Below are three studies that review the effect of yoga in schools, as well as a list of additional resources that are helpful when considering integrating yoga and mindfulness programs into education. I hope this information is helpful to school administrators and teachers.

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Research Studies

Research summaries come from the Cook-Cottone 2015 National Kids Yoga Conference Presentation

Mindfulness-based interventions in schools—a systematic review and meta-analysis
Zenner et al., 2014 (review and meta-analysis)

Effects Reported:

  • Cognitive performance improvements
  • Resilience to stress

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Yoga in the schools: a systematic review of the literature.
Serwacki & Cook-Cottone (2012)

Overall yoga intervention appears beneficial

Children with autism showed:

  • reduced stress
  • lower pulse rate

Children with intellectual disabilities showed increased:

  • cognitive functions
  • social adaptation scores

Inner city children showed reduction in cognitive disturbances such as:

  • rumination
  • intrusive thoughts
  • impulsivity
  • emotional and physical arousal

Children with emotional, behavioral, and learning problems were rated as exhibiting:

  • greater self and social confidence
  • improved communications and contributions in the classroom

Students with educational problems illustrated improvements in:

  • attention
  • concentration

Typically developing children experienced decreased:

  • body dissatisfaction
  • anxiety
  • negative behavior, as well as

Increased perceived self-concept and emotional balance

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Yoga in public school improves adolescent mood and affect
Felver et al., 2015 (systematic review)

Results suggest that school-based yoga may provide unique benefits for students above and beyond participation in PE

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Additional Resources (click to access)