Starting the Day Off Right with Yoga

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As part of the PTA’s Arts in Education initiative, East Meadow students at Parkway Elementary School received the opportunity to stretch out on mats and focus on mindfulness and relaxation techniques during a yoga session with instructor Donna Coogan. During the activity, the students learned introductory poses and deep breathing techniques that will assist them in keeping calm and centered throughout their lives.

Ms. Coogan reminded the students that what mattered was their focus on the task at hand and their ability to breathe correctly. “Yoga gives the mind something to focus on and helps us stay present,” she told the students.      

The students embraced the yoga techniques, including the cobra, cat, downward facing dog and extended side angle poses. Many of the participants had never practiced yoga before, but were enthusiastic about incorporating the exercise into their current health regimes.