Humber library helps students unwind with calming events

Humber students take a deep breath in while participating in Yoga to relieve stress at Humber's Recess event. Humber students take a deep breath in while participating in Yoga to relieve stress at Humber’s Recess event. (Photo by: Katie Jones)
Katie Jones
A&E Reporter

The four-day Humber event Recess in the Library is known to help students de-stress.

From March 2 to 5 Humber’s North campus library teamed up with the First Year Experience program and the International Centre.

One of the series of events, known as Massage on Wheels, aimed to help calm students with an offering of massages, yoga and the opportunity to make homemade stress balls.

“This is the first time we’ve ever worked together to build an event and we thought it was a great opportunity to do a joint partnership,” said Aliya Dalen, a Business and Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism student, experienced librarian, and one of the chief organizers of the event.

“We also tried to get other student support and services involved. We have Humber Athletics helping us, Public Safety working with us, and the Aboriginal Centre,” said Dalen.

The recess was intended to give students a break from their busy schedules and find some time to relax.

“I think it’s a great way of having that bit of relief and I think it’s important to the overall experience of school,” Dalen said.

“I think we ask a lot in terms of writing papers and exams, there is a lot of work involved, so it is nice to give a little bit of fresh air to the heavy work load.”

Mobeen Sheikh, the president of Humber’s Good Deeds Club, said, “I think it’s really good that the faculty is organizing such an event. They realize that students can have some break downs, I can have them when there’s a lot on my plate.”

“So when I have a little bit of time to get together with some people that I haven’t met yet and know we all share an interest in de-stressing, I think it is a great way to get together and release some anxiety,” Sheikh said.

Alice Sulman is a registered yoga teacher who teaches at Humber Athletics. She is also an Academic Advisor at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Sulman said she believes yoga can help reduce stress, get blood flowing and the mind centered.

“Yoga is a great thing that anyone can do, regardless of your skill level, your age, anyone can do yoga to the best of their ability,” she said.

“You just go to the limit of your own body and take tiny steps to stretching each day. Being mindful of making time for yourself.”

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