Yoga 4 Classrooms®

Tools for learning. Lessons for life.

Become a Y4C School

Simple, Affordable, Sustainable

As of Fall 2013, Yoga 4 Classrooms has directly served an estimated 5,000 school children in nearly 50 schools via the 10-week in-classroom residency and/or training for the entire school staff!

In addition, over 1000 educators have been trained privately by attending the Y4C Professional Development Workshop (on location or online) designed to give them the tools to share yoga and mindfulness-based activities in their own classrooms from year to year.

That amounts to an estimated 22,000 children reached each year!

How to Become a Y4C School?

Yoga 4 Classrooms consists of four essential components for schools that work synergistically to ensure program effectiveness and long-term sustainability:

» Staff Development Workshop
» Classroom Residency
» Parent Education
» Adult yoga classes for the school staff held on-site

Though the program is quite cost-effective, we do understand that school budgets are tight. Please note that we offer a grant writing tool and will provide ideas for other means of funding.

Interested in becoming a Y4C School? Contact Us.

Why Become a Y4C School?

The goal of Y4C is cultivation of positive development through a set of mental skills central to the aims of education in 21st century: self-regulation, prosocial dispositions, positive attitude towards academic success and development of mastery.

According to the Consortium on the School-Based Promotion of Social Competence (1994), “Schools are widely acknowledged as the major setting in which activities should be undertaken to promote students’ competence and prevent the development of unhealthy behaviors. In contrast to other potential sites for intervention, schools provide access to all children on a regular and consistent basis over the majority of their formative years of personality development” (p. 278).

Elementary schools in particular are preferred institutions for primary prevention programs as they provide the hypothesized “windows of opportunity” for the developing brain, mind, and social environments.  In line with guiding principles of positive psychology and neuroscience, Y4C postulates moving beyond a preoccupation with repairing weaknesses and deviations, to prevention, and further to enhancement of existing positive qualities and strengths in the earliest stages of child development. Learn more about scientific research supporting Y4C program and Educational Standards Alignment.

Y4C should be part of every school curriculum - the benefits are immediate and also long lasting. This is a true gift you are giving to kids and school communities.

–D. Springfield,
Parent of a Grade 1
and Grade 3 Student

"Yoga 4 Classrooms seems to be the missing link our schools need to bring all types of learners together.  Present, grounded and ready to learn!"

- J Gauer, ADHD Coach

"The techniques in Y4C are like a gift...for my students and myself."

- K Kinneen,
Classroom Teacher

"Our goal is to create opportunities for kids to be successful. This program teaches kids to let go of things — stress, anxiety — and move on. Math and reading are important, but students need these life skills as well.” 

 - Peterborough
Elementary School Principal

"I believe Y4C is a great program that will holistically change the overall health and wellness of my classroom and eventually the entire school."

- 1st grade assistant teacher, Washington DC

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