The program has shown measurable positive results in the social behavior of young
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CALMING KIDS began in the fall of 2004, and it has been incorporated into the academic curriculum of a Boulder school, Heatherwood
Elementary, every October (National SAVE time) since 2004 and will continue into the future. It started with only 2 classrooms
and is now including 7 classrooms within this school. CK was originally conducted as a pilot project, with 120 forth and fifth grade children, to track its efficacy. Questionnaires were designed and analyzed by a Harvard statistician and filled out by the students prior to and following the program each year. Over and above the increase in fitness levels, the study found that an effective yoga curriculum can help children exercise, relieve their stress, manage their aggression and find peace within themselves. The program has been shown to increase anger management by 93% in only 6 sessions. Teachers also noticed a change in their students’ behaviors towards one another.
Bullying and aggressive behavior are on the rise in American schools according to a 2001 study in the Journal of the American Medical
Association. Our Boulder, Colorado program CALMING KIDS (CK): Creating a Non-Violent World, teaches 8th grade school teachers, councelors, yoga teachers, and students, non-denominational
yoga techniques to increase concentration, relaxation, and fitness, and to decrease bullying and violence. Some examples of the effects of
- The angry 11 year old boy rids himself of the urge to strike out at a classmate by taking 3 deep
- The shy 9 year old girl recalls the words from her CK play-acting skit and stops a bully from teasing her
little brother on the bus.
- The teacher calms the class for state tests by telling a creative visualization of a sun setting behind a
The project’s primary goal is to convey a philosophical and scientific, non-denominational yoga program to school teachers and children as a lifestyle
choice. We present a curriculum that inspires a positive, peaceful, physically strong, and self confident, attitude with a system of how to
communicate in a relaxed way. Ultimately, we are empowering children to manage their own feelings for self-preservation and to feel safe
within themselves and their surroundings to give them a greater capacity for success in school and in life. The program’s emphasis is non-harming
to oneself and toward others, learning to respect personal space, with a high-level of concentration practices enhancing academics and
encouraging nonviolent behavior.