A recent Philadelphia Inquirer article examined the trend children taking yoga classes as early as preschool age. Among the studios with young students mentioned in the article was Havertown's Cerca Trova on Darby Road:
Sharlene McKinley opened Cerca Trova Yoga in Havertown in 2010, and has witnessed steady growth with classes for younger kids. She's also putting effort into growing the teen market. "People are seeing the healthy outcome of a yoga practice. . . . As kids see more adults embracing yoga, it becomes the cultural norm."
Yoga, which means "join" or "unite" in Sanskrit, is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that originated in India. And although there are many and sometimes trendy variations on the ancient practice - iyengar, kundalini, bikram - all yoga focuses on breathing and mindfulness through poses, some of which kids do naturally.
Read the full article at the Philly.com.