Though they need not be long, please give your journals some thought. Journal entries accomplish a few things:

  • Gives you the opportunity to critically think about what you are learning
  • Provides a way for you to think about incorporating those lessons into your daily life
  • Allows you to easily earn points toward your final grade throughout the semester that only takes a few minutes to complete
  • Gives me, the instructor, insight into what you are learning and how I need to shape the class

In order to receive 1 point for each journal (totaling up to 20 points of your final grade), please write at least a paragraph or two. (One or two sentences is not long enough and will not yield the one point expected.) Record journal entries as replies (comments) to any of the posts on the bottom of the OU class page throughout the semester.

Journals can be completed in response to materials presented, or you may write free-standing journals on your thoughts throughout the semester in the comment section on this post.

You can write about class itself, lessons you’re learning ‘off the mat’ related to class, ways you’ve incorporated practice into daily life (examples: slowing down to breathe instead of blowing up, noticing how you’re holding your body throughout day, etc.), anything about life that you can somehow tie back to yoga class.

For your first journal entry, write about your first class experience. You may include any of the following:

  • Surprises from Day One
  • Anything you found interesting
  • Were you surprised by the habitual way you hold your body – sitting, standing, etc.  Have you ever thought about that before?
  • How you felt prior to class and how you felt after class