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Classroom yoga helps Dubuque students relax, focus

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Classes looked a little different at Fulton Elementary School in Dubuque Thursday.

That's because students in all grades were learning some of the basics of yoga.

Fulton is one of four schools in the Dubuque Community School District taking part in this practice.

"We're really hoping that through the practice of yoga that students will be able to learn how to self regulate their emotions," said Mae Hingtgen with the district.

The students learn about intentions, the different yoga poses, and even take time to rest and relax.

"There's a lot of research out there that say that children who practice yoga are able to concentrate, able to self regulate, have a higher self esteem. Their ability to participate in their classroom increases," said Hingtgen.

Yoga going over really well with the third grade class we followed.

"It was relaxing and fun," said 8-year-old Brock Reis.

:"It calms your body and it's fun," added Chiyo Ishoda.

9-year-old Jordan Riber said, "It helps your body works and make you calm."

"It was calm and relaxing," said Paisley Roth.

The district is conducting their own study on the effects of yoga in the classroom.  They hope to expand it to the rest of the elementary schools in the future.

The James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation recently granted $20,000 to the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools to make it possible.

Lincoln, Sageville and Kennedy are the other schools participating this year.

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