Reducing Testing Stress at Lincoln Elementary with Yoga

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Studies show that yoga and breathing exercises can help decrease testing anxiety and stress. With this in mind, the lucky third graders at Lincoln Elementary have been practicing yoga every week during April and May with Angela Marie Singh. Becky Page, a teacher who practices yoga regularly, connected with Angela through a mutual friend at Centered City Yoga.

Angela discovered yoga when she was in college and says that it helped her feel peace and control when she was worried. She also believes strongly in the philosophy of Gandhi who said, “If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.” She hopes that by teaching yoga to children, she can give them the tools they need to combat stress and anxiety later in life.

Although trained to teach adults, Angela prefers teaching children. She has adapted her practice to fit their needs and uses music and games to appeal to her audience. She is very effective and successfully engages as many as 60 students at a time. At the end of each session, when the entire room shares a long “Om,” it is amazing to feel the unity, calm, and peace pervade the space.

Author: Anna Kogan, Lincoln Elementary

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