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"The Yoga Service Best Practices Guide is the an invaluable resource for educators bringing yoga into school settings to promote positive student outcomes. Drawing upon what we know about child development and developmentally appropriate practice, the book offers clear guidance on how best to teach yoga to children and teens in school settings. I highly recommend this book."
 -- Patricia Jennings, Professor at UVA Curry School of Education, author of Mindfulness for Teachers

"This is a remarkable effort; a sage, inspiring, pragmatic and well presented manual of best practices for every one seeking to provide "safe, effective, inclusive, and sustainable" yoga classes in schools.  The collective wisdom and experience is immediately apparent."
-- John Kepner, Executive Director: International Association of Yoga Therapists

"This is a thoughtful, well researched guide that should be an essential read for anyone wanting to bring yoga to schools. I'm so excited that the Yoga Service Council has been able to create a resource of this caliber using a collaborative model that leaves room for individual styles and philosophies. This is exactly what the field of yoga service needs- agreed upon best practices that unify all the great work already being done."
-- Hala Khouri, M.A. E-RYT, Co-founder Off the Mat, Into the World, Somatic Counselor, Yoga Teacher and Mother

"As a principal and superintendent I have implemented yoga programs in urban and suburban schools and have witnessed the success with students of all ages. Academics increase and off task behavior decreases with every yoga breath students take. Best Practices for Yoga in Schools is a great resource to start a yoga program in your school."
-- Cynthia Zurchin, Superintendent of Schools, author of The Whale Done School


"Best Practices for Yoga in Schools is a must have for anyone teaching or considering teaching yoga and mindfulness in a school setting. The book synthesizes an incredible body of knowledge and gives specific guidance in how to create effective programs that have lasting impact. I wish I had had this resource 20 years ago."
-- Mariam Gates, Director of Kid Power Yoga and author of Good Night Yoga: A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story and Good Morning Yoga: A Pose by Pose Wake Up Story

About the Author

The Yoga Service Council (YSC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2009 at the Omega Institute. Our mission is to maximize the effectiveness, sustainability, and impact of individuals and organizations working to make yoga and mindfulness practices equally accessible to all.

Traci Childress, Editor, is cofounder and former executive director of the Children's Community School in West Philadelphia, where mindfulness is a core component of the curriculum for children and teachers at the school. She also is creator of the Mindful Reflection Project, and offers workshops to parents, care providers, teachers, and yoga communities.

Jennifer Cohen Harper, Editor, is dedicated to making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to all children. She is founder of Little Flower Yoga, and the School Yoga Project, directly serving over 3000 NYC school children a week, and many more through a network of over 500 trained teachers. Jenn is vice president of the Yoga Service Council, and author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Yoga Service Best Practices Guide
  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: YSC-Omega Publications; 1 edition (October 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692564713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692564714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent guide, as it has what for me are exactly the three most important elements a book like this should have:

1. sound and practical suggestions based on extensive experience
2. solid research base
3. a non-prescriptive approach that allows the people on the front lines to be interacting with their location and target audience - whether the administration, the parents or the kids themselves - in the most authentic way possible based on what is actually happening, rather than feeling like the suggestions don't fit the reality of the circumstances in which they are working.

a thorough, well-written and well researched guide written with heart and discernment. Well worth the read for anyone working in this field, and I look forward to future guides written in the same spirit by these authors.
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Having taught youth in schools for years I have needed a resource to recommend to others beginning to share yoga in schools and similar settings and I am delighted that this book is now available. This best practices guide is written by very experienced leaders serving the nation's youth with yoga programs in schools. With a straightforward mission to ensure that others share yoga in schools with professional standards this much-needed text is a great resource for anyone sharing yoga with youth, even in non-school settings. Young people around the world need not only physical activity but also methods for self-soothing, self-coping, self-healing, and self-empowerment. Yoga is a perfect, portable, low cost addition to any school program that is highly effective. This books a really welcomed resource.
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As a medical professional and an RYT & RCYT, yoga instructor certification for special needs and adaptative yoga, I was particularly interested in this white paper. I hold a CA teaching credential and our city was one of the first in the nation to offer yoga in public schools. I was very impressed by the content and would highly recommend that anyone,or organization ,considering introducing yoga into their school system read and utilize the information contained prior to creating their proposal. This is the first white paper to be presented for Yoga in Schools.
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This white book changes the landscape of yoga in schools. As a collaboration of the leaders in the field, this comprehensive resource book acts as a guide for teachers, parents, and yoga teachers who are introducing yoga and mindfulness to children in schools. As a former primary school teacher, I can appreciate the value of communicating the expectations of our education system while navigating its regulations to ensure that we provide the best possible care and education to all children. These are exciting times as the extraordinary benefits of yoga are being integrated into our school system.
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