Here’s 3 places where yoga and kids mix fine

Given the ongoing controversy — perhaps done, perhaps not — of the Encinitas schools yoga program, I thought a few counter balances might be worth while.

The first is from California’s Capitol, and its paper there, the Sacramento Bee. I mention the Capitol because the Bee gets plenty of attention of California’s elected leaders — and their staffs. So this might be one that the powers that be and the powers that wanna be would see:

Instructors teach kids breathing exercises that have a calming effect.

Masuhara is one of three instructors leading a yoga kids’ camp at the Yoga Seed studio this week.

The Yoga Seed is a nonprofit organization. Anyone can walk in without any funds and take a class.

For 16 years, Masuhara was a teacher in Orange County, and she began teaching kindergarten students in 1998.

In 2006 she attended a conference in the Bay Area, and a session on yoga for stressed-out teachers and kindergartners prompted her to try it out on her students.

They loved it immediately, Masuhara said.

To make it fun, she has her students pretend they’re trees blowing in the wind, or they squat like frogs or flap their arms like a butterfly.

That sounds familiar, right, criss-cross applesauce people?

The second is from about as far from Sacramento as one can get in the U.S.: Buffalo, N.Y.:

Yoga is for everybody.

Even kids.

That’s the message students from Power Yoga Buffalo and the University at Buffalo looked to underline this summer as they led children ages 3 to 14 through the paces twice a week during the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection summer camp program.

The Rev. Gary Steeves, pastor of the Genesee Street church, takes classes at Power Yoga and asked owner Susan Fain to set up the summer yoga program.

“It’s the first time these kids have done yoga and the first time a lot of them have ever heard the word,” said Alexis Asquith, who helped teach the Tuesday and Thursday classes for up to 40 students.

The program used Baptiste yoga, which Asquith said uses “power vinyasa flow.”

You got that, right? A pastor asked for the yoga program to be established.

And finally, No. 3:

Northern Lehigh Community Center is offering an Afterschool Yoga for kids as young as third grade starting in September.

Those classes are happening on a local public school.

See, not so hard.

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