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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Morning Yoga in Class Teaches Kids to Breathe

A second-grade class stretches to start the day at San Francisco's Dianne Feinstein Elementary School. More to this story.

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Anonymous (not verified)

I like the idea of incorporating PE into all aspects of classroom instruction. However, it is disturbing that spiritual aspects of yoga and meditation are included. This practice should be an option that parents can choose to exclude their children without reprisal.

Kindergarten Teacher's picture

Mrs. Mason,

I think you might like to read up on yoga and meditation. They aren't necessarily spiritual. They are all about relaxation, focus, becoming calm, and in this case, ready to learn.

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Mr. Urschel
High school Language Arts teacher from Columbia City, Indiana

After practicing martial arts for twelve years and teaching both Tang Soo Do and yoga, I found there to be no spiritual practices involved. I know that it would be of concern if it is connected to any particular religion, but I've never found a yoga instructor to infuse his/her practice with religious instruction.

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