MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Many kids will soon feel the heat as they head back to school. Starting can be so stressful. Then once you get into the schedule, things pile up, sports practices, tests, homework.

One local yoga studio wants students to breathe and feel the heat in a different way. Moksha Yoga in Uptown is offering back-to-school classes for kids and parents.

The room is hot and the poses can be difficult, but you don’t see stress on anyone’s face here.

“When we create our own ease and peace in ourselves then translates to those around us,” said Moksha’s Ryann Doucette.

Michelle McCreery tries to use what she’s learned in class in her everyday life, which includes managing two teenagers.

“Driving can be so stressful. My son would look at me and go, ‘Mom, what are you doing?’ I would realize I was doing really deep breaths,” she said. “It came automatically.”

Now all parents can bring their kids to also learn the practice.

“Parents can come into the hot room for an hour, and we’ll be offering kids’ classes in our non-heat room,” said Doucette.

Kids will learn how to manage stress during a test or when competing in sports. Sitting still for just a minute can have a calming effect outside of class. Even in the midst of chaos, what you learn here can center you in seconds.

Three tips from Moksha Yoga are: stay hydrated, move slowly and always, always breathe.

An introductory class starts Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. Regular classes start in October. People as young as 3 years old can participate on Saturdays, and from 13 years old on certain weekdays.

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