NBA FIT Live Healthy Week (Courtesy Kat Gaduco)
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Earlier this week, a couple of local athletes took a day off to host a group of children for a night of zen and yoga poses in Atlantic Station as a part of the NBA FIT initiative.
On Tuesday afternoon, Hawks forward Ivan Johnson and center Zaza Pachulia hosted a yoga class with about 40 children at Athleta during the annual NBA FIT Live Healthy Week.
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Johnson and Pachulia led the class which was comprised of children from the Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S) alongside Hawks yoga instructor Michelle Young.
Pachulia says his outside shot has improved since he started doing yoga.
"I hope the kids learn something today by doing yoga and that they keep using it. It benefits everyone."
Pachulia has been practicing yoga for about three years and Johnson for about a year and a half.
"Yoga keeps you young, from being injured and it stretches everything," Johnson said.
His favorite pose is downward dog, one of the most popular restorative poses.
NBA FIT is the league's ongoing health and wellness initiative. According to the league, the program encourages "physical activity and healthy living for children and families through grassroots programs and events."