"While healthy habits are important for everyone regardless of zip code, it is especially important for students who face a high amount of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Research shows that children who experience a high amount of ACEs have disrupted neurodevelopment, social, emotional, and cognitive impairments, a higher likelihood of adopting health-risk behaviors, and social problems. SCHOOL Kids Yoga allows youth to learn healthy social emotional habits both inside and outside of the classroom." - Betsy S., LAUSD Educational Specialist
We are committed to helping teachers create focused, harmonious classrooms where learning and positive relationships flourish.
We are compelled to help public schools, especially Title 1 communities, learn practical methods of attention and emotional regulation. Our adapted approach to yoga and our SCHOOL philosophy are unique and effective classroom management strategies.
With 17 years of experience in public schools, we have observed children and teachers facing greater obstacles to learning. A recent study published by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation found 62% of teachers reported significant problems with behavioral issues, thus interfering with academics. Behavioral problems increase the time spent attempting classroom management techniques, which teachers are finding ineffective across all grade levels: 68% elementary, 64% middle school, and 53% high school.
We have been teaching secular yoga & meditation to children and also to beginner adults since 2002. With over ten thousand hours spent in public classrooms, SCHOOL Kids Yoga offers a success adaptation to the practice of yoga that aligns with the academic setting. Our inclusive terminology and coordinated movements encourage focus, emotional intelligence, and cooperation for learning. The SCHOOL Kids Yoga methods are readily understandable to those new to the practice.
If you are looking for a professional development course with practical, effective tools for immediate use in your classroom, SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training is for you!
SCIENCE & SCHOOL KIDS YOGA
Growing research shows that yoga and mindfulness methods improve learning, decrease anxiety and increase cognitive performance. SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness methods address the comprehensive health of students and teachers. Our approach enhances physical, mental, emotional, and social balance, reduces the stress response and encourages gentle attitudes that promote perseverance and collaboration.
A notable finding by Serwacki and Cook-Cottone (2012) found that yoga and mindfulness interventions decreased stress, increased self-confidence and social-confidence, and improved classroom communication, attention, and concentration in children with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. As more research comes forward showing the benefits of yoga for the school setting, we at SCHOOL continue our pioneering work without hesitation.
Awards and Recognition
Kelly was awarded the 2013 Yoga Activist Award by the celebrated Moksha Festival of Los Angeles. Chosen from over 1,800 yoga teachers, she was recognized for her tireless effort teaching children and educators in LA County public schools. She has also received numerous certificates of recognition for volunteer service from LAUSD and PUSD schools. Kelly recently collaborated with Jane Tavyev Asher, M.D., Director of Pediatric Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Hospital, to demonstrate the benefits of yoga for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In 2016, SCHOOL partnered with Pasadena Unified School District on a pilot study of a district-wide SCHOOL Kids Yoga Training for Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten teachers which showed very favorable results in social and emotional learning and behavior for students, along with improved focus. Teachers reported improvements in their own well-being.
For the past five years, the SCHOOL Kids Yoga Program has been implemented in all classrooms (K-5) of Milagro Charter School in downtown Los Angeles. SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness classes contribute greatly to the foundation of learning at Milagro. These methods remind students to make positive choices and persevere through challenges."
- Sascha Robinette, LAUSD Principal
"I work as a PSW at the elementary level. I believe all of our students could benefit greatly from the SCHOOL yoga intervention that Kelly Wood offers. It's almost impossible for students to focus and learn when they are highly anxious or upset. This intervention affords students the skills to become calm and centered, so that they can absorb their academic lessons and hone their interpersonal skills. Best of all, Ms. Kelly has come up with a playful and creative way to teach these skills, so that students will surely engage. It is GREAT that the SCHOOL methods meet Common Core State Standards! I wish these SCHOOL yoga classes were mandatory!"
- Ruthie P., LAUSD Psychiatric Social Worker
"SCHOOL Kids Yoga is important in my class because kids learn strategies to respond to stressful situations. They can control themselves better and not make wrong decisions that they would later regret. It gives them better thinking to resolve problems. They learn to be more cooperative, compassionate, kind, respectful and they even learn to persevere in reaching personal goals."
- Carlos S., LAUSD Kindergarten teacher
"Excellent instructor with comprehensive experience! Provides support and constructive examples and guidance. This course has had immediate and positive outcomes in my classroom. SCHOOL Kids Yoga has provided a positive strategy to create a harmonious class setting so that I can also enjoy teaching and my students can have the joy of learning!
- Claudia O., 1st Grade teacher
"This course should be part of the teacher credential program as part of classroom management."
- Camille S., High School Athletic Director
"Ms. Kelly's class has taught me to be a better teacher and a better person. I am kinder to my students and to myself because I now think with a calm heart. I have created a classroom environment where each act of kindness is celebrated, where students share their weaknesses to create strength, where learning happens naturally."
- Ioana C., High School teacher