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Why Yogiños in Schools?

Why Yogiños in Schools?

Our experience with implementing mindfulness and yoga in schools includes working with schools and organizations for over 10 years—facilitating our own research and with a 3rd party university-based researcher and evaluator—with evidence that these strategies help students and faculty monitor and respond to their emotions, assess their energy levels, and shift their mental and physical states to optimize learning and well-being. As a result, teachers will notice an increase in teaching time and connections with students as well as academic success. Our original research shows that 95% of teachers and parents noticed a distinct increase in peaceful, calm, quieter approaches among learners, and that 94% of students thought the tools and strategies were fun to learn. The creator and main facilitator of MOSST, Dr. Reese, is currently participating in the UC-Berkeley Greater Good Science Center two year Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Certification Program and thus has access to many of the world’s most influential and innovative teachers as well as their support, resources, research, and practices.

 

 
We utilize both outside studies as well as our own qualitative and quantitative research to inform our work. Some of the research-based goals of MOSST Programs are the following: 

  • Cognitive outcomes: Attention, Focus, Academic Achievement

  • Social Emotional Skills: Social Emotional Resilience, Social Skills, Relationship Building and Empathy

  • Enhanced Physical and Mental Health

  • Decrease in Disciplinary Referrals

  • Increase in Teacher Longevity and Job Satisfaction

  • Develop new abilities to be calm and find focus

  • Expanded awareness and abilities to integrate mindful movement and breathing into daily activities to self-regulate physical, emotional and mental levels

  • Increase in physical and emotional flexibility

  • 44% increase in core strength and 16% increase in upper body strength

  • Widen awareness and use of multiple languages

  • Improve willingness to make good choices for self, others and the environment. 

“Yoga makes me feel my best!” ~6 year old MOSST participant

Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® has worked with the following schools, leading experiences with students, training faculty, and offering follow-up coaching visits for faculty. An asterisk (*) indicates a school where we have done qualitative and/or quantitative research:

 

Atascocita Montessori, Humble, TX

*Cinco Ranch Montessori, Katy, TX

*Corpus Christi Independent School District (3 schools)

*Corpus Christi Montessori School, Corpus Christi, TX

First Colony Montessori, Sugarland, TX

Greatwood Montessori School, Sugarland, TX

Goldberg Montessori School, Houston, TX

Longwood Montessori, Cypress, TX

Montessori School of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX

New Territory Montessori School, Sugarland, TX

North East Independent School District, San Antonio, TX (3 schools)

Sugar Mill Montessori, Sugarland, TX

*The Post Oak School, Houston, TX

*The Village School, Houston, TX

West Montessori School of Copperfield, Houston, TX

Westside Montessori, Houston, TX

Woodlands Montessori, The Woodlands, TX 

 

 

In addition to schools, we have worked with the following organizations:
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Art Center of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Breakfast Yoga Club, Houston, TX
City Year (Americorps), Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, IL Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas, TX Earthx, Dallas, TX
Park City School District, Park City, UT
Wanderlust, Copper Mountain, CO, and Lake Tahoe, CA

 

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