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'Namaste' for the Pre-K Set

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Do you have an active pre-school student who you wish would focus a bit more and maybe horse play a little less? Well, one yoga instructor says she may have just the thing—yoga! Long considered the mind/body activity  for adults— the very young are getting into the act too.

The Children's Bureau in Los Angeles invited us to watch a test class. Even though these young children had never taken a yoga class—they were naturals!

Instructor Theresa Power says the yoga poses are actually providing teaching moments. As example, she says the concentration and the focus are good for these young students. And the fact that yoga is a non- competitive sport means it's suitable for kids of all ages and all different athletic levels.

But these young yogis require a little different technique in teaching. These classes move at a faster rate—they are lively and fun—so as not to lose the attention of the young class.  Their poses don't have to be perfect in technique. 

Yoga not in your budget for your kids? Not to worry.  Breathe in lovingly … and exhale! Power has written a book called " The ABC'S of Yoga." This way, parents can be instructors to their pre-schoolers for a fraction of the cost.

Don't forget the yoga mats!                 

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