A potential limitation not mentioned by Steiner et al. (2013) could be the validity of teacher responses. With a class of likely anywhere between 20 and 30 children, how detailed are the teacher responses to questions about 1 child in particular? Teachers are often overworked and underpaid, so individual students rarely get one-on-one attention. Do teachers truly notice specific changes in behavior inquired about in the assessment during teaching? To improve the study, I suggest classes are filmed for a time prior to the intervention process and during the intervention process for teachers to watch so that they can accurately recall in detail how student behaviors have changed. Steiner et al. (2013) ultimately conclude that offering a yoga-based program in a school setting would be a feasible was to support students with EBDs. This does appear highly reasonable, however, the small sample size hinders the validity of the results. Age is highly likely to influence a student’s understanding of the benefits of the program, and may thus
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ARTICLE REVIEW AND ANALYSIS 13 influence the student-based results of the experiment. Social Application of Findings and Personal Reflection This study can be applied to my personal life in a variety of ways. First of all, as a person that has non-medically diagnosed anxiety, I have always looked for ways to relieve my symptoms, especially in school-related areas. Perhaps if I’d had an opportunity to do yoga in elementary school, I wouldn’t have the, at times crippling, anxiety I have today. Secondly, I wish to become a parent someday, and if my child has an EBD, I’ll want to know different ways that I can help them. The concept of needing a coping strategy to reduce anxiety in seen in various aspects of society today, predominately teenagers. It’s been proven that today’s teenagers have higher stress levels than those of patients in psychiatric wards of the 1950s (http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2000/12/anxiety.aspx). Between increasing pressures of school work, the expectation to have a social life, and the ever-increasing judgement of peers, it is no wonder students have such elevated emotional distress. Teenagers today need something to help them clear their minds and enable them to think rationally, and yoga might just be the solution.