Breathe In and Breathe Out; Earning College Credit for Learning How to Relax

FSU Stretch and Relaxation class
Posted at 3:30 PM, Sep 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-12 10:56:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (#WTXLDigital) - Having a full schedule of classes can really take its toll on a student's stress level. But they could add a course to their schedule that may actually help reduce the burdens of maintaining a great GPA.

Imagine taking a class on relaxing and having it count towards your credit hours? 

Well, grab some gym clothes, hope that you can find parking, and get to class.

Florida State University offers courses through their Lifetime Activities Program that allows students to take a break from the typical lecture classes.

The program offers a class called "Stretch and Relaxation." The word "relaxation" is in the title of the class. A class about relaxation? This sounds too good to be true. 

The program says that the course allows students practice "several useful tools that they can use in their current situations and for the rest of their lives."

FSU Sport Management graduate and Athletic and Recruiting Assistant for FSU Football, Kratik Malhotra taught the class for two semesters and says that it was "the best experience of my life."

The class is described as a way to unwind through techniques that have "helped students in test preparation and resulted in increased academic success."

Even though its academic benefits may be emphasized, the class is seen by Malhotra as a spirituality course that provides a different experience for everyone. He mainly taught yoga and meditation to the students.

However, his personal description of the course is a little more straightforward than the course catalog description. He calls it "a happiness program."

Malhotra's experience has left an everlasting impact, and he still keeps in contact with his students through a Facebook page for the class.

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