Imagination Yoga uses storytelling and imaginative games to engage children in the experience of yoga. Extensive research on the topic indicates multiple benefits of yoga programs in schools:
- Encourages use of non-violent problem-solving strategies
- Helps to reduce stress and anxiety
- Improves executive function
- Improves symptoms and school performance of children with ADHD
There are several ways you can offer Imagination Yoga at your school or daycare.
In-School Field Trip
Imagination Yoga can come to your school for a single day or a series of days to introduce the experience of yoga to your students. This can take the place of your regular PE classes or provide a special break in the students’ day.
Regular yoga practice can provide the greatest benefit to your students. Eugene Imagination Yoga can provide an ongoing program during the school day (school funded) or before or after school (parent funded). Scholarships may be available for low-income students who wish to attend parent-funded programs.
Diane Campbell, owner of Eugene Imagination Yoga, is a guest teacher in the Eugene 4J school district. If your school is in 4J, Diane can fill in for one of your regular teachers and provide yoga instruction for all or part of the day.
Discounts are available for nonprofit organizations, and a free demo class is available upon request. Click the link below to learn more.
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 Diamond, A. and Lee, K. “Interventions Shown to Aid Executive Function Development in Children 4 to 12 Years Old.” Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 19 Aug 2011. Accessed 14 March 2018.
 “The effects of physical exercise in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized control trials.” Child: Care, Health, and Development. John Wiley & Sons, 18 May 2015. Accessed 14 March 2018.
 Mehta, S., Shah, D., et al. “Peer-Mediated Multimodal Intervention Program for the Treatment of Children with ADHD in India: One-Year Followup.” International Scholarly Research Notices. Hindawi, 22 Nov 2012. Accessed 14 March 2018.