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Lynn MA: District uses yoga to deal with students' stress

Jan 14, 2018, Lynn (MA) Daily Item: LYNN STUDENTS LEARN TO STRETCH THEIR LIMITS WITH YOGA HTTPS://WWW.ITEMLIVE.COM/2018/01/14/LYNN-STUDENTS-LEARN-STRETCH-LIMITS-YOGA/ As part of their education, students in Lynn Public Schools are being taught to remain calm and deal with stress through the district’s yoga and wellness initiative. “This program is part of our work to facilitate the social and emotional wellbeing of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Catherine Latham in an email. “I have received much positive feedback from teachers and students.” Michael Geary, assistant director of curriculum and instruction-health, said the Lynn Public Schools Yoga and Wellness Initiative is in its third year. He said physical education teachers have received professional development to incorporate yoga within classes — those teachers are subsequently able to teach students how to improve flexibility and muscle tone through yoga poses and exercises. … These days, Peterson said students are dealing with so much between school and their personal lives, and therefore, have a lot of stress and anxiety. … “But it’s not just PE/health teachers incorporating yoga and wellness into their classrooms, Peterson said. She’s seen a lot of other teachers doing a lot of the little things with their classes, including aspects of mindfulness and meditation. …