Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are common themes in American schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by nature, supports this learning.

The following are some of the benefits of yoga to support the education of the whole child, thus maximizing the learning process:

Provides students healthy ways to express and balance their emotions
Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being – the perfect state for teaching and learning
Brings students into the present moment – the most basic requirement for learning
Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom
Helps to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed
Provides opportunities for beneficial motor breaks throughout the day
Eases anxiety and tension (such as pre-test or performance jitters)
Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension and memory
Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing impulsivity and reactivity
Supports social and emotional learning
Improves listening skills
Wakes up sluggish minds and creativity as needed
Enhances organizational and communication skills
Improves posture, assisting students to sit comfortably for long periods
Enhances motor skills and balance
Improves mind/body awareness and connection
Improves confidence and self-esteem
Encourages respect for oneself and others
Creates a calm, harmonious classroom