Students participate in yoga thanks to ZenZone guest presenters

July 2, 2014 

Students pictured in the group photo include Malachi Boaz, James Flower, Thomas Clapp. High-school A+ program student volunteer is Breana Koch.

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If you are a yoga enthusiast you can likely already imagine all the benefits of incorporating yoga into a child’s life. Now multiply those benefits when incorporated into the day of a child with complex needs.

Ruthann Zenter, owner of the ZenZone, along with Piper Zenter and Star Cipolla enticed students in the Lee’s Summit R-7 extended school year program to be active participants while engaging in yoga movement stories.

The students had fun while working on balance, coordination, flexibility, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques which enhanced their focus and readiness to learn.

Zenter incorporated a stillness pose, and the students were able to be still and calm, a skill necessary in school or when going out in the community. This skill carried over to their classroom after the session.

Unlike many physical activities, there is no winning or losing when doing yoga. It is a physical activity that anyone one can do.

The ZenZone instructors did not focus on the students’ disabilities but their abilities, evening the playing field for all students despite the challenges that they may face.

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