In addition to addressing specific student concerns, Yoga for College: Balance and Transformation includes more than 40 handy tools for easing distress, sharpening your mind, and improving your relationships. Here's a little sample of the tools it offers:
--The Gateways: These are from Middle Eastern tradition, if I’m not mistaken. Before speaking, ask yourself: Is it truthful? Is it necessary? Is it kind? More recently, I’ve heard a couple of extra questions added on: Is this the right time for it? Am I the one to say it? You will save yourself and others much suffering by following this simple practice.
--HALT: This acronym from the 12-step world stands for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired, some of our most common states when we’re mentally and physically run-down. HALT reminds us to stop, notice and accept which of these four things we’re feeling (we may be feeling more than one of them), then to decide what to do to support ourselves. For example, we might eat to satisfy our hunger, take a walk to cool off anger, call a friend for company, or take a nap to rest. HALT is one of the best multi-purpose self-care tools there is!
--Legs Up the Wall: My teacher used to tell me that 15-20 minutes in this position was as good as a two-hour nap, without the grogginess and disorientation that often follow a long snooze. It won’t interfere with your night sleep, either. If I’m extra tired and need to keep going, I’ll sometimes do this pose more than once over the course of the day. (Here's the Yoga Journal description of the pose: Legs Up the Wall. Note: The model in the photograph has put support under her lower back. This is not necessary, unless you have a special need for lumbar support.)