Introducting Yoga into the School System as part of Curriculum


Does anyone have any good ideas regarding what to name a not-for-profit that aims to bring yoga into the middle and high school curriculum.?

Mind Body Balance?
Trust Yoga?
Be Yoga?
True Self Yoga?

I tried these on my teenagers and they all had thumbs down…ut could not offer any creative alternatives.

Any ideas would be appreciated. I hear this is the place to gather lots of options.


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Howabout “After School Activity”?

Are you more interested in promoting to the schools or to the students? I would expect something like this to have a name associated with education, like Yoga Academy, Yoga Resource or Achieve with Yoga. But that’s more if you’re trying to gain interest from the schools.

I’ll just move this to IMHO.

Don’t you think that’s a bit of a stretch?

I wouldn’t emphasize the spiritual aspects of yoga with names like Be Yoga or True Self Yoga or even Mind Body Balance. That may cause resistance from people who feel you’re trying to introduce a religious activity into the school system. You’d be better off with a name that highlights the physical aspect of yoga. Something like Flex Appeal or Stretching 101 (which are intended as examples not good suggestions).

Yeah, I could get on board teaching swimming to elementary school kids, since it could save their lives at some point, but yoga to middle school and high school age kids?

True. I don’t think anyone is going to be bending over backwards to get this implemented in schools.

I’m not sure how this would fit in with school programs. Would it be like a PE class taught on campus? I know some schools allow PE alternatives outside school (like swimming with a club). Would it be more like that where it’s taught at a studio and kids go to get PE alternative credit? It will help if you can give more info about the class, its purpose, and how it will be offered.

You never know. Get some downward dirt on a dog of a school board member it might just slip in.

I like the Achieve with Yoga or something like that. And I think its a great idea. My kids had way too much PE and Health, but none of it was yoga or meditation or stress reduction skills. I’d trade field hockey for a lifelong skill of learning to “center” yourself and build and retain flexibility any day. Then again, I’m 52, so knowing how to stretch is an important part of adult life at this point in time - as is knowing how to breathe.

I’m 45 and I wasn’t aware that knowing how to stretch and breathe was important. Can you explain why it is important? (I know why breathing is important. Didn’t know there were different ways to do it).

to which I would add “taught by unpaid volunteers.”

No great ideas on the name, but I think yoga is perfect for high school kids. They have way to much stress & yoga is a great stress reliever.

A better stress reliever would be starting school later in the day so they can get enough sleep, as opposed to spending that time constantly sleep-deprived.

National Sleep Foundation:

Aside from that, the problem with getting yoga into schools is that it often comes freighted with bullshit health woo like “chakras” and “essential oils” and other crap, and we do not need to be putting that anywhere near our educational institutions.

Call it “Glutton For Punishment”, because you are going to be attacked from the right for being satanic and from the left for being cultural appropriation.

For the kids who are healthy/fit enough to achieve and mantain the poses, who are have a good enough self-image to be comfortable doing it, and who aren’t going to be mocked for it by the dregs of the class. For the rest of them, it would be hell on Earth.

Yea, it sounds like an unholy nightmare. The only upside is that this would be pretty much guaranteed to be an optional elective, which only the people who don’t need it would be even tempted to attend.

But in many schools, P.E. is required. I was very happy to have had some alternatives to traditional P.E. activities at my school. I was neither competitive nor good at competitive sports, and being able to fill my P.E. schedule with weightlifting and self defense classes was a great benefit to me. I would have loved to have the option to take yoga, which I did by myself during high school using a book.