“Yoga makes me more relaxed,” said Elsa Sermeno, also 9, who has been practicing yoga at the Accelerated School for two years. “Sometimes when I enter the room mad, I come out happy.”
Schools often turn to yoga classes because of the growing scientific evidence showing the positive impact they have on student health.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means ‘Union’. The word is associated with asans. The practices of Yoga have been popular in India from several centuries.
Teachers say it helps calm students with attention-deficit disorder and may reduce childhood obesity.
“I see a lot fewer discipline problems,” said Ruth Reynolds, principal of Coleman Elementary School in San Rafael. Her observation of the school’s six-year-old yoga program is that it helps easily distracted children to focus
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