A pair of industrial fans blow in the gymnasium at West Side High School in Newark. A yoga instructor introduces the mountain pose to about one-hundred members of the school’s staff.
“We’re going into our ninth year in some city schools,” said Debbie Kaminsky, founder of Newark Yoga Movement. “We found that after a twenty-minute session of yoga, that 64 percent of students were more peaceful and less stressed. So with that, we started bringing yoga to more schools in Newark. It really has traction after we taught over 26,000 students and over 3,000 educators.”