Mindfulness in the Classroom: Addressing Student Anxiety with Y.O.G.A. for Youth

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Mindfulness in the Classroom: Addressing Student Anxiety with Y.O.G.A. for Youth


The transition to the back-to-school period can be a stressful time for students, parents, and educators alike. To address this anxiety, Y.O.G.A. for Youth, a non-profit organization, introduces techniques for mindfulness and relaxation into the learning environment.

Dharma Atma Singh’s Vision

Inspired by his struggling students, Dharma Atma Singh, an art teacher at Northwood High School, initiated the integration of yoga into the classroom to facilitate stress management. This practice gained traction when two unruly students witnessed Singh’s meditation session and expressed interest in participating. As a result, yoga became a regular part of Singh’s teaching repertoire.

Y.O.G.A. for Youth Curriculum

Singh’s yoga practice aligns with the curriculum developed by Y.O.G.A. for Youth, which aims to foster mindfulness and self-regulation in students across the country. Emily Cord, an elementary school teacher, utilized this curriculum in her classroom, observing its positive impact on both her students and herself.

Benefits for Students

Students like Briannan and Marley experienced transformational effects from yoga during their challenging high school years. The practice helped them cope with stress and anxiety, reducing the overwhelming feelings associated with scholarship applications and the college application process.

Ultimate Goal of Y.O.G.A. for Youth

Y.O.G.A. for Youth aspires to disseminate its message of peace and empathy to all those in need. The organization provides valuable tools that empower students to manage stress, make sound decisions, and cultivate empathy for others.


The implementation of mindfulness and yoga techniques in the classroom through programs like Y.O.G.A. for Youth is crucial in addressing student anxiety and promoting overall well-being. By providing students with the necessary coping mechanisms, we empower them to navigate the challenges of adolescence and succeed in their academic endeavors.

About the Author

Damien Henson is a reporter for Student Reporting Labs, a national youth journalism program. He is a rising senior at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Credit and rights belong to OMG I Yoga


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