Does This Stuff Really Work? Yoga in Schools Proven Effective. {Interview}

Via Donna Freeman
on Apr 27, 2012
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The #1 question for school-based yoga programs is “Does it really work?”

The International Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness (IASYM) responds with a resounding “Yes!”

Our distinguished panel of guests discuss some of the current research being conducted and how that research is translated into powerful school-based programs, bringing calm, focus and learning readiness into today’s classrooms. Karma Carpenter, Director of IASYM, Lynda Meeder, Director of YogaKids, Anne Buckley-Reen, OT & founder of Get Ready to Learn, and Cheryl Crawford, founder of Grounded, join us to share their experiences in researching the effects of yoga and mindfulness in schools. Discover how yoga is impacting kids, teachers and administrators through innovative programs proven effective by University research.

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Our panel of amazing guests can be found at:

Karma Carpenter

Anne Buckley-Reen

Cheryl Crawford

Lynda Meeder


Editor: Lynn Hasselberger

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About Donna Freeman

Teacher, author and expert on yoga for kids and teens, Donna Freeman firmly believes that yoga can be done anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. She grew up in British Columbia, Canada but was introduced to yoga while living in Cape Town, South Africa during her nomad years. She is currently learning acroyoga with her kids and enjoys practicing tadasana while pumping gas or washing dishes. Bob Weisenberg describes her book Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children as indispensible. For more about yoga for kids and teens visit her website or the facebook page


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  3. childlightyoga says:

    Kudos to Donna and these other leaders in the school yoga movement for succinctly reporting on the benefits of yoga education in schools and the evidence supporting it. It's exciting to see so many programs of value around this country and others, who are finding ways to introduce these benefits to their local school communities.

    Readers might be interested in also checking out other established programs like Bent on Learning (, Yoga 4 Classrooms (, Mindful Schools ( and so many others sharing evidence-based work to the same end – to help children and youth develop resilience, positive perceptions, good health habits and mindful awareness. Not surprisingly, these same benefits promote learning-readiness and in general, healthier, happier kids.

    With more school based yoga programs doing their own smaller, pilot studies with similarly positive results, we can work collaboratively building evidence and support for a larger-scale, well-funded study. This is in part, the role of IASYM ( – check it out and join the movement!

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