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Halsey Boyd
Halsey Boyd, statistics professor, maintains a balance between teaching yoga and math. Photo by Niko Panagopoulos | Staff Photographer | [email protected]

by Vivian Yo | Guest Writer

Among statistics professors, Halsey Boyd is unlike any other. When he’s not stuck behind a calculator, staring at formulas and teaching students, he spends his time as a yoga instructor.

Boyd works full time as a City College statistics professor. After a long day of hypothesis tests and chi squares, he likes to unwind doing tree pose. Boyd is also a part-time yoga instructor in West Sacramento at Rebel Yell Yoga.

Statistics professors are stereotypically portrayed as monotoned and stressed. Yoga instructors are often seen as exultant and peaceful. Boyd goes against the grain, showing an unusual pairing of the two blends.

Yoga has had a huge influence on the math professor’s life, and he hopes to help others find peace through it. He feels yoga is essential to living a stress-free life. He believes everyone has innate powers, special to that individual. He says this makes all his yoga classes a new experience.

“And so, I am constantly challenged by trying to encourage your growth through the experience of yoga, just as you have nourished me by being unique, an enigma,” says Boyd, 49. “And each class, you are a little different than you were before, as am I. We’ve experienced new things since we last saw each other, experiences that imprint new memories and begin to chip away at habits that no longer serve us. Each class is a little different in that the particular confluence of people that gather to practice is, I believe, not by chance.”

Meaningful relationships and being able to find balance in all things are important to Boyd. This mentality can be seen not only in the yoga studio, but in his City College classrooms. Boyd takes the extra time to accommodate students’ needs and keeps a safe, friendly environment.

“Halsey is one of the best professors I’ve had,” says student Andrew Palmer. “Math is not my subject, but I still look forward to going to class. He makes us find our heart rates and really cares about our mental health.”

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Boyd’s students say they value his light, upbeat personality and fun, healthy environment in both his studio and classroom.

“I feel like I leave this class just feeling good,” says student Sarahi Quintero. “He’s good at what he does, and I get a lot out of this class.”

At a young age, Boyd had already lived a charged life. Living in six different cities

and two countries, he was always on the move. He went through heartbreak and sadness, as well as happiness and achievements, such as getting his degree in theoretical statistics. He says his journey so far has been worth it, as he has made lifelong friends he now considers family.

“Always present, in times good and bad, are the heroes that help me rise above adversity – the artists, the students-turned-friends, the real estate agents, the lawyers, the writers, the studio owners,” says Boyd. “A breadth of people across a diversity of thought and background that are willing to have meaningful and profound conversations in between silliness and absurdity.”

Boyd aspires to continue doing what he loves. Along with yoga, he enjoys going on adventures and staying active. Some of his favorites are dance, tennis, aikido, ice hockey, skiing and running. He also enjoys calmer activities, such as writing and reading.

Taking a math course and a yoga class fall into two different categories. In Boyd’s eyes, this is a remarkable dyad. Boyd hopes his students receive as much from him as he does from them.

Whether in a serene yoga studio or a chaotic classroom at six in the morning, he has the same caring and adventurous personality, and he is ready to help others find their balance.

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