Y.O.G.A. for Youth – North Carolina




Y.O.G.A. for Youth NC Teacher Training 

Hear what Y.O.G.A. for Youth North Carolina 2019 Teacher Training Graduates have to say about their experience!






4 out of 5 RN Harris Elementary school teachers who graduated from Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training this August, ready to bring their new skills to the classroom!


Thanks to a Bass Connections grant from Duke University, Keval Kaur Khalsa, Professor of the Practice of Dance & Theater Studies at Duke and Dr. Michele Berger, Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill – in conjunction with community educational partners, committed faculty and students from Duke and UNC-CH, and passionate Y.O.G.A. for Youth leaders – are celebrating the sixth year of their Mindfulness in Human Development research project. Using a mixed-methods approach, the project is studying the effects of a regular yoga and meditation practice on elementary and middle school students’ mindfulness, emotional regulation, self-esteem, stress response, resilience, academic performance, social behavior body image, and physical health.


This is our sixth year of working with the Durham Arts Council’s Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools (CAPS) program, a partnership between the Arts Council and Durham Public Schools. The 46-year-old program places professional artists (including yoga teachers) of all sorts in classrooms across Durham, Granville and Orange counties to provide “creative and interactive residencies” that teach a variety of life skills through the arts to over 20,000 students each year. CAPS artists do other work in the community, as well, and provide programming to childhood centers, preschools and various after-school services. We are excited about returning to Sandy Ridge Elementary School and working with first graders this year.


For ten years we have collaborated with the Justice Theater Project to offer yoga programming during summer camps for children at the Emily K Center in Durham and Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh. Daily yoga and mediation sessions help these young performers be on top of their game!