Riverton Primary School students turn to yoga to battle stress

Wellbeing 4 Kids founder Linda Bancroft with Riverton Primary School students.
Wellbeing 4 Kids founder Linda Bancroft with Riverton Primary School students.

YOU are never too young to start yoga – that is the message from Riverton Primary School.

The school has joined forces with Wellbeing 4 Kids to deliver a yoga program targeted at relieving student’s stress levels.

Wellbeing 4 Kids founder Linda Bancroft said she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children experiencing stress and anxiety and help them deal with it in a healthy manner.

“I wanted to make children look after themselves, their own health and wellbeing, their own bodies,” she said.

“Not only do we want them to strengthen and have flexible bodies, we want them to be resilient and have calm, peaceful minds which will help them make really good choices.”

A yoga teacher for the past 30 years, Mrs Bancroft said she noticed the children were a lot calmer and more relaxed the more they took part.

“The program I do is called an ‘Unstoppable Me’, so they learn persistence, resilience, to let go of their worries, they learn to never ever give up and make really good choices,” she said.

“To be confident, to know they’re really worth, to know we all love them, they’re important and they can make a difference to the world.”

School principal Paul Grundy said they had been running the program for three years and feedback had been “incredibly positive”.

“With more students presenting with anxiety and depression, we know positive mental health is fundamental to students’ ability to learn and grow as individuals,” he said.

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