“Mindfulness and yoga have helped me and my students to learn to pause with a breath before taking action in order to become more responsive versus reactive.
My students and I have also learned to become comfortable with the present moment.”
Alessandra L., Educator & Yoga Teacher | Hawaii, USA
“Mindfulness and yoga have helped me and my students to connect with ourselves, family, friends, and the community in a deep, loving, and mindful way.”
Randy F., Educator | Hawaii, USA
“My favorite mindfulness tool is Chair Yoga.”
Mona D., Early Childhood Educator | Jakarta, Indonesia
“My purpose on this earth is to make a difference in the lives of children whom I teach.”
Kristin L., Special Education Teacher | Hawaii, USA
“My purpose on this earth is to heal, uplift, and inspire.”
Tamara R., Educator & Mindful Movement Coach | Michigan, USA
“Mindfulness and yoga have helped me and my students learn to pause:
Pause to breathe.
Pause to notice.
Pause before I speak.”
Aurora A., Educator | Hawaii, USA
“My favorite mindfulness tool is Ocean Breath.”
Ann H., Educator | Florida, USA
“I chose to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into my classroom because it has helped my students to calm down, take a little break, and become still and quiet.”
Lluvia Garcia, Educator | Nevada, USA
“I love the morning chair yoga videos! They help my students get mentally and physically ready for the day, especially after the weekend.”
Jessica U., Special Education Teacher | Hawaii, USA
“The best moment in my classroom this year was when my non-verbal student wanted to lead and another said, 'You do it. I will be your voice.'I cried tears of joy.
My students are now leading our daily yoga sessions [after a year of teacher-led classes]. This leading is huge because I teach a fully self-contained classroom for children with moderate to severe special needs.
It is just amazing to watch them lead, be each other's voice, and follow each other. In the beginning, yoga was a "hot mess" and I wasn't sure if it was making a difference for my students. But as a teacher, I knew yoga was making a big difference for me. With consistency, patience, daily practice, and guidance, I achieved more with my students than I ever imagined possible.
When I started Yoga Ed, I wanted to find ways to help my tiny learners self-regulate. What I achieved is so much greater!”
Janelle T., Parent | Hawaii, USA
“I knew I loved to teach kids, and I loved Yoga. But putting those two together is just genius.
It’s so much more than just “something fun” for the kids. It's understanding children’s brain development and how it’s connected to emotional and physical wellness.
It also taught me to be a better parent and practice patience.”
Project Peaceful Warriors | Louisiana, USA
“Having yoga in a school and during the day helps the process because it’s already safe. When the students feel safe and supported, it increases the yoga’s impact on the students because they’re more receptive. There is trust there.” - Chelsea Hylton, Executive Director
Crim Fitness Foundation | Michigan, USA
“These high school football players in Flint practice yoga every week with our partners at the Crim Fitness Foundation. Yoga helps them build strength, flexibility and resilience.
Really, we’re instilling the notion to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world,’ by building on the individual capacity to make a difference. People feel victimized to what’s around them.
But do they allow that dysfunction to paralyze and victimize them and eliminate hope? We provide tools to change perspective, minimize stress, and give them the opportunity to respond differently. We give people an opportunity to quiet the noise.” - Gerry Meyers, CEO
Tina M., Trainer | Jakarta, Indonesia
“I once taught a Professional Development Workshop to a school in a small rural area in East Java. Upon completion, one of the teachers shared with me that prior to the course she had no yoga experience. But after the training, she gained the confidence to practice yoga and will use the yoga tools from Yoga Ed. as her daily practice.
It’s these moments that remind me of the importance of this work in my country, and I know I am going to be doing this in Indonesia for a long time.”
Ann H., Educator | Florida, USA
“Mindfulness and yoga has helped me and my students to feel gratitude for the little things in our life that are right in front of us everyday.”
Jake G., Teacher | Hawaii, USA
“Yoga and mindfulness help me and my students regain mindfulness even during stressful situations. We focus on ourselves and calming down our bodies.” -
Hanako S., Trainer | Tokyo, Japan
“I feel that it is necessary for more adults to understand the benefits of kids yoga in order for children to benefit from kids yoga and use it in their lives.”
