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Elementary School Students Take Kids Yoga Classes To Help Them Cope With Childhood Trauma

Mackenzie Freeman

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Yoga for exercise? Yes. Yoga for peace of mind? Yes, please! This school is finding an alternative way for kids to deal with the stresses of life. Administrators are introducing troubled children to the beauty of yoga so that the youngsters can release their tension into the atmosphere before going home. 

The idea of yoga at school was birthed out of a conversation that the Lake Park Elementary School principal had with a colleague. “I was telling her that all of our kids are good kids,” the principal says. “Some just struggle with academics because they have a hard time coping with traumas that occur outside of the classroom.” The principal’s solution to the dilemma was yoga. 

“I participate in yoga three times per week,” the school principal explains. “The experience is not only good for my physical health, but my mental health is so much better because of yoga. There is something so pure about centering your mind and focusing on a pose for thirty minutes a day.” 

Of course, the principal does not expect the kids to focus on poses for thirty minutes. “These are, after all, kids,” she says. The idea is for the youngsters to have an introduction to yoga that leads to a possible love of the activity. The school’s principal also wants the kids to know that there are ways to channel anger.

“Some of these kids are in my office every day for the same thing. The time that they spend with me is time lost. They should be learning their lessons for the day. Yet, because of an incident in class or on the playground, they have to talk with me. These situations are avoidable and that is what I hope yoga teaches them.” 

The kids at Lake Park Elementary are certainly enjoying the experience. “I like yoga time,” one fifth-grader says. “It lets me get out my anger so that I can have a good day.” Another child says, “I like how it’s exercise but not really, though.” 

Lake Park is not the first public entity to embrace yoga. There are yoga and meditation rooms in airports throughout the United States. Employers also encourage the ideas of yoga by offering sessions on the job so that employees are not as stressed by the end of the day. The results have been pretty amazing as more workers feel less tension and, thus, find themselves more productive. Is this a phenomenon that could catch on? Well, perhaps.

“There is a reason why yoga and meditation are sweeping the nation,” Dr. Thomas Watkins says. “Many are finding that a few moments with the self can have lasting effects. Yoga and meditation encourage the person to focus on one simple thing for a period of time. This essentially gives the brain time to regroup. It wouldn’t hurt for all adults to take a session of yoga and meditation now and again.” 

The kids at Lake Park Elementary have yet to discover the wonders of meditation. They have yoga down to a science, though. 

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Parents Leave Their Daughters Home Alone to Watch The House, Return to a Jaw-Dropping Surprise!

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If you’ve paid even a lick of attention to Hollywood during your life, you’ll know that kids at home alone are prone to throw a party. At least, that’s what the movies tell us, right? When Karen and Chip Schoonover decided to take a much-needed vacation, they opted to risk their home turning into the set of Party X by letting their daughters watch the property. While they enjoyed their vacation, their daughters got busy creating the surprise of a lifetime. Are you ready to hear how four daughters change their parent’s lives forever?

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Did You Know That A Dog Owner Is More Likely To Kiss Their Pet Than Their Partner?

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Those who have dogs tend to truly love their pets. There is nothing that they won’t do for them. While most of us already know this, there is something to be said for having the necessary facts to back up these suspicions. As it turns out, dog owners may love their pets even more than we initially thought. A recent survey has turned up some rather interesting findings. 

Riley’s Organics is the dog treat company that is responsible for this survey. We cannot get over these results. According to the results, 52 percent of those who responded said that they kiss their dogs more often than their partners. We imagine that there are more than a few jealous significant others out there. 

We did not realize that there were so many people out there who did not mind being covered with doggy germs. That is real love right there! However, there are those who will try to claim that there are certain benefits to these kisses. Those who own dogs will often find themselves getting sick less often than those who do not. 

That is because they are exposing themselves to the type of germs that are designed to keep them safe. Our dogs already do so much for us and now they are actively keeping us from getting sick. Is there anything that these dogs can’t do? This survey also shows that there is a wide range of people who would rather share their bed with their dog, as opposed to their partner.

This is actually somewhat understandable. At least a dog is not going to spend the whole night snoring or hogging all of the covers. There are also studies that speak to the benefits of sharing a bed with your dog. Many pet owners report that they are more likely to get a better night of sleep when their dogs are sleeping close by.

Dogs are more than willing to offer their unconditional love at all times. They do not need very much prompting, either. Anyone who has ever seen how a dog behaves when their owner comes home after a long day will definitely agree. The way that they lavish affection on their humans is a sight to behold. If you are anything like us, you probably agree with the results of these surveys as well.

A whopping 94 percent of the survey’s respondents said that they consider their four legged friends to be their best pals. The health benefits that dogs have to offer go further than just their kisses and their ability to keep you warm at night, though. Your dogs are also going to need to be walked on a consistent basis. This allows their owners to get some much needed exercise and stay in shape.

Is there anything that dogs can’t do? They are able to provide us with their undying love and affection. They even help us to get fit. No wonder so many people love to give them lots of hugs and kisses. We are right there with them! If you found the results of this survey as humorous as we did, you are definitely going to want to pass this story along to your closest friends and loved ones. 

To be quite honest, we do not deserve dogs. They are so kind and thoughtful. They do not ask for anything in return, either. All they need is a little bit of love, a warm place to sleep and some food in their bellies. If only the rest of us could learn to be as appreciative as our dogs can be. The world would most definitely be a much better place….that is for sure! 

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7-Year-Old Uses Illness to Promote Cancer Awareness

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It happens quite often that children end up on the business side of the media in order to promote a cause whether it’s political or otherwise, and whether or not the child actually wants the attention. But this is not the case with Emerson Hoogendoorn who has chosen to use her story as a child diagnosed with a normally deadly form of cancer to promote the cause of finding a cure.

One would expect that just about anyone diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor would resign his or her self to living out their remaining days in the comfort of entertainment, family, friends, and massive doses of painkillers. But Emerson has decided that she wants to raise awareness and more. She has also begun raising money entirely on her own by becoming a small business owner, working tirelessly to make her business a success, and using the money she earns to promote cancer research as well as to donate to the cause.

She sells bracelets, cookies, lemonade, wind chimes, and just about anything else she can market online. She makes most of what she sells herself, adding to the appeal of her online shop. She was first taken to see her family doctor when she started experiencing double vision, severe headaches, and nausea. Soon, she was diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer that was eating away at her young brain.

However, she has since been taking an experimental medication, and since that treatment began, when Emerson was first given her deadly diagnosis- her tumor has shrunk to an amazing 12% of the size it was originally at when it was first discovered in an x-ray. That is an unprecedented result. Not only is Emerson giving hope to other children with similar cancer conditions with her generous endeavors, but she is also giving them hope with her continually improving prognosis!

In addition to this, her case is giving invaluable data to researchers who will be looking for ways to use the treatments which seem to be working for Emerson on other children.

According to Cancer.org, as many as 11,000 children in the United States are anticipated to have been diagnosed with cancer before the end of this year. These are children under the age of 15, who have barely had a chance to experience life and the fullness of their own potential.

Due to major advances in cancer treatment, as many as 80% of these children will survive their fight with the dreaded disease. In the 1970s, the survival rate for children with cancer was roughly 58%. The progress has been substantial, and researchers are always doing their best to push those numbers forward another fraction of a percent. It is due to thousands of professionals working diligently largely on donated funds that the science and practice of cancer treatment become gradually more effective over long periods of time.

With the help, the critical data, and the inspiration provided by brave and wonderful young people like Emerson Hoogendoorn, it is possible that even those numbers can be further improved.

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