The long breath teaches students to breath effectively. Breathing through an imaginary trunk stimulates the nasal passages, clearing mucus and other debris. Breathing deep into the belly activates proper diaphragmatic movement, which supports healthy digestive and respiratory function. Elephant’s Side Bend lengthens and strengthens the side body and spine through a lateral flection of the spine. It improves the range of motion in both the hip and shoulder joints as well. Elephants wisdom teaches students the importance of listening to one another in communication process and how important each of their senses are. It also encourages students to identify their gifts or talents, which improves self-worth, self-awareness and self- image.