Program developers Valerie Cholet and Jessica Schocker were quoted in the Penn State News website article dated February 27: In disciplines such as yoga and taekwondo, practitioners are encouraged to work on developing a strong self-esteem. Further, the basic philosophical grounding of these Eastern influenced practices stresses an awareness of community and the way our actions impact others.
Melissa Fisher, Principal of Glenside Elementary, which has approximately 400 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, says on school website: “It is my hope to nurture the entire child”. This school is in Reading School District part of which was organized in 1835. Robert Heebner, Jr. is Board President of the District while Dr. Carlinda Purcell is Superintendent.
Zed noted that besides other benefits, yoga might also help deal with the obesity crisis faced by the country. According to United States National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. About 16 million Americans, including many celebrities, now reportedly practice yoga. It was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.