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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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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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