Longtime LSU yoga instructor helps students heal their minds and bodies in her UREC class | Entertainment

With a deep inhale and a deep exhale, Janice Goodloe is able to create a transcendent experience for a jam-packed room of LSU students in her Yoga for Relaxation class at UREC.

Goodloe, an administrative program specialist in LSU’s Office of International Programs, is well-liked by those who take her classes. As she guides students through each yoga pose with her soft voice, cooing words of peace and encouragement, they can feel all the stress and anxiety of their day blasting away.

“Just knowing that I can help someone else and be the highlight of their day? That’s priceless,” Goodloe said.

Goodloe began working at the university in 1985 and began teaching fitness classes in 1988. Before UREC was built in the 90s, Goodloe taught dance and step classes at Carl’s Country Homes. Maddox and Huey P. Long with a boombox in tow. After a knee injury, a doctor recommended that she try yoga to ease her pain.

The more yoga classes she took, the better her knee felt. Goodloe got hooked and decided to start teaching yoga at UREC in 2005. Practicing yoga has helped her breathe through the daily movements she does that usually tire someone’s body.

“At my age, I have really good flexibility, strength and posture, and it’s all thanks to yoga,” Goodloe said.

The response to Goodloe’s class has been overwhelming, with the 30 places available in its Monday and Wednesday 5:30 p.m. sessions filling up within minutes of registration opening. She often has a long waiting list of people hoping someone can’t make it to the course so they can get a spot. People look forward to joining her class and feeling her loving energy.

Yoga for Relaxation class enters a Triangle Pose Stretch on Jan. 26, 2022 at LSU UREC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“He’s just an angel, honestly,” junior marketing Emily Wesley said. “Every time I come to this class I always leave feeling ten times less stressed than when I walked in. It’s so good for kids our age to get into yoga right now so you can learn from it. a habit for life.”

Students are overwhelmed with a sense of calm upon entering Goodloe’s classroom. Her passion for creating a welcoming and tranquil atmosphere radiates throughout the course, ensuring everyone is in a safe space.

“I start my classes by saying, ‘Please remember there is no judgment and there is no competition,'” Goodloe said.

“If you’re a newbie, enjoy being a newbie. We all started at some point. Listen to your body, listen to your mind. In yoga, pain is not a game.

Tye Tavaras, director of global partnerships in the university’s Office of International Programs, is Goodloe’s colleague who now attends Goodloe’s classes.

“She exuded so much sweetness and positivity,” Tavaras said. “When she told me she was teaching yoga, I knew I had to come for the class.”

“I wasn’t sure what to expect the first time I came, but she created such a welcoming and comfortable environment that I was going to become a regular,” Tavaras said.

When people tell Goodloe they’re a little nervous about class, she tells them that yoga is about listening to your body and doing what’s best for you. There is no competition in his class and no one is watching anyone else. Everyone is on a private trip.”

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An LSU student relaxes in the first pose Jan. 26, 2022 at LSU UREC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“We are all here for a common goal; to tap into each other’s aura and bring positive energy to the class,” Goodloe said.

Even Goodloe herself was once a beginner, unsure of what to do and mildly apprehensive. It took time, practice and patience to get to where it is today.

“When I took that first yoga class and did that warrior pose? My arms were shaking and my legs were shaking.

Goodloe’s yoga class is a mix of yoga newbies, seasoned pros, and even casual college weightlifters and trail runners looking to loosen their stiff bodies. No matter who is present, Goodloe encourages students to follow their emotions.

If they’re having fun, she likes to see smiles and hear laughter. If they are overwhelmed with emotion, she wants them to let themselves cry. Goodloe said allowing herself to let go and release her emotions is part of the yoga experience and her class at UREC.

“I am truly honored to work at LSU UREC, this beautiful, beautiful facility, in my beautiful yoga studio,” said Goodloe.

Goodloe thanked the settlement service workers and the entire UREC staff for supporting her throughout her career.

At the end of each of her yoga classes, Goodloe engages the class in what’s called “Shavasana,” when you lie flat on your yoga mat, relax your body, and meditate. Goodloe gently coaxes the class into a meditative state in the silent room. Many students find that they fall asleep during this time.

“When someone comes up to me after class and says, ‘Ms. Janice, your voice is so soothing, and it relaxes me so much, I can fall asleep,’ there are no words to express how point it matters to me,” Goodloe said.