Yoga palo alto

Yoga providing calming relief to Palo Alto teens

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well I had done yoga before doing this

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class and I really like it because

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afterwards I feel really relaxed and

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it’s a lot easier to get work done when

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you’re not stressing about it there was

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an awareness of high pressure stress in

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young people in this community for a

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variety of reasons but the most obvious

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one the one is talked about the most is

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high academic stress our pediatricians

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have seen you know lots of things

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children who have you know don’t want to

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go to school or we have a lot of anxiety

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around school they recognize the

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pressure not just here in Palo Alto but

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really the whole region and have been

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looking for ways to help young people

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develop coping and resilient skills

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above and beyond you know sort of

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clinical ways of approaching those

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because I think they really believe that

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it’s a lifestyle

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effort to really to pull that all

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together to be able to do that and be

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resilient the biggest surprise has been

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the boys I love that they are coming and

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I think most of the boys that have been

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here have been athletes you know they

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play pretty intense sports and it’s a

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completely different physical sensation

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for them so it’s fun to see the boys and

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and even practicing once a week their

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flexibility has increased so much it’s

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definitely nice cuz it’s kind of like a

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break from reality you know you got all

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these college apps and stuff as a senior

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it’s nice to come in here for an hour

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just like chillax it’s important for

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people to know that it’s not just a yoga

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class that is marketed to teens the

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class is actually different then

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probably what most people think of as

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adult yoga it it is developmental in its

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approach it looks at what teens like

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they like to be with their peers so

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there there’s partnering there’s also

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reflection it’s it’s it’s above and

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beyond an exercise class I think Yoga is

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really important because it’s just a

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good way to kind of escape for an hour

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once a week and I use some of the

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breathing that I learned like before

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taking a test or something and it’s a

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good way to like I said destress well a

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lot of the times I do breathing

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exercises before I go do homework

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um I do some poses and stretches after i

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work out or run and it’s really just

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helped me in a lot of different one it’s

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a nice environment a lot of like sports

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and other activities really intense it’s

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a nice way to just step back and get

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some sort of exercise without all the

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pressure intensity

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