Jason Battung, PE Teacher | California, USA
“Yoga can support the healthy physical, mental, and emotional development of all students, not just athletes. Yoga can offer naturally occurring cross-curricular connections and social-emotional lessons to teenagers. This is the heart of what I do, and something I believe is the future of high school physical education.”
Joan N., Yoga Teacher | New York, USA
“Students benefit from yoga both physically and mentally. Physically they become stronger, more flexible, and healthier. Mentally they become more calm and can manage stress better. They learn to slow down and respond rather than react to stressful situations, which in turns helps them make better decisions.”
Angie K., Educator | South Jakarta, Indonesia
“I chose to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into my classroom because I had been to two workshops where it was practiced, and I really noticed an immediate difference in how I felt.
Mindfulness and yoga have helped me and my students get grounded in the start of class. For me, it is a great routine to not only settle the students, but also give them the opportunity to check in with themselves.”
Megan P., Social Worker | Texas, USA
“Yoga consistently provides a great outlet for students who are already active and need to release some energy. I hope [my students] learn the ability to feel an emotion, hold space for that emotion, and acknowledge the impermanence of that emotion.”
Ferozah M., Educator | Hawaii, USA
“There is a special connectedness within the Yoga Club, and the students know they can rely on me if they have a problem. Even though most of the members struggle with academics, when doing yoga, they have found self-confidence. It has been an honor to witness this transformation. Yoga has taught them that strength is not determined by your intelligence or body type, it comes from within and yoga has empowered these students to show up and push themselves past their limits.”
Cab B., Trainer | Birmingham, UK
“In order to be able to for me as a teacher to teach and my students to learn what I am teaching them, we need tools to support our physical, mental and emotional wellness throughout the day.
This is why I decided to become a Yoga Ed. Trainer. Yoga Ed. has given me a skill set, a tool belt, in a sense, to bring simple easy yoga and mindfulness tools to my classroom, for my students and myself to support our wellness throughout the day.”
Tiffany M., Homeschool Parent | Tennessee, USA
“I can see a positive difference in my children when they have already exercised their bodies and minds before we crack open a book to begin our work.”
Amanda L., Educator | Wisconsin, USA
“I believe and have seen this help them create more meaningful learning throughout the day. Having their yoga break allows them to absorb what they learned earlier in the day, and readies their mind for new learning after.”
Futuro Academy | Nevada, USA
“At Futuro Academy, mindfulness and yoga have been a critical part of our approach to wellness and health.”
Minds on Mats | Michigan, USA
“I aim to create positive school communities that support at-risk youth in decreasing toxic stress levels while increasing physical, social, emotional, and mental health. My [non profit organization’s] school yoga programs and teacher professional development are grounded in Yoga Ed.’s curriculum.
Yoga Ed. has been a wonderfully supportive network and has helped me learn and grow immensely in my work. Because of this partnership, I am able to train others to bring yoga and mindfulness to their work with children. This has helped me to serve many more children and teens than I would have been able to serve on my own.” - Candis Ogilvie, Executive Director
Tomomi O., Trainer | Tokyo, Japan
“Everyone has a different personality. The Yoga Ed. program has a lot of tools that can be applied to each person, so it can be used for childcare, work, and home care.”
Creekford Academy | Ontario, Canada
“We are eager to include yoga and its physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits into our program. This is one of many opportunities that we have to help children build skills for a lifetime of health and wellness.”
Regina C., Trainer | Perth, Australia
“With the support of Yoga Ed. I am on a personal mission to empower educators, parents, school communities and health professionals with the yoga and mindfulness tools they need to effectively improve the health and wellbeing of youth right here in Australia.
In just one short year I know I am making a difference. Marissa from John Curtin College of the Arts, Western Australia recently shared, ‘The yoga tools have changed my classroom and teaching experience and the kids are more focused. The tools will stay with me for the rest of my life.’”