My 9 year old daughter has been trying to get her school to start an after-school yoga program for a while now. The Principal is all for it, but they have not been able to find a teacher or approved volunteer who can teach it. The school especially would like to do this during standardized testing, to help students cope with the stress.
I am an elementary school principal and a certified yoga teacher. I conducted my dissertation research for my Ph.D. on yoga for attention of preschool students. I have given presentations at colleges and education conference explaining HOW to conduct yoga in the classroom to benefit students. It is essential and something we need in schools for our children.
Please look at Letusreason.org and it will explain better why Yoga in schools can not be taught there. As it says...Yoga is being used not just for physical excersize but for a religious practice. and belief system..and it violates the Constitution.Pure and simple.
Rachel - Longtime Sun Yoga
As a kids yoga teacher myself (in New York City), I'm looking for ways to expand and teach more children in the area. This article was super helpful and inspiring. I'm going to reach out to schools in my area once September arrives to see if they'd be interested in building a program with me. Thanks for this!
Agreed, Donna! Thank you. For more information about another well-organized and successful approach to integrating yoga in schools, please visit www.yoga4classrooms.com.
I have been teaching yoga in my high school since 2004. My students are amazing. Most classes are coed now as the boys have become interested.
I consider myself fortunate, I am a yoga instructor that has been teaching yoga as part of the physical education program at three schools in Canada. Breathing techniques, shavasana just to mention a few things help the students to focus and learn tools they will take with them into their adult life. I would like to see all schools incorporate yoga into the curriculum. Students and teachers benefit.
love this sharing had somepowerful tool to take into classroom and to students....as a mom I will use with my own children.
This is an interesting article but seems very money focused: get into schools and you'll get paid better. The point of teaching in schools is to share the benefits of yoga with all children. Also teaching in a school environment is NOT teaching a kids yoga class in a yoga studio - very different in fact with much wider variety of interests, abilities & motivations. For more information on teaching yoga in schools visit http://www.yogainmyschool.com
I do believe that the more children learn yoga, the fewer disabilites they will have in adulthood, reducing our overburdened medical system and insurance companies.