(possible *spoiler* alert) In last night’s episode of Glee, Mr. Shue was enlisted to teach the HS football team how to dance. What? Young QB and Glee member, Finn, read about NFL legend Walter Payton’s dance history, and concluded that that was exactly what the team needed to improve their moves on the field. And it worked! As evidenced above in the hilarious end zone rendition of Beyonce’s “Singles Ladies” featuring the football team and new fancy kicker Kurt. (Kanye was not present).
The boys can move! It was a funny episode and rather coincidental considering now that Yoga is not too wussy for high school or football.
Not too long ago we congratulated the footballers of Santa Monica High School for joining team Non-Wussy Yoga! Today we’re delighted to welcome the students of neighboring Santa Cruz High School, who now have yoga as an option for phys. ed. credits.
“It’s awesome that first thing in the morning you get to stretch out,” said senior Ben Damon, 17, who plays football, basketball and baseball. “Afterward, you’re like, Oh my God, bring on the day!’”
Yeah man, high five! Plenty of pro-athletes are practicing yoga so why not high schoolers? Besides the physical stretching and prehabilitation aspects, yoga provides a much needed space for teens to release, and frankly for some, a reason to be excited about dragging themselves out of bed in the early morn,
“It’s easier to wake up for school when you’re not thinking about calculus,” Damon said.
Totally. We obviously went to high school and college at completely the wrong time. It’s awesome a variety of students (angsty teens!), including jocks, are interested in yoga. We also have to give a major fist bump to the school administrators and teachers who are looking out for the kids and put yoga on the curriculum. A+ guys.