“Sometimes before I go to yoga my back hurts and after yoga class I feel so much better. All the days I go to yoga I feel so good and the days that we don’t have yoga I feel worse,” wrote one fourth-grader in a letter to Superintendent Tim Baird.
In today’s world where so much class time and homework takes place hunched over a desk or computer screen, yoga helps students (and teachers) unwind. Literally. Through stretching and holding poses for more than a minute at a time, yoga uncoils the spine and strengthens the core, preventing and relieving aches in the neck, back, and shoulders.