Educational Institutions

Yoga in Schools

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • yogainschools.org

Mission Statement

Yoga In Schools inspires, educates and supports the development of emotional and physical fitness/wellness in children, classroom teachers and other education professionals. We build a sustainable model of wellness programming through non-traditional, non-competitive yoga-inspired movement and breathing techniques to children and by providing a set of classroom-ready tools for teachers.

Main Programs

  1. Yoga in Schools
  2. Tools for Teachers
  3. Yoga Ed Trainings

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Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Mrs. Joanne Spence

Keywords

Self-reported

yoga, physical education, health, wellness, improved focus, yoga in schools, teacher support

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EIN

27-0130056

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Health Support Services (E60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since 2005, Yoga in Schools has trained nearly 200 PE teachers and almost 1000 classroom teachers reaching over 20,000 children.
In 2008, Yoga is Schools has:

Taught 512 Yoga Ed classes to 930 K-5 Pittsburgh Public School Students in two locations - Helen S. Faison Arts Academy, Homewood and Dilworth Academy, East Liberty

Trained 148 Pittsburgh Public School Teachers in Yoga Tools for Teachers, self-care and self-awareness for teachers in 4-6 hour workshops.

Trained 80 Pittsburgh Public K-12 Health & Physical Education Teachers in Yoga Tools for PE Teachers in 4-6 hour workshops.

Raised funds to continue training 25 Elementary Pittsburgh Public PE teachers in the Yoga Ed curriculum in 2009/2010 school year.

Mentored 2 Elementary PE teachers for a semester each in Yoga Ed curriculum implementation at Faison and Dilworth Academies.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Yoga in Schools

A typical youth class includes:

Playing music to which the children connect and that encourages movement

Breathing exercises to help self-monitor

On their yoga mats learning classic yoga poses such as Downward Dog

Kinesthetic games and vocalizing fun positive affirmations: “I am strong!” “I am resilient”

Integration time, lying flat on the ground, to relax and refocus, dim lights and music, resting while relaxed and alert 

Encouraging each student on how well he or she did that class

Programming taught to PE and Health PA State Standards-based curriculum

 

The 4 tools we use in every class for students and teachers include:

Breathing exercises—to calm or to energize, to nourish and integrate the central nervous system

Games/Activities—creative, systems-thinking based play to activate brain cells, improve mood and support non-competitive action

Yoga Poses/Movements—grounding and invigorating the body and mind to dissipate tension, reduce stress and rebalance all systems of the body

Time-in & Affirmations—time for self-reflection and whole brain processing to restore, recharge, and enhance learning more responsible ways of empowering the mind and body

$40-$75 per class

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Tools for Teachers

A typical 2 hour introductory staff development class includes:

Breathing techniques for self and student, for increased mind-body awareness

Simple yoga poses and movements to balance the nervous system and energize the afternoon that can be done in a chair

Kinesthetic games implemented in the classroom at students’ desks for fun and relaxation

Restoration and relaxation time for the hard-working educator

A typical 1 day in-service training for teachers and staff includes:

Tools for self stress management through breathing exercises

Unique and practical classroom management tools

Restorative yoga poses for everyBody

All 4 Yoga Ed tools explained, demonstrated and practiced

Tools for Teachers Manual and Instruction Book

 

$400 - $1000 per day for up 60 Teachers

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Yoga Ed Trainings

Yoga  Ed certified training with qualified trainer Joanne Spence for:

K-8 Instructor Training 6 Day Intensive

High School Instructor Training 5 Day Intensive

Tools for Teachers Instructor Training 3 Day Intensive

PE Teacher  Yoga Trainings 2-4 Intensives

 

$400-$1000 including materials and depending on the course length.  These are fee-for-service trainings.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

Continued funding to train all Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) Health & Physical Education (HPE) Teachers K-12 Provide HPE Teachers in PPS with curriculum, yoga supplies and curriculum implementation on-going support Provide Yoga Tools for Teachers training for every PPS teacher The combined cost of the above items is about $180,000 over the next two years.

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Operations

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Yoga in Schools

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Joanne Spence

BIO

This is my first time as an Executive Director.  However, I have been a small business owner/entrepreneur for the last 20 years and a social worker for over 10 years.  Many of the same skills have transfered well to the leadership in the not-for-profit world.  The gaps have been handled by generous Board members and advisory board members and taking classes on non-profit managment at CCAC.  The non-profit world itself has been a valuable resource and support.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Practice of yoga movements, breathing and postures are increasingly recognized by health and wellness experts as effective strategies for advancing physical and emotional development in children. The learning engaged in by children “doing” yoga increases their awareness of the body’s natural capacities for strength, mind-body coordination and relaxation. Children “doing yoga” gain knowledge of their personal potential to control their physical (external) and emotional (internal) responses to often constraining and stressful social settings. Regular practice of yoga postures and breathing may contribute to a child’s understanding of his or her health status; possibly empower the child to minimize disrupting effects chronic illnesses have on a child’s capacity to engage in physical and emotional playfulness.  

At Yoga in Schools we are committed to teaching children lifetime wellness skills through yoga.  We ground our approach in the current health and education literatures linking movement with learning."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joanne Spence

Yoga on the Square

Term: Aug 2008 - Aug 2012

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