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Beating Test Anxiety with Yoga!

Spring isn’t just a time for new flowers, Barton Springs, and planning for summer camps-- it’s also time for all kinds of testing at schools, from STAAR tests to finals, kids of all ages are feeling the strain. According to the American Test Anxiety Association as many as 20% of school aged kids deal with test anxiety. As a parent, it’s not easy to watch your kid stress out like a tiny adult, but so often we feel powerless to help them combat those feelings. We can do all the preparation possible at home-- download apps, pour over study guides, feed a brain healthy breakfast, and get a good night’s sleep-- but once those kids walk out the door, who knows?

Stress management is a skill that will last children a life time. A regular yoga practice is an excellent habit to combat general anxieties and stresses. Here are some poses you can teach your child to keep in their back pocket:

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Star Pose

  • stand tall, root your feet into the ground

  • stretch your arms out to a T shape

  • take a big breath in as you lift your arms up and a big breath out as they fall down by your side

  • do this 3 times

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Crescent Moon Side Bend

  • take a big breath in and stretch your arms over your head

  • bring your palms together and bend to the left

  • take a big breath out and bend to the right

  • do this on each side 2 times

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Airplane Pose

  • stand tall, root your feet into the ground

  • as you begin to lean your chest towards the ground, lift your left leg up and take your hands out to the side to a T shape- those are your airplane wings!

  • come back up, take a big breath in and as you breath out lean forward and lift your right leg up.

Butterfly Pose

  • sit all the way down and bring the bottoms of your feet together

  • hold on to your ankles and sit up nice and tall with straight arms

  • for a deep stretch you can bend your elbows left and right and bring your nose to your toes
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Practicing 2-3 times a week can go a long way toward managing stress. To start your child’s journey to mindfulness and physical fitness, check out the schedule for the The Village location here.