Elementary school yoga class offered to help students manage anxiety

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A local elementary school is offering yoga to help students deal with anxiety.  Guidance counselor Farah Anderson offers the class twice a week during recess for first through fourth graders at Ridgewood Elementary School in East Moline, Illinois.

"I see with a lot of kids with anxiety whether its separation, tests, generalized anxiety, so it was my hope that it would help some of those kids," said Anderson.

Besides doing poses, the kids also do breathing exercises.  Anderson hopes yoga will help the students feel more relaxed wherever they are.

"I feel a lot more happier, and I feel a lot more stretchier," said student Devaeah Harker.

"We hope they take what they've learned from here into the classroom or into the cafeteria and still enjoy those places but in a more calm manner," said Anderson.  She said she's also had a lot of support for the yoga class from parents and teachers.

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