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Notable Quotes from Proponents of Yoga in Schools

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 12:28 PM

Proponents of yoga – a Hindu discipline rooted in the practices of meditation, breathing control, and various body postures – want to offer yoga for children in the public school systems to promote health, exercise, good behavior, and relaxation.

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Whereas some opponents of teaching yoga in public schools claim that it would be a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment of Religion Clause because of its varying degrees of subtlety in potentially promoting Hinduism, here are some quotes from proponents of public school yoga:

1. “Yoga/meditation practice must build caring and helpful dispositions that are evident within behavior. Busyness, distraction, complaining, and emotionality can be re-patterned when one is more centered and calm. Children who are unable to self-regulate beyond a negative emotion have a more difficult time adapting, learning, and relating positively to others. It is of little use to our community if we produce high test scoring students with the absence of caring hearts. I believe our schools are the places to teach basic life skills that are secular and common to being good people.”
Kelly Wood, winner of the 2013 Yoga Activist Award from the Moksha Festival in Los Angeles

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2. “Scientific evidence is mounting daily for what many have long sensed: that practices like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga can help us address certain intractable individual and societal problems . . . And, perhaps more importantly for our global health, for kids dealing with extreme stressors, traumas and abuse, putting these practices into schools could be the difference between failure and success.”
Alice G. Watson in Forbes

3. “We live in stressful society where kids are under a lot of pressure . . . One concept that is underrated is the degree to which adolescents [in particular] are suffering mental-health issues. Kids are not coping well -- you have bullying and attention deficit disorders. Our education system needs to teach skills to develop the whole human being, not just math and English.”
Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa, researcher of yoga in the public schools and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard

4. “When you give [kids] yoga poses, use visualization, and allow them to move their bodies, their whole learning ability goes up several notches . . . When you teach kids, it’s not about telling them—it’s about creating experiences for them where they connect the dots, and create new dots.”
Marsha Wenig, founder of YogaKids

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