Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pittsburgh students are using yoga to exercise body, mind



From Pittsburgh Post Gazette.com

Pittsburgh Public Schools are integrating yoga into the phys ed curriculum to diversify the gym experience and give students at different levels of fitness an activity they can adapt to at their own pace and still have a workout.

"We build our [phys ed] curriculum around five components -- body composition, flexibility, muscular, strength and cardiovascular endurance -- and yoga has a direct impact on all of them," said Jerri Lippert, the school district's chief academic officer.

"There is every reason to think that yoga can help children as they grow and give them a sense of how to deal with anger and hurt," said Ms. Spence, who sought funding from the Grable Foundation and the Heinz Endowments among others to fund the program.

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