Online Program

Kripalu Yoga in Schools A Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum for Adolescents


Mental health issues in adolescents are an escalating national crisis and unmanaged stress is linked to a variety of adolescent challenges, specifically depression and anxiety. Research performed by Kripalu, in conjunction with Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reveals that yoga can be a profound vehicle for cultivating adolescents’ stress resilience, self-acceptance, and their ability to self-regulate. Learning these skills and tools is critical for this generation’s well-being and future. 

Join us for this brand new online training which provides 

  • An effective, CASEL-endorsed (2013 Guide) Social and Emotional Learning Program (SEL) 
  • A scientifically validated yoga curriculum appropriate for middle and high school physical education and health classes, extracurricular settings, community centers, yoga studios, and more
  • Faculty with 40+ years combined experience pioneering the yoga in schools movement 
  • Practical guidance on how to effectively partner with schools, nonprofits, after-school programs, and other organizations serving teens
  • Developmentally appropriate lesson plans outlining the introduction of postures, breathing and relaxation techniques; and key yoga concepts
  • An exploration of the teen experience through role-playing, discussion, and lectures on adolescent development
  • Opportunities for collaborative learning and separate breakouts to hone your skills in the classroom or on the yoga mat 
  • Resources to help you hit the ground running and successfully implement this program in your own community.  

In addition to the scheduled online training sessions, each student will be required to complete 3–5 hours of homework assignments each week in between program sessions. 

Admissions Criteria 
This training—open to educators, social workers, youth workers, clinicians, school teachers, counselors, and yoga teachers—is also part of Kripalu’s 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program. Hours completed can be counted towards Kripalu’s 1000-hour teacher certification if you are matriculating in that program.  

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are proud to offer partial scholarships for select Kripalu School trainings. More information about the scholarship application process will be provided after acceptance into the training. Please email with any questions.

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Janna Delgado, E-RYT 1000, Kripalu faculty member and curriculum developer for the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools program, is a facilitator and trainer for RISE, an evidence-based program in conscious leadership.

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Iona M. Smith, MEd, CYT 500, a yoga educator focused on bringing mindful resilience to those who need it most, is a Kripalu RISE™ facilitator and a Program Leader for Kripalu Yoga in the Schools.

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Heidi McCanlies is a Kripalu faculty member and experienced educator with more than a decade of Pilates and yoga instruction.

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