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Yoga in the Schools Symposium

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ali Smith, Anne Buckley-Reen, Patrick Tolan,
Leah Kalish, and more.

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The Yoga in the Schools Symposium is an opportunity to join leaders in the yoga-in-the-schools movement to explore the opportunities and challenges of this work. This first-of-its-kind event was hosted on April 23–25, 2014, by the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center and Curry School of Education, and was made possible through the generous support of Beth and Peter Levin.

This symposium is unique in its specific focus on yoga in the schools, and aims to galvanize our efforts and maximize the impact of those influencing the yoga-in-the-schools movement, including researchers, teachers, school administrators, program developers, and yoga teachers.

The event is designed to build collaboration and a collective understanding as we work toward the shared goal of bringing the transformative practice of yoga to as many young people as possible.

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The 2014 agenda included

  • Keynote by Dr. Timothy B. Baird, Superintendent of the Encinitas (California) Union School District, who implemented a comprehensive yoga program in the schools that has been the focus of legal controversy
  • Critical questions related to this initiative, including focus, measurement, and sustainability
  • Presentations by experts in the field, including researchers, yoga-in-the-schools program developers, and school administrators and educators
  • An opportunity for participants to share their vision and contributions to the field in an informative poster session
  • Whole- and small-group dialogue to draw on our collective wisdom and expertise as we shape the path forward.

Read a Q&A with Edi Pasalis, Director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living.

Read presenter bios and view PowerPoint presentations from the 2014 conference.