School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety

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By: Keith Brannon.

Participating in yoga and mindfulness activities at school helps third-graders exhibiting anxiety improve their well-being and emotional health, according to a new Tulane University study published in the journal Psychology Research and Behavior Management.

“Our initial work found that many kids expressed anxious feelings in third grade as the classroom work becomes more developmentally complex,” Bazzano said. “Even younger children are experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety, especially around test time.”

Co-authors of the study include Jeanette Gustat, clinical associate professor of epidemiology and Christopher Anderson, a doctoral student in epidemiology at Tulane, along with local community partner Chelsea Hylton of Project Peaceful Warriors. The study was funded by the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking and the Center for Public Service at Tulane University.

Read the full article here, courtesy of NewWave.