TORONTO –The parents of five-year-old Zara and two-year-old Marley have turned to yoga to counter the signs of distress the girls developed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their mother, Vanessa Moniz, says yoga has helped the girls deal with anxiety amid the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic.
"They are more anxious when we go out and do things, and when we are getting close to people makes them a bit anxious," Moniz told CTV National News.
Since taking up yoga, either doing virtual classes or in-person when permitted, Moniz's daughters have told her that it makes them feel stronger and happier.
Moniz said the practice has taught the girls how to normalize emotions when they feel out of sorts.
"There's lots of changes and they need tools navigate," Moniz said. "They are not resilient just because they're resilient; they're resilient …