CORVALLIS, Ore. – A public high school in Corvallis is now offering yoga, and is urging schools across the state to do the same.
Not only is a week-long yoga summer camp currently in session, but yoga classes are also being offered this upcoming school year. Hindus are praising Crescent Valley High School and say it’s a “step in the right direction.”
Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism and yoga enthusiast, says that besides other benefits, yoga may also help the obesity crisis the country as a whole faces. According to the United States National Institutes of Health, yoga can help an individual to feel more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress.
About 21 million Americans, including many celebrities, now practice yoga. Dr. Erin Prince, the superintendent of Corvallis School District, has about 6,300 students representing 47 different nationalities. Principle of Corvallis High School Cherie Stroud’s Vision Statement includes, “nurture students to grow as responsible citizens” and Hindus feel yoga is an aid to this.