Yoga & Mindfulness In Schools - Religious Practice Or Secular Way To Help Students De-stress And Gain Better Focus And Concentration
An increasing number of schools in the United States are beginning to implement yoga and other mindfulness practices into their curriculum to help students deal with stress and to concentrate on academics. According to Teresa Power, internationally acclaimed children’s yoga expert and bestselling and award-winning author of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, “being able to teach children better focus through yoga and mindfulness will enable them to excel in their learning studies.”
Recently, parents were up in arms over an elementary school in Georgia that incorporated yoga and mindfulness to help ease the stress of students. Their main complaint was that yoga is non-Christian and against the Bible. Power, who founded Kids’ Yoga Day to celebrate the health and fitness of our youth through yoga, states that “yoga is not a religion”. “However,” she says “there are some aspects of yoga that delve into the spiritual realm, and the school setting is not the place for this instruction. Instead mindfulness and yoga should be taught in a secular way, focusing on breath and movement to help students naturally unwind and obtain physical activity at the same time.”
The type of yoga Power favors is playful and does not involve any chanting. Her inspired global event, Kids’ Yoga Day, is happening on April 8th, 2016, with over 18,000 children from 40 states and 15 countries practicing 5 minutes of yoga in schools, yoga studios, and other organizations. To find out more, visit kidsyogaday.com.
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