While adults of all ages use yoga for exercise, one artist has decided to use the mind-body regimen and other tools to teach Sparta Middle School students about life balance, as reported by the New Jersey Herald. The iClub is an after-school program dedicated to nurturing intelligence.
"[Intelligence is] the ability to live in a highly intense life without traditional stress," said club advisor Elena Zelenina, as quoted by the news source. "You can change all that without changing the position of where you are. The younger you are, the easier it is. The transformation of kids is light-speed."
In anticipation of Valentine's Day, Zelenina began teaching classes on the importance of loving and respecting oneself. As a visual aid, she built a pyramid using cups, and started to fill them starting with lone cup on top. She told students that only when one cup is filled can it share with others.
In further exercises, she gave students flip cameras so they could conduct interviews with other people about their thoughts on loving and esteeming oneself. Future classes will invite yoga teachers and acting coaches to explore topics such as fear, confidence and bullying.
Students who are interested in yoga classes outside of Sparta should feel free to check out Dahn Yoga locations. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 1.5 million youth nationwide were practicing yoga in 2006. So they'd be in good company!