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Russell Simmons: Meditation in Chicago schools will help curb violence

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons has called out Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He said that yoga or meditation should be taught in Chicago Public Schools to calm students down and help fight crime.

"Yeah, I'll take it...cuz' it'll relax our minds, cuz' now a days all they want to do is fight," said a high school senior.

"We don't really need it because we're starting to calm down a little, so I don't think our school really need it," said another student.

"I think yoga should be another option for everybody," a student added.

Simmons said that he started yoga 20 years ago, and that it's not just deep breaths and stretching; it's a form of discipline for focusing and connecting the mind, body and spirit. He said the practice of "stillness" could reduce crime in Chicago.

In the 2011-12 school year, two dozen CPS students were killed and 319 others were wounded by gunfire. But none of those shootings happened on the school grounds.

What Simmons doesn't know is that ‘mindful' classroom management skills are already being utilized at 70 schools in Chicago.

One CPS teacher told FOX 32 News that she's noticed a difference in schools that offer meditation. There have been fewer fights and arguments, a better focus, and increased self-awareness and self-esteem in some students.

However, in schools across the country, yoga is being challenged by critics claiming it violates the separation of church and state.

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