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Yoga: Its Place in School

A student’s outlook on Yoga as a physical activity

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Yoga has always been a form of relaxation after a long day at work or school. However, schools across the United States are banning yoga because parents think it has religious context. Yoga originated in India 5,000 years ago, but is still practiced all over the world to this day. It’s even taught at LCC, allowing students to wind down at the end of the day and let go of the stress from previous classes. Being able to disconnect from one’s problems away from the mat and release one’s stress really helps end the school day comfortably and leaves one feeling refreshed.

 

It’s not just taught in high schools and colleges, even elementary schools use it. When an eight-year-old sits in a chair for hours, he or she is sure to get anxious and needs an outlet for any pent up energy. Instead of it being a disruption to the class, 20 minutes of quiet yoga can really help relax the students and get them to focus on learning as well as combat any racing thoughts. Many see it as a Hindu practice, which causes parents to complain to the district and this has led to the banning of yoga from some schools or districts. However, a lot of people see and do yoga as a form of exercise instead of being spiritual.

 

As a yoga student myself, I can see it really helps me wind down and relax after my work-heavy day. It gives me a chance to leave my problems and worries outside the classroom and focus on myself. It shouldn’t be taken out of any school, including LCC. Yoga helps calm down rowdy students and give them a more relaxed environment to learn in. It should be allowed in schools all over the United States, for its restorative value can be integral to any student’s schooling life. To some people it is a spiritual thing, but it is also a form of exercise and a way to relinquish tension as well as gain a better perspective on the body and its physical limitations.

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