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Kids practice yoga in Cloquet park

The class learned poses and relaxation techniques during a class taught by The Nest Wellness Studio instructor Carolyn Ripp.

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Emily Sheff, 4, of Cloquet, tries Cobra Pose during a kids yoga class led by Carolyn Ripp on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet. Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal

Lying on the concrete at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet, 4-year-old Emily Sheff pushed herself up into Cobra Pose as the sun broke through the clouds.

“Make that 'hiss' sound when you do it,” The Nest Wellness Studio owner and instructor Carolyn Ripp said.

About 20 people, including kids ages 3-11, gathered at the park Monday, Aug. 9, to learn poses and enjoy relaxation during a kids yoga class organized by the Cloquet Public Library.

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Maya Michelle Menze, 5, practices Butterfly Pose during a kids yoga class Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet. Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal

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During the 30-minute class, Ripp guided her young students through a variety of poses, including Child's Pose, Downward-Facing Dog and Cobra Pose.

Ripp also moved the young yogis off the concrete and to the cooler grass and shade of the trees for a short relaxation exercise, which Finley Holz, 11, said was his favorite part of the class.

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Finley Holz, 11, left, practices Prayer Pose as Carolyn Ripp concludes a kids yoga class Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet. Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal

Ripp highlighted the importance of yoga’s calming effects in addition to the added strength and flexibility a practice can bring, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This pandemic has been overwhelming to all of us,” Ripp said. “It’s been wonderful to give kids the tools to calm themselves with breath.”

Ripp has experience instructing young people about yoga. Previously, she had a two-year grant to work with Cloquet Middle School health and physical education teachers to develop a unit about yoga.

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Ben Lambert, 3, practices Prayer Pose during a kids yoga class Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet. Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal

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Jack Lambert, 6, attempts a stretch during a kids yoga program Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet. Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal

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Brock Anderson, 7, tries a pose during kids yoga Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Veterans Memorial Park in Cloquet. Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal

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Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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