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Yoga is kids' stuff in St. James

Kids participate in Wee Warriors Yoga Playtime in

Kids participate in Wee Warriors Yoga Playtime in St. James Tuesday. (March 5, 2011) Credit: TC McCarthy

Who would’ve thought dodgeball and dogma would go together so well?

Wee Warriors Yoga Playtime holds a class every Tuesday at Balance Studio in St. James for 8- to 12-year-olds.

Students spend the hour stimulating their imagination, doing exercises that are supportive of their body and releasing energy in a way helps keep their mind focused, according to Wee Warriors owner Alicia Watins.

“There are a lot of benefits, of course, there’s the physical benefits that people associate with yoga,” Watins said. “But they learn teamwork, they learn kindness, they learn non-violence, they learn honesty… so that they learn to work together, they learn to care of their friends.”

The highlight of the class is the games, which combine yoga with teamwork.

One game, Yoga Dodgeball, is played just like regular dodgeball until someone gets hit with the ball. Then the student needs to go into the “downward dog” pose, and a teammate of theirs must risk also being hit by a ball and crawl under them to free them.

“I do it because its fun and you get more flexibility,” said Emily Broderick, 11, who has aspirations to act and dance onstage one day. “My favorite part is the meditation and the stories.”

The class is offered every Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. at Balance Studio’s 420 Lake Ave. location. It will be offered for free at Borders at 2130 Nesconset Hwy., Stony Brook, on March 19 at 11 a.m. Another free class will be offered March 24 at Whole Foods Market, 120 New Moriches Rd., Lake Grove, at 4 p.m.

Photo: Kids participate in Wee Warriors Yoga Playtime in St. James Tuesday. (March 5, 2011)

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