April 7/8, 2001
Yoga for Kids
bye-bye to ballet. Ta-ta to tee-ball. And so-long to
soccer! Now kids are making meditation their recreation
by practicing yoga.
At Next Generation Yoga in New York they do poses like
the elephant, cobra, and butterfly. Instructor Jodi
Komitor says its playtime but with a purpose. "They
have the opportunity to strengthen their muscles, elongate
their spine, and increase their self-esteem."
In Los Angeles at the Center for Yoga, kids from ages
3-to-12 have found themselves getting roped into yoga.
Instructor Abbie Atkins has been doing yoga since she
was a child. She says it helps kids learn how to focus,
and it increases their flexibility and coordination.
Abbie says, "I ask them what makes them peaceful and
feel good and they all say yoga."
So Dayna decided to try her hands and feet. at yoga
with the help of a five-year-old Isabella Hutchinson.
Isabella says, "It makes me strong and relaxed."
And parents love it too. This is one of the few times
you'll see this many kids absolutely still. Isabella's
dad has noticed a difference. He says, "She's a lot
calmer, quieter. She handles her body in a different