Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kids on the Mat!

 “When Alayna Kurek panicked one day about forgotten homework, the 9-year-old stunned her school counselor by using a yoga breathing technique to calm down.” This lead sentence from an article in the Detroit Free Press totally grabbed our attention. It reminded us that kids often get stressed out by life, but unlike this 9-year-old, most don't know how to deal with stress.

So we could not be happier that there is a growing interest in yoga for kids. Programs are springing up in yoga studios and schools all over the U.S. -- aimed at youth virtually from birth through teens -- because people are seeing amazing things happen when children learn yoga. Attention spans increase, mental clarity and creativity increase, self-esteem increases, grades go up and anxiety goes down. As the news article indicates, fitness levels increase as well. 

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