In India, yoga is a system for wellbeing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional & spiritual.The Office of Religious Life offers free movement meditation sessions for all USC students and staff. Sessions at the University Religious Center are taught by certified, dynamic, and highly experienced teachers. Classes focus not just on physical fitness and health but also on connecting to our center and finding peace through meditation-in-movement.
Classes require a current USC ID. No registration is necessary. Mats and accessories are first-come, first-served. Admission closes 10 minutes after start time or when capacity is reached. Restrooms can be found upstairs if you need a changing space.
Movement Meditation Instructors
Laura A. Baker has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 2004, and is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Introductory II level. She has traveled twice to Pune, India to study with the Iyengars, and to B.K.S. Iyengar’s birthplace in Bellur, India to study with Manouso Manos. She has studied with CIYTs Marla Apt, Gloria Goldberg, Keri Lee, Koren Paalman, and Nancy Sandercock, as well as senior teacher Manouso Manos in Los Angeles. In addition, she is a Psychology Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), where she is also a member of the residential faculty. She incorporates Yoga and Mindfulness programs into the USC residence halls, and serves on the Mindful USC Steering Committee.
Centered, joyful, and vibrant, Yuran Fu is a yogi, Vipassana meditator, painter, and designer who lovingly apply all the wisdom and awareness she obtains from her lineages into her life and her actions, celebrating and navigating the ocean of earthly polarities and spiritual expansiveness with a true and balanced heart.
She gracefully brings her inspiration and creative energy into her classes with love, joy, and humility. She is a student of meditation teacher Goenka ji and Yogi Guru Singh and shares their dedication to create awareness and harmony in her environment. Rooted herself in the principles of Yoga, Buddhist meditation, and beyond all, the observation of her own soul and her relationships with all, she is living the experience of Oneness and continues to manifest miracles, beauty and art within and around her. In gratefulness, she finds eternal joy.
Her classes offer students an opportunity to become more aware of their relationship with the body, the heart and the deeper mind. She dedicates her class to create an experience of coming together to know, feel, and expand.
Diane Medsker is a health promotion specialist with the USC Student Health Center. Diane was previously the Director of School and Parent Programs at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, where she worked for twelve years. During that time, Diane developed the Adult Education and Professional Training Program, and served as head trainer to agencies, schools, volunteers and staff. She has an extensive background in theater and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo.