As 2013 comes to an end I’m happy to report on the success of the Yoga Club at our public school. It is off to a great start this first half of the school year. 16 girls and 3 brave boys from 6th and 7th grade signed up to do yoga once a week for an hour and a half. We have anywhere from 11 to 19 students show up every week. We incorporate breathing exercises, yoga postures, and meditation into our practice. The school bought us yoga mats, blankets, and straps and is funding the program for the rest of the school year. We practice in the cafeteria where the custodians are kind enough to move aside the tables so that we may have a big space to unroll our yoga mats. Being involved with the relaxation techniques of yoga from an early age will give these students a strong grounding in calmness, concentration and focus that they may carry with them for their entire lives. It’s been wonderful to see that our whole community understands this, including our administration, parents, other teachers and, of course, the students.