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Yoga is keeping Bilo teens calm

DE-STRESS TIME: Biloela teen Ana Baldonado learnt some strecthes to help her de-stress at a yoga class on Monday,  organised by a girls group.
DE-STRESS TIME: Biloela teen Ana Baldonado learnt some strecthes to help her de-stress at a yoga class on Monday, organised by a girls group.

ANA Baldonado felt calm and relaxed as she walked out of the Biloela Anglican Church Hall on Monday afternoon.

The teenager had just completed a yoga session, part of the girls' group, an initiative of Anglicare.

“It calmed me down and took away stress,” the 13-year-old said.

Ana, who went with two friends to the class that taught teens how to de-stress as exams approach, said it would help her to deal with assignments as well.

Anglicare Rural Youth Worker Hanna Atherstone, who runs the girls' group, said she was still sore from the yoga workout on Wednesday afternoon.

“But I feel so much lighter,” Hanna said of the one-hour session.

Ana, of Brazilian heritage, said she was not as sore as Hanna as she also did running for exercise, along with jumping on the trampoline.

Hanna said the yoga session was aimed to benefit the girls that attended to deal with not only the stress of exams but everyday stress, by showing them some stretches.

“Let's do something new and de-stress for exams.”

The girls' group meets weekly, aimed at girls aged 12 - 25, with various activities.

“I like to have the group learn new things and do different activities,” the youth worker said.

With Monday being a pupil-free day, Hanna will be doing some cooking at the Community Resource Centre in Rainbow Street from midday.

She said they would be making Vegemite tart, but was unsure if the new Vegemite would get a run.

Ana, in year 8 at Biloela High School, said she didn't know much about cooking but wanted to learn.


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