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Lake Middle School held the first meeting of its new yoga club on Nov. 20 where students practiced a number of stretches and poses including "child's pose," "downward facing dog," "warrior 2" and "the crow."

LMS now offering after school yoga

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Middle school can be a stressful time. Students often have to worry about home life, body image, friendships and relationships on top of their school work.

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Lake Middle School sixth grade counselor Emily Frankfurth May said one of the best ways to combat the stresses of middle school can be found someplace that most people aren't likely to look - yoga.

"I just have found that yoga has been powerful in my own life for a physical outlet, for stress relief and dealing with things," she said. "Yoga is great at helping you be able to know how to stop and take a breath and examine how you're feeling and have a clear mind moving forward."

May, who also works as a yoga instructor, launched a new yoga club at LMS on Nov. 20.

During the LMS yoga club, which meets every Tuesday after school, May said she intends to teach students a number of poses as well as relaxation and breathing techniques.

During the first class last week, students practiced many of the basic yoga poses including "child's pose," "downward facing dog," "warrior 2," "reverse warrior," "tabletop," "baby cobra" and "the crow."

"I'm just trying to get a feel for what some of the students are looking for," she said.

Many of the students who attended the first meeting were dancers and gymnasts.

May said yoga holds many benefits for those who participate in it.

On the physical side, yoga helps with flexibility, balance and strength.

Yoga also helps with developing a better awareness of your body, May said.

In additional to physical benefits, yoga can improve breathing and learning how to deal with things better in your life.

May said she hopes to continue yoga club at LMS.

"If kids can get those types of skills, especially moving through adolescence, I think they're going to be in a really good place to deal with a lot of the stressers that middle school has to bring," she said. "Yoga is just a great thing that anyone can do and it's a lot of fun."

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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