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USciences Students Bring Classmates Together for Zoom Yoga-Lates

By Zachary Durham

Published on April 10, 2020

Zoom PTUniversity of the Sciences students continue to prove that they can come together as a community, despite not being able to get together physically. 

Lora Packel, PhD, PT, reached out to Harnoor Singh DPT’20  to inquire about hosting a fitness class for his fellow Doctor of Physical Therapy classmates via Zoom, the remote conferencing service that the University has been utilizing during its transition to online courses.

Once approved, Singh, a yoga and acroyoga instructor as well as a hip hop dance teacher, had the perfect teaching partner in mind.

Aimee Estrellado DPT’20 is a pilates instructor and certified personal trainer, and the two had collaborated to teach a fitness class during the Spring 2019 semester.

“Our stories and backgrounds differ, but our love for movement is what brought us together,“ said Singh. “We both have a deep appreciation for each other’s practice, and I think that's why our classes work.”

Yoga-lates debuted on Tuesday, March 31, featuring 30 minutes of pilates instructed by Estrellado and 30 minutes of yoga instructed by Singh, followed by meditation. The class combined the 'core' and 'control' that pilates offers with the 'balance' and 'integration' that yoga emphasizes.

“The intention of this class was to foster a sense of community and to share our love for movement through health promotion during these times,” said Estrellado. “It was such an honor for me to be a part of something that cultivated solidarity and restoration through movement.

Singh and Estrellado are not limiting their teaching to just their fellow DPT classmates. The two are both teaching zoom classes for the Department of Campus of Recreation for the remainder of the semester.

“It is such a pleasure to show our classmates and professors what healthy movement can bring to our community,” said Singh.

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