Yoga and meditation continue to be very popular methods of exercising, coping with stress and relaxing for adults in the United States, and educators are beginning to realize these same benefits can help children cope with the stress of school, home dysfunction and peer pressure. I was able to find two programs that are providing this instruction to Auburn students.

Megan Vitale teaches yoga to children as part of a grant-funded after-school program at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, Casey Park and Genesee Street elementary schools, and Auburn High and Junior High schools. She has earned a 200-hour yoga teacher certification and is also a certified licensee of Kidding Around Yoga.

She described KAY as a complete, age-appropriate yoga practice that involves breathing instruction, relaxation and stretching and strengthening poses in a fun-filled setting. “I used to work at Sky Yoga in Auburn,” she said, “teaching private yoga classes to school-age children. I was drawn to KAY because it is music-based.”

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