By Jan Nicolas, Clarion Staff Reporter
If students walk by the Kennedy dance room on Wednesdays after school, they may not know right away that biology teacher Seanne Louvet is hosting a calming weekly yoga session with students and teachers.
“Last year was my first year in Kennedy; I practiced yoga on my own time as a stress reliever,” says Louvet.
She adds,”It helped me survive working as a good new teacher and dealing with stress … and I felt that my students could benefit from it as well.”
Yoga class can be a place to join people who like to exercise and have a quiet mind. Louvet’s yoga class is offered as a 7th period, and interested students need to submit a waiver the first time they attend. Louvet welcomes anybody to class, saying that it’s good for students. She can also provide yoga mats for anyone who doesn’t have one. More than 10 students and staff participated in recent sessions.
Louvet started doing yoga when she was in high school before decidibng to get a yoga instructor license inspired by her personal life experiences.
“I know in my life it created more discipline and I’m stronger,” she says.
Yoga brings health benefits such as burning calories, increasing the flexibility of the body, improving athletic performance and managing mental health (because stress can make you feel or show in different ways like sleeping problems in general and headaches and inability to concentrate on tasks).
According to Yoga Basics yoga was developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India 5,000 years ago and now Kennedy is apart of a centuries old tradition.