Our School Services
- 10,000 educators, school counselors, OTs and other school professionals have attended our professional development workshops
- 150 schools across the nation have received in-service training
- 50 schools have one or more internal IMPLEMENT Leaders leading school wide implementation plans
- 20,000 classrooms worldwide use the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck
That amounts to an estimated 400,000 students reached each year!
Why become a Yoga 4 Classrooms School?
The goal of Yoga 4 Classrooms is to cultivate positive development of the whole child 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 the guiding principles of positive psychology and neuroscience, Yoga 4 Classrooms 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 the Y4C program and Educational Standards Alignment.
The focus of Yoga 4 Classrooms is to create
peaceful, learning-ready, productive classroom environments through the
systematic use of preventive mind-body tools grounded in yoga and
mindfulness practices. The Y4C curriculum is focused on physical, social,
emotional, and attentional self-regulating strategies and skills,
developed to systematically cultivate well-being, resilience and
Y4C provides the school with an easy-to-use, cost-effective, sustainable solution to improve students’ focus and readiness to learn, while positively transforming the school culture. Click here to learn more about our goals and objectives.
How can we become a Y4C School?
There are several implementation options and levels open to schools seeking improved educational outcomes, including the following:
- Schedule an In-Service Professional Development Workshop for your staff.
and / or
- Partner with a local Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer to lead school wide implementation involving in-service professional development workshop for the entire staff, the residency program to model the program in the classrooms, parent education component to involve families in the learning process, and even yoga or mindfulness classes for the adults in the school community. Watch this school created mini-documentary to hear from the students and staff of a Vermont school and their Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer.
and / or
- Send a school team to the IMPLEMENT Leadership Intensive to jump start staff led implementation with an eye on sustainability (you can also bring us to you to provide this level of training as in-service). Participation includes digital access to a growing online library of resources, materials and templates to support ongoing implementation of Y4C in your school. Read / Watch this article and video about an inner-city school in Des Moines who developed an internal IMPLEMENT Leader Team to lead school wide implementation with notable results.
and / or
- Utilize our school consulting services to develop and execute a plan specific to your school goals and schedule.
Though these options are quite cost-effective, we do understand that school budgets are tight. Please contact us for grant and fundraising ideas.
Interested in becoming a Yoga 4 Classrooms School but not sure which approach makes the most sense for you and your school?