Childhood stress can have immediate and long-term negative impacts on physical health, mental health, school performance, self-esteem, and relationships. For children in rural communities there are fewer resources available as recreational and therapeutic outlets for healthy stress reduction. Extracurricular activity involvement also puts significant financial and time burdens on families. There is a particular need to provide children in rural areas with tools to manage stress that can be incorporated into the school day and require few resources. Yoga is an excellent school-based activity that has proven benefits on physical and emotional health for both students and teachers. It has been shown to be effective at improving children's sense of wellbeing and reducing self-perceived levels of stress, and can practiced individually at home without requiring any special equipment.
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