Lathrop yoga class visited by mindfulness program

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Blossom House, and University of Alaska Community Yoga Club brought the Holistic Life Foundation to Fairbanks to run mindfulness practices in local schools and correctional faculties. This past Wednesday HLF hosted a guest practice at Lathrop's yoga class. The Lathrop yoga program started in 2013 by Michelle Robinson as an alternative to gym class.

The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore Based organization co-founded by Atman Smith, Ali Smith, and Andres Gonzales focused on mindfulness, yoga practices, breath work and meditation for school age children. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

According to the Mayo Clinic, research on the benefits of yoga for kids is limited. However reports suggest that yoga can calm children and reduce obesity, that yoga can enhance concentration and help children manage certain health conditions, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.

"High school can be stressful you get knocked down a lot. I think the mindfulness practice helps a lot with the bounce bank. You can kind of recover quicker and get back to your homeostasis and go through life," said Ali Smith, one of the three founders of HLF.

The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore based organization co-founded by Atman Smith, Ali Smith, and Andres Gonzales focused on mindfulness, yoga practices, breath work and meditation for school age children. Studies suggest that yoga may also benefit children who have various mental and physical disabilities.

"Were also seeing that it helps with self-confidence. A lot of kids suffer from not having confidence in themselves, with them doing the practice they get physically stronger and then with doing the breathing they get mentally stronger and then when they get into the meditation they get into inner peace,” said Atman Smith.

HLF hopes to continue to be able to help children across the underserved communities ‘develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care’.

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