Children from Primary through Middle School participate in yoga classes during the school year. Each class begins with warm-up stretching exercises during which the children learn the parts of the skeletal system. The Montessori philosophy of grace and courtesy is reinforced during the “strike a pose” segment of each lesson. Full attention of the class is given to each child’s pose interpretation. This helps develop respect for themselves and others. Each class ends with relaxation exercises and a sharing of thoughts from each child about his/her favorite part of the day. Yoga helps to center the child, quieting and relaxing the whole body. It also helps improve self-esteem, balance and coordination.