Mind & Body

Yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice of discipline originating from Northern India over 5,000 years ago, is still relevant in our modern world today! Abby Mercatoris, a current junior at VT discovered her freshman year that yoga can relieve stress and anxiety, enabling her to better manage her thoughts and mind. She was inspired by the benign nature of the practice and decided to become a yoga fitness instructor. She wanted to help promote yoga by not only exercising the body and mind, but by stretching intellectual mediation and awareness. To become an instructor Abby took HNFE 2254 which is a Group Fitness instructor course, fall of last year. She then had to pass the National

Thanksgiving: Another Case of Ironic Origins

If you didn’t know, the term “holidays” come from “holy days”. Examining many popular holidays on closer inspection reveal religious motivations underpinning them. Much of that has diluted and now celebrated days like Valentines, Easter, and Christmas aren’t so strictly religious. In fact, many commonly associated aspects to these days in modern times have little to do with the original traditions and tasks conceived in their origin. As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m sure you won’t be surprised that its origins also do little to reflect its now modern and secular self. Ask many people about Thanksgiving, and you might get something about Pilgrims, Wampanoag, and a little bit of Squanto. It’s t

thank u, next

If you haven’t heard Ariana Grande’s new song, then what have you been doing since Saturday? I am so obsessed and have listened to it at least five times a day since it was released. The lyrics are what I love the most. She gives breakups, what are one of the worst experiences, a positive spin. I have shared the same view when looking at a negative situation. Thinking about what you have learned instead of focusing on the hurt that came from it allows for a healthy coping process. There are so many great lines in the song as well. My favorite is, “wish I could say thank you to Malcom, cause he was an angle.” That one gets me every time; really tugs at the heartstrings. I am still not over Ma

A Hokie's Guide to Upcoming Events: Homecoming Edition

A Hokie’s Guide to Upcoming Events Kayla Reeves It’s Homecoming Week in Blacksburg and Silhouette has everything you need to know to be prepared for the weekend! This week we highlight all-things Virginia Tech Homecoming. 2018 Virginia Tech Homecoming Concert Burruss Auditorium Thursday, November 1, 2018 8:00 PM Young the Giant is coming to Blacksburg for Homecoming 2018! General public tickets are being sold for $30.00, while student tickets, available for purchase with a Hokie Passport, are $10.00. Young the Giant has sold out Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and Lollapalooza. SAA Spirit Rally Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn Friday, November 2, 2018 8:00 PM Per Hokie tradition, t

Too Soon for Christmas?

It’s officially November! And in my house, that means the Christmas music has already begun. John Legend came out with a new album and it is very festive. But one of my favorite Christmas albums is by the Pentatonix. They have like three and they are all amazing. Their voices are heavenly and their rendition of “God Rest Ye Gentlemen” feels like cold weather, hot chocolate, blankets, a fire place, and home. There are just so many Christmas albums though, you really shouldn’t pick favorites. Justin Bieber’s is still heavily played by me every year. Even though it is a bit out of date, his rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” is everything I need in a Christmas song. Even though I have already s

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