About Yoga Calm
Curriculum, Community, Calling
In these days of ever-tightening budgets and rivaling mandates, Yoga Calm provides an economical and easy way to meet the needs of the whole child.
More than 20,000 teachers – as well as counselors, nurses, therapists and other helping professionals from around the world – have attended our trainings and use what they’ve learned to help more than 250,000 kids over the last 17 years.
Yoga Calm goes beyond physical poses to integrate mindfulness, movement and social-emotional learning.
Yoga Calm: Research Supported, Teacher Approved
Recent advances in neuroscience validate the importance of whole-child education – and challenge our current over-emphasis toward cognitive and pharmacological approaches in education and therapy:
- Physical movement has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, stimulate brain growth and neural connectivity (neuroplasticity), and improve cognition and academic achievement (Ratey, Sylwester). Patterned, relational, repetitive and rewarding moment practices are being recognized as more effective than cognitive approaches for children under stress and affected by trauma (Perry).
- Mindfulness research suggests that sustained practice can enhance attentional and emotional self-regulation and promote cognitive flexibility. Both staff and youth can receive significant benefits in both educational and therapeutic settings (Montgomery, Davidson, Chan, Poulin).
- Emotion is a powerful vehicle for enhancing or inhibiting learning. When individuals connect cognition and emotion and adopt a “meaning mind-set” – seeking connections, giving to others, orienting to a larger purpose – clear benefits can result, including improved psychological well-being, more creativity and enhanced work performance (Immordino-Yang and Damasio; Davidson; Myman, Mayer and Salovey).
- Imagination, positive thinking and cognitive flexibility are key tools for dealing with life’s stressors, creating solutions, developing resiliency and encouraging joy (Goleman; Sapolsky).
Through the application of activities that engage the heart, mind and body, we can help our youth to thrive in the 21st century.
How We Can Help You Help the Kids in Your World
We offer live and online courses, staff trainings and more. Our trainings are rigorous, comprehensive, college-accredited and, above all, practical. Our certification programs offer lesson plans, educational resources, discounts and more to support your professional development.
Join the circle of thousands of parents and professionals already sharing Yoga Calm.
Learn More about Yoga Calm
An Introduction to Yoga Calm for Children – An excerpt from Lynea and Jim Gillen’s Yoga Calm for Children: Educating Heart, Mind, and Body
Yoga Calm Principles An excerpt from Lynea and Jim Gillen’s Yoga Calm for Children: Educating Heart, Mind, and Body