Kids practice yoga to blow off steam

Posted at 7:55 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 08:50:20-04

"Inhale, reach up, exhale, RAWR!"

That's what you'll hear on a typical Monday or Wednesday afternoon, when the kids at a summer enrichment camp participate in yoga class.

"I find it very important that we find a way in the time that we're currently living for the kids to channel their energy and their emotions in a way that they're doing something positive with it," said Ericka Alston-Buck, executive director and founder of The Kids Safe Zone.

155 kids are part of the free camp put on by The Kids Safe Zone. About 50 of them crowd into a room all at once to get yoga lessons and relieve some stress.

 "I am a warrior for peace. I am a warrior for kindness. I am a warrior for friendliness."

The kids may be too young to realize the full extent of the words they're repeating from the instructor. But their teachers hope that by fostering a peaceful, relaxing environment, the kids can grow up to be successful adults who stay out of trouble.

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