This school year, high school students are being offered yoga, in which they can earn their required P.E. credits. Mrs. DeBusk, who is also a health teacher, will teach students the different postures, the history, and the correct breathing in yoga. In this course, she can most likely guarantee increased strength, flexibility, energy, less stress, a more optimistic attitude, and overall, better health. On top of that, students will learn yoga sequences, which can be practiced daily.
Mrs. DeBusk adds, “Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos. Peace and tranquility achieved through focused training appeals to everyone.”
According to Mrs. DeBusk, this is always something she has been interested in. She wanted more options other than just general P.E. Immediately, she thought of yoga because it's something students can use throughout their lifetime, and not just for forty minutes a day at school.
Casandra Chamorro explained, “I chose yoga because I wanted to be healthier spiritually, mentally, and physically, and I don’t like any sport apart from yoga, and I didn’t like P.E. either.”
Yoga is much more of an interest than participating in the regular exercises every week in P.E. or making time for sports to some students. As Mrs. DeBusk said, working out isn’t the only thing about yoga, but it also has a lot to do with discipline of the mind and body.
“I want to strengthen and improve my body,” says Lisbeth Garcilazo.
Although on some days it might be an intense workout, other days it’s just about completing a series of relaxing poses and stretches, which is one of the many reasons some students decided yoga was the best option. Not only will you be fit, but you will also be taking care of your emotional well-being.
“I joined yoga because I thought I’d be less stressed and feel more calm,” says Leslie Pena.
Calming your mind and breathing properly is a big part in yoga. This is where discipline of the mind comes in. Having to tune out your surroundings and the students around you may be difficult, but during that period of time, you have to focus on yourself. Most importantly, yoga will be no help to any student if they don’t participate. Participation is the key for allowing your body to receive the benefits of yoga. If the student does not try, there will no improvement, only wasted time.