We are so pleased to have added a Yoga Class to The Red Balloon Learning Center curriculum this year. The art and practice of yoga has been around for a very long time, so why not bring it to the children? Though we adults may readily admit that yoga is beneficial to us, some of us may wonder what if anything our children can learn from practicing yoga. Educators and fitness experts are now recognizing that yoga may be one of the best tools children can have to develop focus, manage stress, and keep their bodies fit. Research reports toddlers, and even babies can benefit from modified yoga practices. Young children can sleep longer and more deeply. They have better digestion. Their neuromuscular development is improved, and their immune systems are strengthened. In addition their emotions are more even. Pre-school children have all of those benefits as well as improved body awareness and increased self confidence. They learn to listen and follow directions. Further, children who are taught yoga at an early age learn a healthy lifestyle that can keep them fit, forestall obesity, and help them relax in a stress filled world. I can recommend "Little Yoga: A Toddler's First Book of Yoga" written by Rebecca Whitford.