Teaching Yoga to children is a fulfilling but challenging journey, particularly in poverty-stricken urban school districts. The physical, mental, and emotional impact of poverty on children has serious implications for their academic achievement. Introducing Yoga as part of their regular school experience shows tremendous potential for helping students navigate challenges that interfere with learning. This article helps teachers and therapists understand the experience of providing yoga and mindfulness programs in urban elementary schools and provides specific information on ways to ensure successful program implementation, including a sample class description, activity instructions, and best practices in training teachers and teaching.
Little Flower Yoga is one of the founding members of The Yoga Service Council, an organization dedicated to using the tools of yoga to foster joy, resilience, and well being in every person regardless of circumstance so that all communities can thrive. Our mission is to support individuals and organizations to best serve and empower their communities through yoga.
As yoga, mindfulness and meditation continue to demonstrate the capacity to heal, inspire, reduce stress and improve health in widely diverse settings, the yoga community has come together to support the work of expanding access to these transformational practices.
The Yoga Service Council was formed in 2009 at The Omega Institute by a group of organizations bringing yoga to underserved populations. As we worked to support each other, exchange ideas and envision the future, a collaboration was sparked that has made all of our efforts stronger and more intentional.
Each year the membership of the YSC grows, and our capacity to serve grows with it. We meet every May through the generosity of Omega to exchange best practices, discuss how to expand access, and infuse our programs with renewed energy and inspiration.
The mission of the YSC is to support individuals and organizations to best serve and empower their communities through yoga and mindfulness. Our members currently bring these practices to tens of thousands of people: veterans, trauma survivors, incarcerated adults and teens, cancer survivors, at-risk children, domestic violence survivors, but there are many millions more to serve.
Through our collaboration we seek to support those on this path of service, so that we can all remain open, nonjudgmental, informed, educated, & self reflective in our work.
Click Here to learn about the first annual Yoga Service Conference, being held in May 2012 at The Omega Institute.