Bring trauma-informed yoga to kids in low-income schools in the Denver-metro area to help empower them and help them be successful in school and in life.
WHAT WE DO
Teach yoga (movement, breathing, and meditation) to kids ECE to Middle School ages during school hours. We partner with a specials teacher like drama or PE or during a study time. We supply the mats, so there is absolutely no cost to the school or student ever.
WHY YOGA IN LOW-INCOME SCHOOLS?
Some of the benefits of yoga as proven by a similar nonprofit, The Wellness Initiative:
- More than three-fourths of the students agreed strongly or somewhat with the statement “I feel stressed out a lot of the time.”
- About two-thirds agreed strongly or somewhat with the statement “I put a lot of pressure on myself.”
- Following participation in yoga classes, at least half the students noted improvements in physical flexibility; feeling positive and optimistic; feeling physically strong; standing up for oneself; self-confidence; being nice to other students and family.
- When asked their reaction to yoga, 63 percent said they “love it” or “like it a lot”, while 24 percent said they “like it somewhat”, and 13 percent said they did not like it at all.
- More than a third of the students reported improvement in how they felt about their body; their ability to concentrate; feeling good about themselves; feeling less stress; feeling frustration; eating less junk food; putting too much pressure on themselves.
- When asked how often they used various yoga practices outside the class, more than half reported using the breathing exercises; more than 70 percent reported using visualization; about 45 percent practiced positive statements about themselves; 44 percent practiced yoga poses.
WHY TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA?
Often times situations of poverty come with situations of abuse, domestic violence, alcohol and substance abuse, homelessness, and a wide array of other things that create even more chaos in the population. Specific training in trauma-informed yoga helps Rise Up Yoga approach all populations with social justice at the forefront and prevents any further infliction of unintentional trauma.
Another study found:
“A recent review of research on the effects of yoga practice on children produced moderate evidence suggesting benefits for cardiovascular health, physical functioning, and behavior (see Galantino et al., 2008 for a review). Yoga research on children also points to the improved attention and emotional control (Jensen & Kenny, 2004).”
Still want to see some more information on the benefits of yoga? Check out this video.
RISE UP YOGA IS IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH ANY RELIGION OR RELIGIOUS PRACTICE.
In fact, the curriculum has been stripped of anything dogmatic and instead focuses on the benefits of yoga a means to build confidence, empowerment, relieve and soothe stress and decrease instances of triggers escalating into destructive behavior for the student.