By Pat McGonigle
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - For centuries people have turned to the restorative and healing powers of yoga to relieve daily stress and muscle aches.
Many adults say they couldn't survive without a regular session of bending, stretching, and breathing.
So why would kids need yoga?
"Children are naturally suited for yoga," said Julie Funke at St. Louis Spinning.
Small bodies and minds may not have the stress and miles on the odometer adults have, but that doesn't mean they don't benefit from a vigorous session where they can wipe the slate clean.
"Kids today are over-scheduled and over-stimulated," Funke said. "iPads, iPods, video games, it's too much for anyone. And a child's limber muscles and bones are perfectly suited for yoga."
Several places in St. Louis now offer yoga classes for children.
"Kids don't carry all of the negative junk in their minds the way adults do," Funke said. "Getting them exposed to yoga at an early age could have lifelong positive benefits."
Children's yoga available at the following locations:
Sweet Peace Yoga in Kirkwood
151 W Argonne Dr Kirkwood, MO 63122
St. Louis Spinning
524 Hanley Industrial Ct, St Louis, MO 63144
St. Louis Yoga Source
1500 Big Bend St. Louis, MO 63117
Southtown Yoga hosts a Kids Yoga Camp (July 8-12 and 17-21)
1905 Park Ave.
Masterpeace Studios in Webster Groves is offering a Kids class on August 16, and have High school classes
171 Hull Avenue, Webster Groves
Kid Partners Yoga
Des Peres, MO
Mercy Hospital St. Louis
615 S New Ballas Rd, St Louis, MO
5724 Oakland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
Prana Yoga in Des Peres
11771 Manchester Road Des Peres, MO
Salveo Yoga in St. Louis
YogaRight in Maryville
2114 South Center Street, Maryville IL 62062