"Yoga class allows me to escape from the negativity in the world, my house, and even my brain. It helps me be calm."
“The students will be relaxed and prepared for school and all challenges that come their way. I’ve seen students excel in this program. They’re more aware, present, and active in classes."
"Yoga For Life program has been a very positive impact on my students. They use the breathing techniques they have learned to manage their anxiety and frustration, and yoga has helped them build courage and confidence. My students are excited for yoga class each week." - Special Education Teacher
"The students enjoy knowing Monday is Yoga day. I have seen the students be able to do the breathing techniques at yoga and also away from yoga, when they are needing to calm down. Yoga has come up in many conversations and the students all have a favorite yoga position or shape that they can demonstrate and talk about it. They have grown in the ability to follow directions and have grown in the ability to have different instructors and be flexible with the different teaching styles. Parents have commented on the program as well, noting that their child came home and talked about Yoga that day.
“To me yoga is a form of therapy. I’ve struggled with depression, and anxiety and I found that yoga tends to help with that. Overall it’s a pretty fun experience and I will probably continue doing yoga after high school.”
"This is the fourth year for our students participating in the Yoga for Life program. While the class teaches students stretching, yoga poses and breathing techniques, the benefits go beyond the classroom. Our students are able to generalize these to their high school and home settings. Their ability to learn to breathe when they feel upset, stressed or angry leads to a lifelong learned skill.
It has been amazing to watch the growth of students who were in 9th grade when we began attending the yoga program and are now 12th grade students. They know the poses and the routine during instruction and are engaged the entire class time. The self-stimulatory behaviors common in students with autism have significantly decreased and they are able to, either independently or with a prompt, utilize their breathing techniques in a stressful situation.
I would recommend this program for students with special needs because of the multitude of benefits from the instruction and the skilled, patient and knowledgeable instructors."
- Special Education Teacher Palo Verde High School
"The things we learn in yoga I can use in my classroom. Deep breathing exercises help to calm anxious or frustrated students. Their overall behavior is better, they are noticeably more confident, happier, calm, focused, patient and kind to others. I have also seen grades improving." - Special Education Teacher
"Yoga helps me feel good about myself and helps with my anger problems."
"I feel more calm after yoga. I can focus better in school. And when I feel anxious or frustrated I remember my favorite breathing exercise, and that helps me. I am always excited to do yoga during school." - Student
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