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Nazareth women's lacrosse team bonding through online yoga

Rich Donnelly
Updated: April 10, 2020 11:34 PM
Created: April 10, 2020 10:36 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — March 12, 2020, will be forever known as the day that sports stopped. 

That's the date that the NCAA Tournament was canceled, and on that same day, all college spring sports were also canceled just mere weeks into the start of their seasons.

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It left thousands of students with a vacant feeling. 

The ladies of the Nazareth women's lacrosse team used their new-found time to bond together using a different activity.

They're taking coaching from a different person these days. Once a week, the Nazareth women's lacrosse team gets together over Zoom, this particular day, it's for a yoga class with Lynne Boucher.

"When the season was canceled we thought it was a great way to stay connected as a team," Nazareth head coach Traci Lian said. 

Lian has been the head coach at Nazareth for more than a decade, but the sudden end to the season forced the coach to try a new strategy... an on-line yoga class with her team.

"For us just to have that face time with each other even though we're not together in person, just to joke around and talk to each other has really helped the girls get through each day," Lian said.

Freshman Maggie Vay agrees.

"It was really sad, our first season being cut short,” Vay said. "It's great just to see everyone, it was hard at first to move around when this all happened but this helps to be more positive and have fun with it."

The Golden Flyers’ season came to a close just when it was starting to take flight, they were on a two-game win streak the day the sport was canceled. 

Yoga helps to find balance for players like senior Addi Geitner.

"It's been really helpful honestly,” Gietner said. “It gives a little bit of normalcy and mental stimulation."

The end of the season means a little bit more to players who are seniors like Geitner.  The NCAA granted all spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility, but staying in college for a whole extra year is a difficult decision.

Again, something where yoga can help.

"Ending it forever is definitely not something I'm ready to confront yet, keeping this going as long as possible and staying in touch with the team as much as we can is where we want to head," Geitner said. "Definitely haven't made a decision yet, but there's a lot of options, which we're thankful for."

Lynne Boucher is thankful that her online yoga class is so well received.

"I'm shocked that it's so much more than I thought it would be, it's effective in helping the students feel like they're connected and that's why I gave it a shot," Boucher said. "My heart broke for athletes who lost their spring season, I know what it meant to them.”
Online yoga is not just for college athletes. 

Through her company Yoga Revolution, Boucher also has open online yoga classes for the general public that are donation based.

If money is tight due to the coronavirus, the class is free. If you're able to make a donation Boucher sends half of the money to Foodlink. Peace of mind and relaxation for you, a meal for someone in need elsewhere in the community.


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