Yoga 4 Classrooms®

Tools for learning. Lessons for life.

Who We Are

In 2007, while volunteering to teach yoga and mindfulness in a local elementary school, Lisa Flynn was inspired and challenged by the classroom teachers she encountered to create a yoga and mindfulness-based program focused on the whole child that would also be appropriate for the classroom setting. After three and a half years of research, development and test piloting, Yoga 4 Classrooms was born. 

Yoga 4 Classrooms has grown rapidly since then with hundreds of public as well as school in-service workshops being held in communities and schools across the U.S., as well as online. It's signature product, the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck, is successfully used in over 50,000 classrooms, homes and therapeutic settings worldwide. 

As the model continues to evolve, school teams are now empowered to lead school wide program integration through the IMPLEMENT Leadership Training which was developed to help ensure customized and sustainable implementation in schools. By providing training and resources to support sustainable, school wide implementation, we empower schools to meet improvement goals while preparing students for a lifetime of success.

 

Lisa Flynn, Founder & CEO

Lisa Flynn, E-RYT 500, RCYT is founded Yoga 4 Classrooms in 2009 with a mission is to empower youth with the skills they need to healthy, happy, resilient at school, at home and throughout their lives. Y4C provides professional development trainings and research and trauma-informed curricula, resources and consulting to school professionals, schools and related organizations that support the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children, youth and the adults who serve them. Yoga 4 Classrooms' sustainable program and products have been implemented in thousands of classrooms and schools worldwide with significantly positive outcomes.  

With a degree in Communication and an entrepreneurial spirit, Lisa had a 10-year career in marketing and business management before founding ChildLight Yoga in 2005. After growing the company for 15 years alongside Yoga 4 Classrooms, she passed the reins to new ownership in 2019.

Lisa is author of the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck (2011); Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children (2013); and Yoga for Children—Yoga Cards: 50+ Yoga and Mindfulness Activities for Kids (2018); and contributor to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools and Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field (2019). As well, she sponsors the Research Repository: Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness for Children, Adolescents and in Schools, a free resource for schools, program providers, researchers and others interested in the growing body of evidence supporting mindful practices in schools. Lisa also contributed to Effects of a classroom-based yoga intervention..., the first peer-reviewed and published research study to use subjective and objective data to examine the acute and longitudinal effects of a school-based yoga program.

Lisa is a national presenter, trainer and consultant working with schools and districts to sustainably implement yoga and mindfulness to support the unique needs of their school communities. Her work has been featured in notable media outlets such as Fox News, Education Week, Forbes, Yoga Journal, Greater Good, and Parents Magazine, among others. She has been honored with several business awards including "Influential Businesswoman of the Year" and "Small Business of the Year" for innovative contributions to the local and national community.

Closer to home, Lisa serves as a school board director for her local district in Southern Maine where she resides with her husband and teenage children. 

Our Trainers
Our Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainers include a diverse group of experienced current and former school professionals who have first hand expertise with the tremendously beneficial impact of yoga and mindfulness integration at school. Our trainers provide a variety of in-service trainings at schools and related presentations at professional conferences around the U.S.

Meet our Trainers.

Bethany Butzer, Research Advisor

Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. has been affiliated with Yoga 4 Classrooms for many years, first by collaborating with researchers at UMass Lowell to publish a peer-reviewed research study on the effects of the Y4C curriculum on perceived behavior and cortisol concentrations in 2nd and 3rd graders. She also collaborated with Lisa Flynn to co-write several articles on the scientific evidence supporting yoga and mindfulness in schools, as well as compile a comprehensive, free research repository which includes an organized reference list of peer-reviewed, published studies and research review articles on yoga and meditation for youth. 

Bethany received her Ph.D. in psychology in 2008 from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.  She recently spent 2.5 years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where she studied the effects of yoga in school settings. She is also an author, speaker, researcher, and yoga teacher who helps people create a life they love. Most of Bethany’s research and teaching focuses on positive psychology, which emphasizes the development of human strength and potential. 

Bethany currently lives in Prague where, in addition to serving as Y4C's research advisor, she teaches a positive psychology course and continues to research yoga and meditation for youth.

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With Gratitude


Many individuals have contributed to the ongoing development, success, reach and impact of Yoga 4 Classrooms. Classroom teachers, school principals and school counselors, school nurses, occupational therapists, yoga teachers, psychologists, social workers, researchers from the Department of Physical Therapy at UMass Lowell, and many others have provided input, feedback and guidance which has all contributed to the design of the program delivery model and curriculum.

Our deepest gratitude goes to former school Principal, Vicki Stewart, and the students and staff of Central Elementary School in South Berwick, Maine, for welcoming us into their classrooms from 2007 to 2010. Their feedback and encouragement during the 3-year pilot program were the inspiration to continue on to develop our program delivery model such that other school communities might benefit from implementation of Yoga 4 Classrooms.

It is so important for children to get in touch with themselves. Thank you for providing a program that gives teachers the tools to help them with that goal.

–S.A., Grade 3 Teacher

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