Yoga: MUN’s Best Kept Secret

Beginner and Core Classes Offered at The Works

Kristopher Smith

Are you interested in yoga but find classes at the popular local studios a bit too pricey? Did you know that The Works offers both beginners and a core yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays? If you answered yes to the first question and no to the second, it is because these classes are not advertised very well aside from few posters in the Field House.

Drop-ins at Moksha or Nova will cost you around fifteen dollars at the student rate, which can definitely add up if you plan to attend multiple classes a week. The classes at The Works are included in the recreation fee you paid as part of tuition. Those who are not students or Field House members can pay a drop-in fee of $4.85.

Meghan Samson who has been a yoga teacher since 2016 instructs the classes. She has completed training in Costa Rica with Sadhana Yoga focusing on both Vinyasa and Hatha styles of practice. This past July, Meghan traveled to Vancouver to complete more training in Yin Yoga.

It has been seven years since Samson first fell in love with yoga after taking a class at Nova. She said her main goal when teaching is “that everyone leaves feeling better than when they came- physically, mentally, or emotionally. I always try to bring a little light to my students’ day.” Meghan is very approachable and has a very welcoming personality, starting every class asking her students if they “have any requests” for certain poses or body parts that need some work as if she is about to take the stage for Open Mic at the Breezeway.

When asked how she would respond to someone who says they “can’t do yoga” (or “play yoga” as one of the campers at Camp Whatchamacallit mused over the summer) Meghan said there is more to the practice than just physical poses. “[Yoga] teaches you to be more aware of your body and breath, to move in a way that works for you, and to gradually increase strength and flexibility over time.” She said saying that you “can’t do yoga” would be the same as saying you could not play guitar. “I can’t [play guitar],” said Samson “because I’ve never tried. Everyone starts from somewhere; you just need an open mind and willingness to learn to begin the journey!”

Meghan teaches five classes at MUN throughout the week from 12-1:50 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the PhysEd gym. The Gentle Lunch Time Flow is aimed at beginners and is great for a gentle stretch. Core Strength Vinyasa Flow happens at 1 pm. and is a more challenging core based flow where aspiring yogis must be comfortable in plank and downward dog. (She also teaches a basic yoga class at the ungodly hour of 8 am on Monday if you are so determined.)

These classes are arguably the best-kept “secret” at The Works. Students and patrons can get instruction from a knowledgeable teacher who is also warm, welcoming and makes an effort to make a connection with everyone that lays down a mat.

Photo by
Lian Morrison @tinbirdproductions