Yoga, Meditation Lessons Work for Some Teens

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Meredith Rosenberg

Students at alternative high school in New York don't bother changing clothes for their yoga lesson.

NEW YORK — On a sunny school day last year, the last thing 20 teenagers seemed interested in was a yoga class. Most hadn’t even bothered changing out of their jeans, leather jackets and baseball caps. Despite appearances, one in particular was different.

John was a senior at Humanities Preparatory Academy, a small alternative public high school for students deemed at-risk, yet with the academic potential to attend college. He’s been assigned to the yoga class for the past three years.

“I thought it would just be a class of breathing, just calming the body down, that’s . . .

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