Thursday April 17, 2014





Let yoga ease stress

At first, the idea of bringing yoga to high school physical education classes so students can learn to better cope with stress might sound silly.

High school? Stress? Come on!

Indeed, in the minds of parents in their 30s or 40s who are juggling a kid or two, full-time jobs and perhaps an aging parent of their own, the stresses of high school might seem trivial.

Stop for a moment and think back, way back, to those so-called glory days at the Grade 8 to 12 institution and perceptions might change.

To the hormonal boy or girl trying to figure out his or her place in the world, high school can be a stressful venture. Anxieties over school assignments, weekly pop quizzes and, gulp, provincial exams are as big a concern as wondering if the next paycheque will pay the bills.

It’s all about perception.

As adults, we’ve battled the anxieties of elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, not to mention failed relationships, job woes and possibly the loss of friends, siblings or parents.

Many in high school have not; hence what is trivial to adults is anything but to them.

Throw in pressures to fit in and bullying, and school can be a time bomb of anxiety.

That’s why introducing yoga to Grade 9 and 10 students at Sahali secondary is a good thing.

Having Charlie Bruce, a certified yoga instructor and former educator, teach it is a plus.

Not only does he know yoga and its calming benefits, he also understands the pressures of school.

A 2012 Ipsos Reid survey reported that 14 per cent of Canadian employees are clinically depressed while another eight per cent believe they suffer from depression. Knowing how to manage stress and anxiety can help people manage depression.

The earlier we give people the tools they need to manage stress, the greater the chance of preventing a mental disorder and even suicide later in life.

Kudos to the staff at Sahali secondary for taking a chance with yoga. Perhaps it’s something other schools should adopt as well.


We Say editorials represent the viewpoint of The Daily News and are written by publisher Tim Shoults, city editor Tracy Gilchrist, or associate news editors Dan Spark and Mark Rogers.




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