Why Kids (and Adults) Need Yoga

Yoga teaches us about our bodies. When we practice the physical postures or exercises (called asanas), we learn how to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. These postures help our bodies become strong and flexible.

Yoga teaches us how to breathe better. When we breathe deeply and fully (called pranayama) and become more aware, we can bring peacefulness or energy to our bodies.

Yoga teaches us how to use our energy more effectively. When we practice yoga, we learn how to use the life force energy in our bodies (called prana) to feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated.

Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind. When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.

"Yoga creates children who are bright lights in this world, increasing their self-awareness and strengthening their bodies."  ~ Shakta Kaur Khalsa      

In-School YOGA Residency Program

Our In School Yoga Program intends that we share the joys of yoga with as many students as possible. Yoga truly is for every one and for every body. After all, our bodies are the only place we have to live. Yoga imparts life long, essential tools for children to use their body, hearts and minds to live and learn to their fullest potential.

Yoga provides two things children desperately need: physical fitness and emotional nourishment. It provides children with the skills to be calm, compassionate, strong and resilient.  The National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) recommends that children should participate in activities that support the development of the whole child; yoga provides a profound impact on education, violence prevention and improved public behavior. Yoga lessons translate both on and off of the mat. 

Implement yoga into your school in a simple, low cost format. Our In School Residency Programs offer a proactive behavioral intervention to help meet the physical, emotional and mental health needs of students.   

This integrative approach to wellness consists of core practices and strategies to promote self-regulation, focus, attention and connection to others. The use of breathing techniques, yoga-based movement, social/emotional learning activities and guided relaxation supports students as they learn to manage emotions, transitions and reduce anxiety.

This holistic approach supports learning and student achievement. Educators will also benefit through the use of these integrative tools both personally and professionally.

Residency Components

The K-12 in-classroom component of each residency program is implemented over a 6-10 week schedule. Each class consists of a 45-minute lesson, which can be held once, twice, or even three times per week. Each class will be age appropriate and directed toward the specific needs of the overall group and school.

  • Teachers will be provided an overview of the residency format at the end of the in-classroom workshop. Teachers will also complete a pre-residency survey at this time. 
  • Teachers and students in each classroom are led in a 30-minute demonstration so that they may continue yoga practices within the classroom. 
  • Specific curriculum/presentation of information is grade-level appropriate. It is optional that the curriculum can be related to Common Core State and NC Essential Standards and co-created with their classroom teacher. 
  • Classroom teachers participate in a brief follow-up meeting at the conclusion of the residency, providing an opportunity to for review, additional questions, feedback and support, as well as to complete the post-residency survey.
  • Contact with school is maintained throughout the remainder the school year so that follow up meetings can be scheduled if necessary. A final year-end survey is completed by staff and collected. A follow up report is provided to school administration at year's end (or at time deemed appropriate). 

Learning Objectives

    Improved overall health
    Increased strength and flexibility
    Improved body image
    Better sleep quality 
    Improved executive function
    Improved focus and attention skills
    Increased engagement
    ​Better sensory integration  
    ​​Improved emotional regulation
    Greater self confidence
    Increased resilience
    ​Decreased stress and anxiety
    ​Greater compassion & empathy
    Improved communication skills
    Increased leadership skills
    Reduced bullying
    Greater sense of community & safer school climate