Mindfulness in elementary education may be a cost-effective way to improve executive function and enhance children's socio-emotional, cognitive and academic development. - Journal of Applied School Psychology 2010
Yoga training improved executive functions in a 2011 study, while physical training without mindfulness produced no executive function improvement. - Science 2011
Mindfulness practice is associated with reduced distress, anxiety and behavioral reactivity, and improved self-awareness and sleep among youth. - Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 2010
Students who practice mindful breathing reported that they were better able to focus, relax, reduce anxiety before taking a test, & make better decisions when in conflict. - Journal of Applied School Psychology 2005
As a means of providing a unified mind/body experience, yoga has few equals. The combination of deliberate movement and inner-directed attention can be quite powerful. - Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 2009
Today’s students face tremendous pressure to achieve within a world that is often overwhelming. The tools of yoga and mindfulness offer proven methods of developing the inner resilience needed to navigate physical, mental and emotional stress. Bringing these practices to your school or community organization is a simple way to support making your students’ lives healthier, and can increase their capacity to learn effectively, manage challenging emotions, self-regulate behavior, and achieve personal and academic success.
The School Yoga Project offers a unique program combining yoga and mindfulness practices in a straightforward and intentional way. Our approach incorporates ﬁve key elements in each session: Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus and Relax. Within these elements students are taught fundamental life skills that are immediately available for daily use.
In New York City, Westchester County, and the surrounding region we offer both mat and desk based yoga and mindfulness classes for students, and professional development workshops for teachers and school staff. Classes for students include handout material for classroom teachers and parents, providing simple ways to reinforce learning on a daily basis. Our affiliate program is available nationwide and provides participants with our 30 week curriculum and consultation support.
We were proud to partner with GoNoodle this year to develop a series of short practice videos that are free for use in classrooms anywhere! Check out the Empower Tools Videos for 3-5 minute activities that you can practice in your classroom, and to get a small taste of what the School Yoga Project can offer your students.
Yoga and mindfulness classes for students, based on our proven curriculum and taught by engaging and experieced teachers. Classes are available before, during and after school, for 15-60 minutes each.
What You Can Expect From an SYP Class:
Workshop ranging from 75 minutes to 6 hours, giving your school staff the tools to integrate yoga and mindfulness into the daily lives of students, and to manage their own stress on the job. Help students maintain focus and concentration, reduce anxiety, regulate behavior, and become more engaged in learning. Help teachers navigate difficult moments in the classroom, reduce burnout, and improve staff wellness. No yoga experience, mats, or special equipment is needed.
There are many ways we can support bringing yoga and mindfulness to your school anywhere in the world. To find a teacher, you can check our Member Teacher Directory, or email us and we'll work to match you with one of our excellent Teacher Training graduates.
If you have a staff member or local teacher with yoga and mindfulness training, you may want to consider our Afﬁliate Program, which offers the opportunity for your staff to teach our comprehensive 30 week curriculum at your school. As an afﬁliate partner you will have access to the SYP curriculum, consultation support, and all future curriculum updates. You will have the conﬁdence of knowing that you are teaching an evidenced based program developed over many years of work in schools, and the credibility that comes with offering an established and well respected program.
Many schools have also elected to send staff members to one of our comprehensive Teacher Training Certification programs or Professional Development Workshops held in locations around the world. We also offer consultation support by phone, video chat, and in-person when possible.