Yoga in Schools: Cash Grab Abuses Trust of Teachers & Students.

Via on Aug 20, 2010

Yoga Journal Misses the Point of Yoga in the Classroom?

Teaching yoga in schools is a way for yoga teachers to expand their reach—and their income.

The above statement from Yoga in Schools, a Yoga Journal business article, has kept me up at night.

The gist of this article is that teaching yoga in schools is a great way to make quick cash. Get a little training and then get paid well (the article sites examples of $150, and $200 per class) through a readymade, captive audience.

Really? Is this why we bring yoga into schools?

In addition, it seems out of date, citing only three organizations working to bring yoga to school children. If YJ truly had the pulse of the kids’ yoga community they’d be aware of such remarkable organizations such as Shanti Generation, Yoga4Classrooms from Childlight Yoga, BentonLearning, the Newark Yoga Movement, Headstand (in their own backyard), YogaCalm, Yoginos, Move With Me Action Adventures and Yoga Recess—all actively bringing the benefits of yoga to children.

Yes, it is a “business” article and as such provides some ideas for how to market yoga to school teachers and administrators including starting through volunteering. As well, it warns of the possible controversy, that of yoga as a religion, which one can expect to encounter and how to avoid it. But there is so much more to teaching yoga to children, never mind the complexities of working within the school system.

Yoga Journal: step up to the plate and offer more support to the kids and teens yoga movement. I, myself, and others in this field have continually submitted proposals to this end which have all fallen on deaf ears.  We’re more than happy to do all the research and writing in order to provide quality information in a timely manner. I’d love to see a regular column dedicated to yoga for kids and teens, or even a rising generation YJ special edition.

Well, I’ll get off my soap box and get back to trying to provide a valuable resource for parents, teachers, caregivers and yoga instructors so that they can touch the lives of children and teens through the beauty and power of yoga.


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About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 

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