Rosa White, Director of Communications
ABC7 Visits SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Class at Milagro Charter Elementary
PASADENA, Calif. – June 1, 2019 – 501(c)(3) Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL, Inc.), a charitable organization focused on supporting SCHOOL Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training at Title 1 schools, was featured on ABC7, Vista L.A. during a school day at Milagro Charter Elementary School.
ABC7 Reporter, Jessica Dominguez, captured a story entitled: Kids strike a yoga pose to enhance health. Dominguez wrote: Practicing mindfulness has shown to have many physical and mental benefits for adults but striking a yoga pose can also help children in many ways -- from promoting self-awareness to enhancing concentration and fostering learning.
SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness is a weekly program created by Kelly Wood. The SCHOOL methods are implemented in many Los Angeles Unified School District Schools, like Milagro Charter Elementary School. The program is offered as professional development to all LAUSD teachers so that teachers can gain the benefits of the SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Program for themselves and their students.
After 20 minutes of SCHOOL Kids Yoga, Wood says the students are more focused and ready to learn. After practicing calm breathing, the students feel it improves their test taking skills and overall academic achievement.
"It helps me calm down and I like that I don't really just get to be stressed out," student Arianny Pulido said.
"I've been doing yoga for two years," student Matthew Saavedra said. "It's relaxing and peaceful."
"SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness program started in 2002," Founder Kelly Wood said. "when this was not on people's radar at all.”
"We've made it a ritual in our classroom to practice SCHOOL Kids Yoga after we come back from recess, lunch or P.E." teacher Daniela Encarnacion said. "It helps create a calm environment...and it really does work!”
"Across the board, it doesn't matter what neighborhood we're living in, these kinds of skills are beneficial for our students and for teachers." Wood said.
About SCHOOL, Inc.:
Established in 2012, Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL, Inc.) is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to help public schools, especially Title 1 communities, create focused, harmonious classrooms where learning and positive relationships flourish. The SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Program is an adapted mindfulness curriculum that addresses the comprehensive health of students and teachers by enhancing physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Collaborative attitudes and character development are nurtured through the program to support academic success. SCHOOL, Inc. provides professional development for educators in school districts including Los Angeles Unified, Pasadena Unified, New York City of Education and more. For more information, visit www.school-yoga.org.