Created in schools, for schools.
Yoga Ed.’s story begins at a South Central Los Angeles charter school in 1999. Nested in the LA nucleus of crime, poverty, and riots, the Accelerated School faced a growing need for students to learn life skills that could extend beyond the school walls and promote health in other areas of their life.
The growing need inspired philanthropist and long-time yoga practitioner Tara Guber to found Yoga Ed. at the Accelerated School. Dedicated to developing a wellness program to effectively improve the school’s health, Tara mustered an enthusiastic group of yoga educators to create a yoga curriculum that fosters school fitness and equips young learners with tools to effectively approach life challenges. The program was a phenomenal success.
“The benefits of yoga are unquestionable. Among our students, we have seen improvement in overall fitness, body, and health awareness, stress management, concentration, focus, schoolwork, respect and self-confidence,” raves Kevin Sved, co-director of the Accelerated School. “We see yoga as a positive and valuable factor in maintaining the high level of academic achievement we expect at our school.”
Fueled by the success of the pilot program, Yoga Ed. has evolved with the intention to reach more schools, more educators, more parents, and more students. Together, we are changing education through the practice of yoga.