Movement Meditation

The Office of Religious Life offers free movement meditation sessions (yoga & tai chi) 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 one’s center and finding peace.

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.


Timothy Grundy is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Introductory II level and has been teaching yoga in the tradition of BKS Iyengar in Los Angeles and Berlin since 2016. He has studied widely with senior teachers in the US and Germany and works to distill their teaching for his own practice and, by extension, for his students. Rigorous and compassionate in his teaching, Timothy focuses first and foremost on the physical aspects of yoga as a way to quiet the mind. Timothy also works as a professional translator and found in yoga a practice that helped resolve the mental knots and daily frustrations left in the wake of resolving thorny language questions.

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.

Emily Shinne Ph.D., RYT  started practicing yoga almost a decade ago. Since then, she’s learned that the mind-body-spiritual growth you make on your yoga mat, has the potential to transcend the mat and influence other important areas of your life. Emily was trained in Power Yoga and became a certified yoga instructor last May 2018; she subsequently went on to earn a certificate in trauma-informed yoga in June 2018. Emily is also a clinical psychologist at Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP) at USC, and teaches Yoga as Healing at RSVP; additionally, Emily teaches flow classes at a local LA studio. She would love to see you in one of her yoga classes!