By Meg Agnew, SuEllen Hamkins, and Cindy L. Parrish It’s an observable phenomenon for girls in our current society to have strong “voices”—until the age of 11 or 12. Author Carol Gilligan and other social scientists have noted that, at this point in her life, a girl who previously was sure of herself, eager to […]
By Jane Rosen Two years before the end of my 36-year career as an educator, I started practicing yoga and sharing it with my fourth-grade class. In those two years, I saw the profound effects of yoga on my students’ learning, the emotional climate of my classroom, my interactions with students, my satisfaction with teaching, […]
Kat Olson, guest blogger One of the biggest perks of my yearlong internship with the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program (an initiative of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL)) is the fieldwork—going into our participating schools to interact with the kids, and working side-by-side with our amazing teachers and researchers. This past January, […]
Iona Smith, guest blogger
Like most of us, I would not want to relive my teenage years—unless I could do so knowing what I know now. Even so, I’ve been drawn to working with teenagers in my adult life. As a high school biology teacher back in my twenties and in my current role as a yoga educator in high schools, I’ve been able to pursue my passion for providing teenagers with tools for coping—tools I wish I’d had at their age.
Four years ago, I helped the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL) launch a pilot research study on how yoga affects teenagers. To date, we’ve found that our Yoga in the Schools program does indeed have beneficial effects on students’ resilience and ability to manage anger. As I head into my fifth year teaching yoga in a high school setting, I’m confident that I’m providing students with the wisdom and tools to help them navigate their teenage years in healthier, more skillful ways.