Chair Yoga and Relaxation Exercises

Inver Hills physical education instructor offering weekly sessions via Zoom

Christine Petrich, physical education faculty at Inver Hills Community College, is offering chair yoga and relaxation exercises once a week via Zoom for faculty and staff at Inver Hills and Dakota County Technical College.

“This came about after using chair yoga as my teaching demonstration during the job interview for the UFT [unlimited full-time] position in physical education at Inver Hills [see below],” Christine said. “This wasn’t my original plan—I had planned to teach an actual yoga class, but since we were unable to meet in person, I modified my plan to work with Zoom.”

After she did the teaching demo, Christine could see that the search committee members seemed more relaxed, and someone mentioned she should do this with the rest of the faculty and staff.

“I decided that for the rest of spring semester, I would offer a weekly, 10-minute relaxation and chair yoga session for faculty and staff,” Christine reported. “It’s my way of giving back to the college community that has given me so much! It may seem like a little thing, but taking a few minutes out of our day to take deep breaths, stretch and move can make a huge difference for our bodies and minds.”

Christine added that the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has created a high-stress environment for many people in our campus communities.

“Offering a little self-care activity is something I am happy to provide,” she said. “It means a lot to me that I can share something simple and practical with my fellow faculty and staff!”

Look for this email from Christine in your Outlook inbox…

More about Christine…

Chair Yoga and Relaxation Exercises

Stephen Strom, PhD, dean of STEM and social sciences at Inver Hills, recently announced that Christine Petrich accepted the position of unlimited full-time physical education instructor, beginning fall semester 2020.

“Christine has been teaching as an adjunct instructor at Inver Hills for the past eight years,” Dean Strom wrote. “Prior to teaching at Inver Hills, she spent nine years at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, teaching physical education and health courses in various research studies. Prior to her formal teaching career, she was a youth worker at THE GARAGE and the YWCA of Minneapolis, and a planner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Throughout this time, Christine also taught group fitness classes and was a Pilates and personal trainer.”

Dean Strom noted that Christine has served on the Student Success Committee and Corrections Task Force during her time at Inver Hills. She also served as a faculty representative on the Student Evaluation of Teaching Committee.

“Christine believes that education has the capacity to change lives, and is proud and honored to be part of the Inver Hills community,” he wrote. “She is constantly inspired by the students, faculty and staff that make Inver Hills a special place. In her free time, Christine enjoys a variety of activities, including aerial silks, snowboarding, biking, hiking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

“Please, everyone, welcome Christine to her new role!”

Learn more about weekly 10-minute Chair Yoga and Relaxation Exercises by contacting:

Christine Petrich
Physical Education Faculty

Christine on Student Success Day fall 2019

1 Comment

  • Christine Petrich’s dedication to providing weekly chair yoga and relaxation sessions via Zoom for faculty and staff at Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College is truly commendable. Her creative adaptation to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic showcases her commitment to the well-being of her fellow community members.

    In the midst of the pandemic, where stress and uncertainty have become the norm, Christine’s initiative offers a much-needed respite. By prioritizing self-care through these short yet impactful sessions, she not only contributes to the physical well-being of her colleagues but also addresses the crucial aspect of mental health. The act of taking a few moments out of a busy day to engage in deep breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises can make a profound difference in one’s overall health and mindset.

    Christine’s decision to offer these sessions stems from a genuine desire to give back to the community that has nurtured her. Her recognition of the challenging environment created by the pandemic reflects her empathy and understanding of the struggles faced by those around her. This act of generosity, no matter how seemingly small, resonates deeply and demonstrates her compassionate nature.

    Furthermore, her journey to secure a full-time position as a physical education instructor speaks volumes about her expertise and dedication to her field. With a rich background in teaching and an array of experiences, including her time at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and her involvement in various committees, Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and a diverse skill set to her role. Her commitment to education and her belief in its transformative power emphasize her role as an inspirational figure within the academic community.

    Beyond her professional achievements, Christine’s personal interests and activities add another layer to her character. Her pursuit of activities like aerial silks, snowboarding, and gardening not only showcase her zest for life but also highlight the importance of a holistic approach to well-being. By sharing her passions, she encourages those around her to embrace a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.

    In conclusion, Christine Petrich’s decision to offer weekly chair yoga and relaxation sessions is a testament to her selflessness, adaptability, and genuine care for the well-being of her colleagues. Her contribution, especially during these challenging times, serves as a beacon of positivity and a reminder of the power of community support. As a dedicated educator and a compassionate individual, Christine exemplifies the values that make Inver Hills Community College a nurturing and enriching environment for all. Her actions resonate far beyond the virtual sessions, leaving a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of those she touches.

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