David Clasen/ DN
Top: Chad McCammon sprints for the
end-zone Sunday night during a intra
mural flag-football game between
Farmhouse and Delta Upsilon.
Mitch Minarick evades tacklers Sunday
during the flag football game between
Farmhouse fraternity and Delta
Upsilon.The intramural sports give stu
dents a chance to stay healthy through
athletic activities.
Instructional Programs section
of Campus rec, said Vicki
Highstreet, assistant director for
instruction and staff develop
Last year, 80 percent of UNL
students used at least one of
Campus Recreation’s programs
or facilities.
Campus rec also employs
600 students in a variety of posi
tions and is always looking for
workers, Dulak said.
Essentially, the rec center
exists to help people stay
healthy, Emanuel said.
“Some people have a hard
time transitioning from a team
sport in high school to a fitness
program on their own,”
Emanuel said. “That is where we
can help.”
Students interested in sport
clubs and intramural activities
can call the Campus Recreation
Center at (402) 472-3467 on City
Campus or (402) 472-2479 on
East Campus.
You can also check its Web
site at