As an educator you have most likely witnessed first hand the improvements in the mood and behavior of students following a school yoga session. However anecdotal evidence is often insufficient to convince administrators and other teachers to adopt a school-yoga program. You may have wondered, what are the underlying mechanisms that explain the benefits of yoga for children and adolescents in the school setting? And how can I explain this to my colleagues?
Yoga 4 Classrooms has made available to you an invaluable resource to answer this question and many more. In your pursuit of bringing yoga to more students, we hope that you may find useful our FREE “Research Repository: Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness for Children, Adolescents and in Schools.” The research on yoga in schools has grown exponentially in the last few years and while preliminary results prevent us from generalizing conclusions, scientists are beginning to understand the psycho-physiological underpinnings of why students benefit from school yoga interventions. And, from that, we can begin to make evidence-based connections to how and why yoga can support school goals as it promotes wellness of the whole child.
The research suggests that school-based yoga cultivates competencies in mind-body awareness, self-regulation, and physical fitness. Taken together, these competencies may lead to improvements in students’ behavior, mental state, health, and academic performance. As well, teacher resilience, effectiveness and overall classroom climate is improved.
Yoga develops Mind-Body Awareness, promotes stress resilience and the formation of healthy habits.
With the intention of providing a FREE, helpful resource for educators, schools, program providers, researchers and others interested in the body of evidence supporting yoga and mindfulness for children, adolescents and in schools, Yoga 4 Classrooms and ChildLight Yoga founder, Lisa Flynn, and Bethany Butzer, PhD, partnered to compile a comprehensive research repository. This organized reference list of peer-reviewed published studies and research reviews provides links to abstracts and full-text publications when available. This repository will be updated quarterly.