Yoga in Schools 25 Years Later

I was finishing my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Pepperdine in 1992 and also working as a substitute teacher. I was a former high school teacher and also had a master’s degree in theater from the University of Michigan (I had also worked for Sam Goldwyn Jr. and for Norman Lear and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild).

I was called into sub at an elementary school in Pacific Palisades. The children were to be tested. They were nervous, and frightened about not doing well. I had studied yoga and meditation since 1979, so I gave them an exercise to calm their nerves.

The next day, I was told that a parent complained about the “quieting the mind exercises” and I was told I could never return to the school!! So when I saw your “Kids Yoga Day April 8” celebration announced in the April 6 edition, I was thrilled. It has taken the Palisades 25 years to evolve. I hope that the mother who complained about me might just be reading this in your paper!

Many, many thanks to Teresa Anne Power for her book, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Teachers (especially for parents and teachers).

Nancy Kezlarian

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