BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College offered its first ever yoga class for credit this academic year. 

The class was offered through the 2022 Spring Semester on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. by Theresa Poling, DNP, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP, Associate Professor of Nursing, who was recently certified as a professional yoga instructor. Poling has been working with first generation students, who are learning basic concepts of yoga, meditation, anatomy, Sanskrit, and writing through weekly journaling submission. 

“This yoga class is for first year experience students,” Poling said. “ It’s a way to get students excited about learning and writing. During class students learn anatomy and physiology, Sanskrit, the philosophy of yoga and how to do basic to intermediate yoga poses,” Poling commented. “We also spend a good bit of time meditating and journaling. The energy here is great.”

The course aims at furthering students’ knowledge about fundamental notions of yoga, anatomy and Sanskrit, but it is also intended to help improve students’ mental well-being, through the incorporation of meditation and breathing activities.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.