Give your corpse pose a glow up

UB recreation gears up for third annual glow yoga event


Blacklights? Check. 

Body paint? Got it. 

“Monster Mash?” Already playing in the background.  

UB recreation’s Glow Halloween Yoga is emerging as a Halloween tradition for student yogis. 

The third annual Glow Halloween Yoga session is a healthy alternative to spending the holiday bingeing on cheap candy. Instead of giving yourself a stomach ache from Kit-Kats and booze, get rid of some stress by stretching it out during this spooky yoga session. 

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in 114 Alumni Arena, UB’s yoga room. Glow sticks, necklaces, bracelets and glow-in-the-dark paint will be provided so participating yogis can get their glow on before class. 

Those attending will be guided through a vinyasa flow to a Halloween soundtrack.

Jessica Nyrop, assistant director of fitness and instruction, recreation and intramural services is the founder and teacher of the program.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Jessica Nyrop said. “This is the first time it’s on Halloween, so I’m kind of even more excited about it.”

Nyrop created the program in 2016 as a fun, free activity for students to celebrate Halloween.

Practicing yoga in a dark setting heightens the awareness of senses other than sight and forces the brain to process physical sensory information rather than visual to remain balanced, according to Nyrop.

“I just wanted to do something fun as a late-night alternative for students to do outside of Halloween parties and such,” she said. “Everyone has a lot of fun and they [all] leave smiling.”

It is recommended that participants show up between 5-5:30 p.m. in order to set up their mat and get “decked out” in their glow gear.

There are 30 openings for the class and students must bring their own yoga mats for the session. Experienced yogis and newcomers are encouraged to attend the event. 

Registration is still open for the free event, which is exclusively offered to UB students.

Jacklyn Walters is an assistant news editor and can be reached at news@ubspectrum.com