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Playtime Yoga Time

The Playtime Yoga Time program will be presented weekly from September 2020 through April 2021 (less three holiday weeks) and will be aimed toward children ages 3-8 (though appropriate for any age). By creating a weekly series of classes children will develop a healthy habit of improving the body and mind. Based in the classical study of yoga, the Playoga classes use tools and activities to help children focus their minds and bodies all while having fun. Each class includes a question of the day to end the class. Storytime Yoga Classes consist of the reading of one picture book, a yoga flow that follows the book's storyline, and a closing meditation. According to an article by Marlynn Wei, M.D., J.D. "Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children (ages 6 to 12). Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children" (Harvard Health Publishing).
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Children
Teens
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Rural
Suburban
Urban
All of Us
African Americans or Black
Asian
Latino or Hispanic
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Community based organization staff
General public
Library or information professional
Student, K-12
Project Lead:
Valerie Golik
Funding Source: 
MAR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$4201
Funding Period:
Oct 1, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
Awarded