School Based Yoga: Building Strong Relationships – OnDemand

This is Part 1 of 4 Webinars on Best Practices for Yoga in Schools with Traci Childress & Jennifer Cohen Harper

Best Practices for Yoga in Schools Webinar Series: 

Join editors Traci Childress and Jennifer Cohen Harper to explore the lessons learned through creating the Yoga Service Best Practices Guide Best Practices for Yoga in Schools. This resource, published by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute, brings together the knowledge of 23 field leaders, including teachers, administrators, program directors, and researchers, as well as 4 peer reviewers. The intention of the series is to be a resource for those who wish to share yoga practices in ways that are maximally safe, effective, sustainable and socially just. You can learn more about this series at

School Based Yoga: Building Strong Relationships to Support Sustainable Programs

Relationships are one of the most significant factors in determining a program’s success and must be considered carefully. Educator Parker Palmer writes, “to teach is to create a space,” and that when we teach, we always teach what we know. As teachers share yoga (or any other subject) with children, we create space for others to learn. We naturally offer the yoga practices and create yoga programs through our own lens—from the perspective of our history, privilege, wounds, bias, assumptions, and wisdom. We offer yoga mixed with all the other things we know and have experienced in our lives.

Working with students in schools means that yoga instructors will invariably come into contact with children (and adults) from a tremendously wide variety of circumstances. This webinar will draw from the Relationship Building chapter of the book to explore how we can commit to becoming more sensitive to children by developing ways to become and remain connected to each child as an individual, in all circumstances, regardless of their behavior, label, or diagnosis. We’ll also discuss the importance of, and strategies for, building strong relationships with adults in the school community.

A commitment to conscious relationship, supported by reflection and self-inquiry, allows yoga service providers to engage skillfully, honestly, and authentically with students and entire school communities, regardless of whether teachers and students come from similar life circumstances. Join us for this discussion as we support each other in bringing out best selves to our classrooms.


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