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New kids' camp promotes wellness

Today, kids' lives are full ... sometimes too full, which can make for a lot of pressure. A bustling life with busy parents, school demands, lessons, competitive sports, video games and malls can add up to stress, even for young children.

Time to relax and unwind can be hard to find. However, parents and children across the country are learning that yoga can be a fun and social way for kids to stay healthy and fit while helping to counteract the pressures of a busy life.

"When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease," wrote Marsha Wenig, author and founder of YogaKids, in a recent Yoga Journal article.

For the first time, Alexandria's YOGAjoy, LLC will offer Kids' Camp 2008 to the lakes area this summer. Incorporating stories, play, fun poses and art, students will learn how to practice being calm and quiet while at the same time, build strength and enjoy their natural flexibility.

YOGAjoy Kids' Camp will be held at the Nelson Wellness Center in Alexandria Monday through Thursday, July 14-17, from 9-10 a.m. (girls and boys grades 3, 4 and 5) and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (girls and boys grades 6, 7, 8).

The four-day camp will focus on teaching children the basics of a beginning yoga practice using themes of becoming more aware of their potential; how to quiet themselves inside and out; find joyfulness through self expression, and strength in their minds and bodies. Physical movements and poses will be introduced with music and activities tailored to each age group.

Parents can register their children for YOGAjoy Kids' Camp by calling YOGAjoy at (320) 815-3169 and reserving a spot in class.

YOGAjoy LLC is a locally-owned business that offers ongoing classes at the Nelson Wellness Center as well as private coaching, special events and presentations. Visit for more information.