Yoga & Mindfulness
Skills to Enhance Learning
YES yoga & mindfulness instruction supports core learning standards, including those established by CASEL and NAEYC.
YES yoga & mindfulness classes accommodate all learners (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) through multi-sensory activities.
YES offers differentiated learning experiences to meet the unique developmental needs of all students, including those with ADD/ADHD and autism.
YES programs emphasize social-emotional learning and mindful decision-making, the platform on which children develop executive functioning skills, cognitive growth, and the skills necessary to thrive as resilient, life-long learners.
YES enhances learning efficacy by improving body control and awareness, physical strength and flexibility, mental clarity and focus, and self-control and self-regulation.
YES works with the whole school community, including students, educators, counselors and parents.
YES is partnered with educational institutions, academic foundations, research institutes and the area’s foremost yoga studios to serve schools in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
YES client schools report many benefits, including:
- More positive school environments, increased staff retention, collaboration and support and better student academic outcomes;
- Improved focus and concentration, stress management, emotional regulation and engagement in learning;
- Greater resilience and self care; and
- Improved climate of respect, compassion and peace.
Why Yoga Education for Schools?
YES programs are led by Yoga Educators skilled in both yoga and educational systems, with specialized training in children’s yoga.
YES instructors undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks as well as CPR & First Aid training. Many are also VIRTIS certified.
YES curriculum is a structured, developmental-based series of breathing exercises, yoga, experiential activities, relaxation, & mindfulness techniques tailored to the unique needs of each client.
No prior yoga experience or special equipment needed.
FREE needs evaluation and expert coaching support provided for program implementation.Say YES to healthier, happier living & learning for your schoolcommunity with Yoga Education for Schools
RESEARCH SHOWS. . .
“The earlier we learn to deal with our stress, the better our health will be as adults.”
Dr. Reed Moskowitz, Stress Disorders Clinic, NYU Medical Center
The physiological consequences of stress build up over years and decades. The Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University conducted a study that found that levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, decreased after a single session of yoga, even in first-time participants.
Reducing stress through Yoga Education for Schools can improve physical, social and emotional well-being within the school community, for children and adults.
Yoga can also be particularly beneficial for specialized populations, including children with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, autism, and behavior disorders.
An NIH study suggests yoga as an effective complementary treatment for boys being medically treated for ADHD. (Jensen, 2004)
Yoga taught within the high school curriculum directly enhances the learning environment and psychosocial well-being of students according to a 2012 study conducted by the Harvard University School of Medicine. (JDBP 33, 2012)