Our Best Practices
Introduce yoga programs to entire schools in "required" environments e.g. physical education classes, classrooms, morning convocations/meetings. Overlay programs such as yoga clubs, after school, yoga for athletes.
Utilize yoga programs to "enhance" curriculum rather than "being" the curriculum.
Build consensus with everyone--teachers, parents/guardians, students, administration, community, government, public safety.
Provide professional development to teachers prior to launching into entire school.
Empower classroom teachers to provide continuity through daily yoga postures including important breathing.
Regularly bring yoga experience to educators for important self-care and exposure to fresh classroom management tools.
Keep it secular so it the experience remains all inclusive. At the same time, using universal words in "yoga language" is exciting to children. Always check with your school first prior to teaching words like "Shantih"-peace, "Namaste"-"I see the good in you. You see the good in me. We see the good in each other."
Connect with everyone who can positively impact children. Community outreach is very important.
Move slow. Conduct pilot testing/small scale program first to optimize for each situation. Assess and then expand to larger scale.
Inspire others in the United States to begin their own yoga movements. If you are seriously considering starting a yoga movement and would like to join our family, please contact our founder, Debby Kaminsky. She believes in paying it forward and has openly shared her bylaws and wisdom with these new organizations--Atlanta Yoga Movement, Indy Yoga Movement and Michigan Yoga Movement.
Please enjoy viewing this incredible research repository of what has been done with kids yoga and meditation and outcomes. This was compiled by Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga and Bethany Butzer phD. Amazing. Download it now.
For a more comprehensive review of suggested "best practices" and how to create a succcessful and
sustainable yoga in schools program, we highly recommend buying "Best Practices for Yoga In Schools."
Newark Yoga Movement's founder is proudly one of the contributors.
Photo: Newark Yoga Movement
Photo: Lauren Rutten
Photo: Newark Yoga Movement
All schools and all children are not created equal.
Our model is one with "best practices" tailored based on the needs of both the school and its students. At Newark Yoga Movement we teach all children how to breathe so that they can learn important self-regulating techniques to use throughout life.
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"If you hadn't made me try yoga in PE class, I would have never tried it. I love it."
--9th grade female
Newark Yoga Movement yoga teachers bring Yoga to pre-K through 12th grade students in several Newark, NJ schools at least two times per month. Our program seamlessly integrates into each school's schedule. "Mirrors" or volunteers join certified yoga teachers at these classes for students to have an extra adult to follow. Educators help provide continuity. For more on volunteering or teaching or bringing
a yoga program to your school or event see Get Involved page.
We pride ourselves on being transparent which is why we share all we do and help others start their own yoga movements. In 2013 we helped launch Atlanta Yoga Movement and in 2014 Indy Yoga Movement and Michigan Yoga Movement with more yoga movements
in other citys starting soon.