Gym class was the most miserable part of my week in high school. I started thinking of it as "how long until I start crying" and the answer was usually "about fifteen minutes". I hate laps. I hate running til I feel like I'm going to die. On the rare occasion when I actually wanted to play, I wasn't skilled enough (or viciously competitive enough) for the more competitive matches, but those in the less competitive half usually didn't want to play. Making it so kids have more freedom and choice about activities would encourage them to do those activities, and if the goal is fitness, isn't that enough? Especially if it makes them realize exercise can be enjoyable? My gym experience mostly taught me that heart failure was preferable to sports.
I am a student, and I am being forced to do P.E every other day, most of the time just thinking about doing it makes me cry. I faked injuries, sickness, and everything to just get out of it but it just doesn't work anymore. A child should not be forced to do such things that lowers their self esteem and happiness. Seeing other "active" kids in class makes me think much lower of myself and hate it.
Yoga sounds so much more promising than half the stuff we do in our gym class. Plus, I would use it. When am I ever going to care how to play baseball or soccer or something like that? I'd gladly go to Yoga sessions during the weekend. But competitive sports are a waste of my time, since I won't ever be using it. Yoga is and I should have a say in what I want to do, since they say that I'm an adult now and should be able to make my own decisions in high school.
Still do. And even though my school offered a non-competitive alternative, they just mixed us in with the competitive class every other day. And the kids in the competitive class were the fit, skinny, muscular, perfect kids that me and the other non-competitives wanted to be. This continued. And throughout my whole education, those kids criticized me for being fat (even though I was 5 foot 4, and 120 pounds.) And phys ed is not teaching us anything. I have never, not even once, used something I learned in phys ed class outside of school. If kids want to take phys ed, they should be able to. But the others who don't want to shouldn't have to. They should be able to get fit on their own, if they want to.
First, Yoga helps kids relieve stress. Stress is a major component of our society. Kids are expected to go to school, come home, do fifty after-school activities, and then come home relaxed. It isn't working. Kids seem more stressed out today than 30 years ago. They have more expectations, and parents seem to place more emphasis on activities.
Stretching creates longer muscles, especially while breathing. This means fewer injuries for the child when they are performing physical activity. When they get older, their bodies will be be in better shape and they will have less pain.
Most gym classes are pretty pointless, they force children to play games that a lot of them don't even want to play. Some gym classes actually focus on fitness, but this is really even more pointless. Schools forcing fitness on children to curb obesity and such doesn't help as if a child wasn't going to exercise in the first place you're probably just going to make him hate it more. Even if the 12 grades of gym the child went through actually majorly affected him (which it won't, because he'll hate it) he's just going to stop exercising completely afterward. Health and fitness techniques should be taught to children if they want to learn it, but forcing them and wasting their time just ruins their fitness and their view of it.
Not only should they be able to do other types of physical activity, (like yoga) but if a student wants to take up another math class he should. The health of a child shouldn't be a school's responsibility. A school's responsibility is to teach, that is all. Leave the heath to the child and their parents.
Inexperienced teachers and overeager students behind rise in injuries
Nearly 4,500 people ended up in the emergency room after yoga injuries in 2006, up 18 percent since 2004.
Overall, yoga has far more potential to heal than to hurt: Studies suggest it can help relieve chronic lower-back pain, depression and anxiety. But the fact is that the most basic of yoga poses — as with dance, gymnastics or any type of physical activity that requires strength and flexibility — call for a certain amount of skill and training to do properly.
And when strength isn't a necessity, proper alignment is; sometimes the most benign-seeming poses can cause injury if hands, arms or legs are placed incorrectly. Devotees are even more vulnerable if they go through poses more quickly than their body can handle or push themselves too hard in an effort to keep up with the teacher or compete with other students.
“The ambitions of the yoga student have changed,” Dr. Fishman says. Many students come looking for a workout akin to aerobics or sports, with only ancillary meditative benefits. But, explains Terri Kennedy, founder of Ta Yoga House in New York City, “yoga is about intention, attention and breath.” In yoga, your movement toward, say, touching your toes is what matters, not whether you are able to wrench your body into that position. “If you keep the breath steady, then you can begin to steady the mind,” adds Kennedy, chairwoman of the board of Yoga Alliance, a national organization that sets standards for yoga teaching. “That's the essence of the practice. It's not about a perfect-looking posture.”
In the tradition set forth roughly 5,000 years ago in ancient India, yoga instruction was one-on-one and individually tailored, the passage of a sacred discipline from guru to student. Today, of course, classes are a group affair. “Some of today's yoga teachers have been recruited from the vast army of the unemployed, the kind of people who used to become waiters and waitresses while figuring out what to do with the rest of their life,” says Dr. Fishman, who was once an expert witness in the lawsuit of a yogi who could no longer walk up stairs after she tore the cartilage in her knee doing a Hero pose. “That includes people who are eager to do the right thing but don't have the anatomical knowledge, physiological understanding, caring attitude and experience to be able to teach.”
No certification or specific training is required before a person is allowed to teach yoga. Yoga Alliance recommends teachers get a bare minimum of 200 hours of training and has built a registry of teachers and schools that meet its standards. But participation is voluntary; teachers can just as easily get certified in weekend or online courses. “If you are a Spinning teacher and you want to tack on yoga, then you can take a two-day training,” Kennedy says. “You may think you are qualified, but that has its challenges.”
Having P.E is worth list because you don't have freedom of running and playing sports all you do is learn about fitness not do it i think yoga would better than just learning but at the same time some kids might miss yoga so i'm in the middle so i don't know what choice to pick
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Allowing Yoga as an alternative to gym is horrible children would start taking yoga insteadof gym and yoga does not keep you fit, at least not as fit as running. More so children barely have Gym as it is, Children need to stop having everything so easy. They more work, harder work, more responsibilities by going easy on these children we're teaching them that it's ok