4-H Yoga Program Promotes Healthy Lifestyles

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4-H Yoga Participants do the Swaying Tree pose

4-H Yoga Participants do the Swaying Tree pose

Youth across the county are busy with testing this month, making strategies for reducing stress and improving health are especially important. Washington County 4-H developed a 4-week yoga program to address this need. 13 4-H’ers from across Washington County participated in this year’s program which culminated in partner yoga on May 19th.

Emily Chandler and Keriah Bell show off a perfect Double Tree Pose during partner yoga class.

Emily Chandler and Keriah Bell show off a perfect Double Tree Pose during partner yoga class.

4-H Healthy Living programs aim to address health issues by engaging youth in hands-on opportunities to enhance physical, social, and emotional well-being. Yoga is a fun and easy way to increase physical activity and flexibility, strengthen your body and mind, improve self-confidence and promote relaxation. Most participants in this year’s program had no prior yoga experience. In addition to yoga and stress reduction instruction, participants also received healthy snacks and their own yoga mat.

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Chana Moore and Keyaria Norman try the Double Boat pose.

The 4-H Yoga for Kids Curriculum was designed by the University of Arkansas Extension, incorporating Head, Heart, Hands, and Health in a low pressure, positive, and supportive environment!

Clara Tate Foster and Mollie Chandler show off their Double Dog pose.

Clara Tate Foster and Mollie Chandler show off their Double Dog pose.

This year’s 4-H Yoga Participants included: Heather Rogers, Mandy Sawyer, Clara Tate Foster, Reagan Spruill, Mylei Oliver, McKayla Oliver, Emily Chandler, Madeline Chandler, Mollie Chandler, Marly Brooks, Keirah Bell, Chana Moore, and Keyaria Norman.

Mylei Oliver and Clara Tate Foster stretch out during partner yoga.

Mylei Oliver and Clara Tate Foster stretch out during partner yoga.

If you are interested in this or any other 4-H program, contact Laura Oliver, 4-H and Youth Development Agent, 793-2163.

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Photo of Laura OliverLaura OliverCounty Extension Director, Martin County (252) 789-4370 (Office) laura_oliver@ncsu.eduMartin County, North Carolina
Updated on May 20, 2016
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