“Yoga has so much to offer young people. It can be done either alone or in groups. It gives students great satisfaction: They discover that even though they are young, they are able to solve problems and feel strongly about things. Finally, just working with the body can be both enlightening and exhilarating.” ~ Emeke Buitelaar
- for everyone
Yoga is not…
- purely relaxation
- a religion
- only for adults
Why it Works
The beauty of yoga is that its benefits are accessible to all, regardless of age, prior experience and activity level. Yoga is a holistic practice focusing on the whole needs and well-being of the child; the social, emotional, cognitive, mental, and physical levels. A main component of yoga is respect and honour; for ourselves, for each other, and for the environment. Our aim is to foster global thinkers and create an external awareness around them.
The Yoga Project school programs always present a balance of spontaneity and structure, as students are encouraged to explore elements of yoga while honouring their individual and unique practice, where uniqueness is celebrated and an emphasis is placed upon laying the groundwork for students to connect with themselves through education and empowerment.
Yoga works by engaging the whole body and mind, providing activities that incorporate various learning styles such as visual, kinesthetic, musical, intuitive, and naturalist. By providing students with inner resources such as calming, centring, and self-acceptance — yoga helps them feel connected and whole. ~ H. Gardner & T. Hatch; Educating the Whole Child through Yoga
TYP Yoga Programming is taught through:
Breath Work (pranayama)
As you practice breathing activities, you are likely to become more aware of your breath in ordinary circumstances; therefore learning that you have the power to turn your energy up or down, how to be in control, put things into perspective, relax, or even what makes you more upset.
When asana is practiced regularly, the body becomes healthier, stronger, more flexible and overall a nicer place for the spirit to live. When your body has greater health and less discomfort, your mind can be much clearer and more open for the mindful practices that are to come and for the learning and development of childhood.
Students are taught practices that will develop a habit of slowing down, increasing awareness and experiencing life in a more complete way. “Yoga is designed to be a path toward a place of integration where your mind, your heart, and your body are healthy, connected to each other, and tuned in to the world around you. It is designed to be the very best version of yourself. And the happiest version of yourself. ~ Jennifer Cohen Harper, Little Flower Yoga for Kids