Yoga proves academic, behavioral success for elementary students

Students use yoga
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A  Blytheville third grade teacher has introduced yoga to her students to help them get focused for class.

However, it has helped Felecia Dogan's students in other ways as well.

Students have been doing yoga sessions before class and before tests since September.

Dogan said she started this because she saw how yoga improved her own life.

Before using it, she said students could not stay as focused, had more behavior issues, and received lower test grades.

One of the kids, Trmajion Falls, said getting to do yoga has helped him succeed inside and outside of the classroom.

"It helps me stay out of trouble and accomplish my grades from last year," Falls said. "I use it to stay out of fights."

Falls did not have good grades last year, but Dogan said he has improved tremendously.

"Yoga has helped me a lot," Falls said. "I have As and Bs now."

Dogan said she has not only seen an improvement in Falls, but all of her students.

She said one student has dyslexia, and that her reading and writing has come a long way.

Because it has been a big success in her classroom, Dogan and another teacher plan to put together a workshop this summer to educate teachers on how beneficial it can be for their students.

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