"Imagine a school without a timeout room. A school where kids are not banished to the hallway for misbehavior. A world where kids as young as 3 recognize when they need to Take 5 and get in control of their feelings and frustration without disturbing or hurting anyone else.
Eleven years ago, Sheila Palmquist, owner of Lincoln Yoga Center and a parent, began to notice how children were sent to the hallway, the office or a special isolation room when they "lost it" at school. She listened as they told her they “were bad,” “stupid” and “hated.
Sheila Palmquist created TAKE 5 -- a yoga course for kids as young as 6. The premise is simple -- teach children yoga-based breathing practices, concentration techniques, exercises/movements and conflict-resolution skills allowing them to quell the inner turmoil in just five minutes.
The program was the focus of a study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln on development of children’s cognition and attention, focusing in part on how yoga can improve attention in preschool-age and elementary-age children.
Take 5 also is part of Lincoln Parks and Recreation’s summer programming. Last year 800 youth learned the techniques.
Since then, Palmquist has trained teachers, parents, counselors and anyone else interested in the techniques, so they in turn can teach the skills to students. Palmquist also visits schools and kids programs, leading youngsters in yoga lessons for self control, self-awareness and inner calm. Take 5 is based on five 5-minute exercises that allow youth to choose the best way to handle their stress."