star_poseIntegrated Approach to Wellness 2:
Physical Connections to Learning

Children and teens today are less active today than ever, with some reports showing that only 15% are meeting daily exercise recommendations in and out of school.  Along with other societal factors, kids decreasing physical activity is a well documented contributor to increasing rates of obesity as well as other negative effects on physical and emotional health, attention and learning, and social skills.

Multiple studies suggest that exercise supports success in school, including improvements classroom behavior and academic performance (Dwyer, Sallis, Blizzard, Lazarus, & Dean, 2001) and that “losses” in study time did not translate into lower academic scores (Dwyer, Blizzard, & Dean, 1996). Research further reveals that social skills improved in the groups who exercised more. Other research (Donevan & Andrew, 1986) has found that students who are engaged in daily physical education programs consistently show not just superior motor fitness, but better academic performance and a better attitude toward school than their students who do not participate in daily P.E.

What today’s youth need in education and therapeutic settings are more movement and physically-engaging activities  — activities that help them release stress, light up the attention centers of the brain, are pro-social and that have meaning.

Educating Heart, Mind & Body

In this course you will learn:

  • 30 PreK-12 classroom-tested movement, breathing, social-emotional learning and mindfulness activities that help youth release stress, regulate and attend, develop personal awareness and social skills, and that improve learning and health.
  • Short daily routines that build community, reduce stress (for you and your students) and develop healthy habits.
  • How to read student needs and creatively apply short 5-minute activities to help with classroom management, smooth transitions, and to wake up or calm down a class.
  • How to create highly engaging mindfulness-themed lesson plans that work well for your grade level, setting and student needs.
  • How to prevent behavior problems with trauma-informed activities and routines that build resiliency and support, and classroom management techniques and interventions when things don’t go well.

Supporting All Students

Yoga Calm’s physical activities are decidedly simple and safe and can be taught by anyone, including students who actually lead classroom activities. The use of simple poses, classroom tables and chairs for support, emotionally engaging alignment tips, theme-based lesson plans and trauma-informed practices make Yoga Calm well suited for all populations and ages, including special needs students.

Thousands of teachers that use Yoga Calm report that its highly experiential activities help build classroom community, support school climate and develop positive behavior management skills.

Others that have taken this course include parents, counselors, treatment center staff, occupational therapists, yoga teachers, parents and other adults that work with children.

No prior yoga experience is necessary.

Prerequisite: Integrated Approach to Wellness 1

Full online and hybrid (online & in-person) course options available.

Find a Course

Learn In-Person and Online!

Our new hybrid and online courses allows you to begin your coursework as soon as you register, with online videos, readings and resources. It’s a great way to learn at a convenient time and place and to repeatedly watch and practice activities.

Get Credit! Get Certified!

Coursework applies towards the Yoga Calm Youth Instructor and Adult Instructor (Yoga Alliance RYT-200) Certification programs.

A certificate of completion, showing 12 instructional hours,  is provided and accepted for continuing education by many professional licensing boards.

Depending on course instructor, CEUs, graduate credits and clock hours are available through Portland State University, Washington School Counseling Association, Colorado State University, St Mary’s University, Alverno State College, Wayne State University, Western Kentucky University, and the State of Michigan (12 SHECHs). Check specific course listing for credit costs and availability.