Evaluate, contemplate and evolve.
Best practices and empirical reflection ensure our programs pack a measurable impact. All of our programs are built on evidence-based practice. We comb the existing research on yoga’s impact, attend and present at research conferences and design our trainings and outreach based on what the results tells us works best. We evaluate all of our programs and share our results with the service yoga community.
High school students, practicing yoga three times per week for one semester had reduced cortisol after yoga.
A high school freshman class practicing yoga three times per week for one hour each session had fewer average weekly discipline referrals and cut classes than the previous cohort of freshmen without yoga.
All freshman in an urban high school participated in mandatory yoga for the fall semester. Those participating in yoga the second semester had increased GPA’s their spring semester, compared to the fall semester. Those not participating in yoga the second semester had decreased GPA’s their spring semester, compared to the fall semester.
Urban preschools struggle with obesity in childhood. In a preschool cohort one child was identified as having a BMI in the obese range at the beginning of an 8 month yoga program, and three others were trending toward obesity. At the end of the yoga program, no preschoolers were identified as obese.