Yoga 4 Classrooms®

Tools for learning. Lessons for life.

Supporting Organizations and Centers

Yoga 4 Classrooms is anchored in well-validated evidence-based classroom pedagogies, developmental science, cross-sectional research in cognitive affective neuroscience, tenets of positive psychology and secular contemplative practices. 

Yoga 4 Classrooms draws on the scientific evidence suggesting the beneficial effect of social-emotional learning ( SEL) concepts, positive psychology, yoga and mindfulness on children’s psychological and physical development, learning readiness and healthy lifestyle. Learn more about research-related resources and Y4C pilot study.

A number of organizations, research centers and programs are striving to investigate and incorporate the benefits of positive holistic development and yoga-based principles and practices into our society, and especially into the school environment.

Some of the major agencies are listed below, although the list is far from all-inclusive. Learn about Y4C affiliations and partnerships with some of these renowned organizations and about Y4C Advisory Board.

Research Centers and Laboratories:

Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center
Kripalu Center and Khalsa Yoga Research Lab
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
Center for Mindfulness, in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (CFM), University of Massachusetts Medical School
Stanford University Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Lab
Penn University Positive Psychology Center
Penn Program for Mindfulness
Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA
Mindsight Institute
Mind and Life Education Research Network
Center On The Developing Child at Harvard University
Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiative
Yale Child Study Center
Emory University Collaborative for Contemplative Studies
National Center for Complimentary & Alternative Medicine
Niroga Institute

Educational Organizations and Centers:

International Association for School Yoga & Mindfulness (IASYM)
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Healthy Schools Program
Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Consciousness-Based Education Association
Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Mindfulness in Education Network
Association for Mindfulness in Education
Garrison Institute Contemplation and Education Initiative
Hawn Foundation MindUp Program
Mindful Schools
Mindfulness in Schools Project
Yoga Health Foundation

I have been working on my Masters for the last year. We are up to our big culminating action research project. I chose the type of project that allows you to explore something you're interested in for greater understanding. I chose Yoga because your program has been SO beneficial for my class and I'm very inspired to learn more about it!

–J. B., Grade 3 Teacher
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Action Research Paper

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