Yoga Calm® is an innovative method for teaching kids and teens the keys to managing stress, building social skills and creating lifelong fitness habits. It is built around more than 60 activities that include yoga-based movement, nervous system regulation, social/emotional skills-building, relaxation and storytelling. Specially designed for use in schools (K-12), Yoga Calm’s principle-based approach makes it effective in any environment and with a broad range of ages, populations and abilities, including those with ADD/ADHD. Benefits include:
* The ability to relax, nurture and regulate emotions
* Greater physical fitness, self-confidence and self-esteem
* Better concentration skills and imagination
* Improved subject retention and higher test scores
* Enhanced communication, trust, empathy, teamwork and leadership skills
* The development of healthy life choices
Yoga Calm got started in 2002, in the behavior classroom of a rural Oregon elementary school. Since then, creators Lynea Gillen, MS, and Jim Gillen, RYT, have trained hundreds of teachers, counselors and occupational therapists from more than a dozen states in Yoga Calm techniques. Currently used in individual classrooms around the US, the program was implemented school-wide at Minneapolis’ Jefferson Community School during the 2007-2008 school year.
The program is also suited for use in therapeutic settings, such as children’s treatment centers and clinics. One of these is the 30 year old Children’s Program in Portland, Oregon, which has successfully collaborated with Yoga Calm to provide training for children and teens struggling with ADHD, anxiety and other mental health concerns.
In their award-winning* book Yoga Calm for Children, the Gillens write, “Over the years, we ourselves have observed amazing results stemming from Yoga Calm practice. We have seen seriously wounded children begin to believe in themselves again. They stand taller, trust their inner instincts and express their thoughts and emotions with confidence because they have been trained to understand their hearts, minds and bodies. The ongoing practice has a profound impact on their daily lives.”
Read the introduction to Yoga Calm for Children: Educating Heart, Mind and Body
Visit our official website at www.yogacalm.org.
*2007/08 Nautilus Books Awards (Yoga/Massage/Body Movement),
Mom’s Choice Awards, Silver (Educational Products & Software), Indie Excellence Awards, Finalist (Education/Academic), ForeWord Book of the Year, Finalist (Education, Health)