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Minneapolis: Yoga being used in area schools as calming strategy

Feb 5, 2018, Minneapolis Star Tribune: At Minneapolis school, young yogis deal with stress by striking a 'tree' pose—A Minneapolis school is turning to Yoga Calm to help kids manage emotions http://www.startribune.com/at-minneapolis-school-young-yogis-deal-with-stress-by-striking-a-tree-pose/472846963/ This exercise is part of a yoga instruction called Yoga Calm, brought to all of Pratt's third- to fifth-grade classrooms and to schools around the metro by St. Paul-based 1000 Petals. Pratt has seen an uptick in children dealing with stressful home situations, such as unstable housing, homelessness, family deaths and living in unsafe neighborhoods, said school Principal Nancy Vague. She said she hopes the calming strategies can help students better manage their emotions and behaviors. … The company has taken its Yoga Calm techniques to schools in other states like Colorado and Illinois, but it's also introduced the techniques to students in other Twin Cities schools, including ones in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, South Washington County and St. Paul. The benefits of the practice extend beyond alleviating anxiety. Yoga can also boost focus, self-esteem and academic performance, research shows. … Before the training, when kids didn't know how to deal with challenges, Vague said, they would sometimes flee to a corner of the room or sometimes even out of the classroom. …