What is Yoga Education?
While our mission at Yoga Ed. is to empower change in education, how we seek this change is through yoga.
It’s at the core of everything we do at Yoga Ed., from the way we educate, to the tools and resources we share. However, with so many different definitions and perceptions of yoga out there, we’ve come to realize that it’s important to define just what yoga means to us, and how it’s implemented through our programs and curriculum. So, what is the yoga in Yoga Ed.?
Yoga = Union
One common definition of yoga is “union.” For Yoga Ed., this union comes into play through the joining of physical poses and breathing techniques. This is what’s known as hatha yoga, and is what most people think of when they think of a yoga practice. Hatha yoga involves the physical exercise of moving through different types of yoga poses, while maintaining awareness and control of breath. Taken together, the breath and movement create a flow that leads people through the yoga class seamlessly.
Our hatha yoga practice is backed by a firm evidence-base.
Grounded in anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience, and taught through a lens of child development, our curriculum is created to optimize the physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits that yoga can bring to children and teens. By understanding how children grow and learn, we believe that we can develop tools to best support their academic achievement and success, in conjunction with their overall health and wellness.
What About Mindfulness?
While Yoga Ed. is not exclusively a mindfulness program, we do teach some of the fundamental principals of mindfulness within the context of our yoga classes. Through breath and movement, students cultivate self-awareness, curiosity, and non-judgment, learning to tune into the various sensations, thoughts, and emotions that may arise from moment to moment during a class.
However, as students practice these mindfulness techniques, they’re also cultivating the physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits that come from yoga as a whole, particularly as a form of physical activity.
Plus, because our curriculum meets National Standards for P.E., the physical element to our programs is important. More than ever, children and teens need tools to support their health and wellness, and we believe that yoga can provide a safe, accessible, and non-competitive option for children and teens to be active for the long run.
Our Guiding Principles
At Yoga Ed., we’re committed to creating safe and respectful yoga classes, resources, and tools to cultivate health and wellness in children and teens. In order to do so, we adhere to guiding principles which set best practices for yoga programs, while not intending to supersede the policies and values of any individual, yoga studio, school, or other organization. We agree to uphold the following Guiding Principles:
We conduct ourselves in a professional and conscientious manner.
We teach Hatha Yoga, which includes breathing exercises, yoga poses, yoga-based games, and yoga relaxation.
We provide yoga to promote health and wellness of children and teens.
We call yoga poses by English names that do not have religious connotations and maintain secularism in all programs and resources.
We acknowledge the limitations of their skills and practice and, where appropriate, refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment or direction.
We value diversity and demonstrate this by respecting all participants regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
We respect the rights, dignity and privacy of all students.