Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field

Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field


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The yoga-in-schools movement has been gaining momentum in recent years as adult practitioners realize the benefit of yoga in their personal lives and want to share it with children and youth. As the movement has grown, so has the need to understand how yoga works and its effects on individuals, groups, and school culture. Stories of School Yoga brings together firsthand narratives by teachers and practitioners from diverse settings nationwide to illuminate the multifaceted work, challenges, and benefits of teaching yoga to K−12 students in public schools. The stories here supplement and reframe quantitative research in the field; demonstrate how yoga can mitigate stress and tension, particularly amid an increased focus on standardized curricula and testing; and offer lessons learned and practical insights into planning, implementing, and running these programs. Rich in detail and accessible to nonspecialists, Stories of School Yoga presents helpful resources and a nuanced, on-the-ground look at the yoga-in-schools movement.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438475707
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andrea M. Hyde is Professor of Educational Studies at Western Illinois University. Janet D. Johnson is Professor of Secondary Education at Rhode Island College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: "I Just Breathe": Stories of School Yoga Janet D. Johnson Andrea M. Hyde 1

Chapter 1 Qualitative Research and School Yoga Andrea M. Hyde Janet D. Johnson 9

Chapter 2 The World Is Made Up of Stories Janet D. Johnson Andrea M. Hyde 25

Section I Yogis on School Staff

Chapter 3 One School, Calm and Alert Helene McGlauflin 39

Chapter 4 S.T.O.P. and Relax: A Yoga Curriculum for Students with Autism Debra A. Krodman-Collins 53

Chapter 5 Achieving and Breathing: the Yoga Journey of a Public School Teacher Lindsay Meeker 67

Section II National Programs

Chapter 6 Empowering Schools from the Inside: Training Leaders for Sustainable Yoga Lisa Flynn 85

Chapter 7 SEL, Yoga, and Mindfulness; Developing Teacher Competencies Carla Tantillo Philibert Peggy C. Collings 99

Chapter 8 Creating a Nonviolent World: The CALMING KIDS Story Dee Marie 113

Section III Working with Marginalized Populations

Chapter 9 Sharing the Practices with Urban Elementary Students Michelle Brook 127

Chapter 10 Yoga for Health and Physical Education (and More) Joanne Spence 143

Chapter 11 Practicing Yoga, Practicing Justice Peg Oliveira 157

Conclusion: A Place for Making Meaning Andrea M. Hyde Janet D. Johnson 169

Contributors 189

Index 193

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