Hailey Giberti, front, left, and her Sherwood Heights Elementary School schoolmates participate in a yoga class during their recess at the Auburn school Monday. Certified yoga teacher Emma Samson, a 2015 Saint Dominic Academy graduate, has volunteered to come in to teach a group of girls who would rather do yoga than play outside on the playground. “It is so much fun,” sixth-grader Ari Guay said. “Now I feel more comfortable doing yoga in front of people.” Samson said she has heard from teachers that the girls are more calm and relaxed after their recess yoga session. “I never thought I could get elementary kids to meditate,” Samson said. “They love it.” Pictured from left: Abby Guilmette, Giberti, Kiara Bushman, Alyssa Gallant, Ari Guay and Violet Vincent. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Emma Samson, 20, graduated from Saint Dominic Academy before attending Panacea Yoga in Hallowell. She is now a certified yoga teacher and has been coming to Sherwood Heights Elementary School to teach students yoga during their recess. “They have gotten so much better,” Samson said of the students. “I would like to come in and do more. It obviously is working.” (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Alyssa Gallant, center, and her Sherwood Heights Elementary School schoolmates participate in a yoga class Monday during their recess at the Auburn school. Certified yoga teacher Emma Samson, a 2015 Saint Dominic Academy graduate, has volunteered to come in to teach a group of girls who would rather do yoga than play outside on the playground. “It is so much fun,” said sixth-grader Ari Guay. “Now I feel more comfortable doing yoga in front of people,” Guay said. Samson said she has heard from teachers that the girls are more calm and relaxed after their recess yoga session. “I never thought I could get elementary kids to meditate,” Samson said. “They love it.” Pictured from left: Violet Vincent, Hailey Giberti, Gallant, Arianna Thurlow, Anna Lowell, Abby Guilmette, Kiara Bushman and Ari Guay. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Arianna Thurlow, 11, and her schoolmates were able to get yoga mats from the SHARECenter in Auburn. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Fifth-grader Abigail Libby, 10, participates in the yoga lesson during recess Monday at Sherwood Heights Elementary School in Auburn. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Fifth-grader Violet Vincent, 10, participates in the yoga lesson during recess Monday at Sherwood Heights Elementary School in Auburn. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Fifth-grader Kiara Bushman, 10, meditates Monday during the final minutes of her yoga lesson at Sherwood Heights Elementary School in Auburn. “I never thought I could get elementary kids to meditate. They love it,” said the student’s yoga teacher, Emma Samson. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)


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