Research Projects

Prevalence and Characteristics of Yoga-Based Programs in a Large, Urban Public School District

Funded By:  Kripala Center for Yoga and Health

Year funded: 2014

Kristie Patten Koenig, Associate Professor and Chair, New York University

There has been a significant increase in the use of yoga-based programs in general and special education classrooms in the United States.  These programs have been known to directly impact school behavior and learning. Even though yoga is being used to enhance factors in student academic functioning like attention, focusing ability, impulse control, motor coordination, and social skills, there is very little literature on the integration of such programs in school curriculum. A new study will survey the New York City Department of Education to get a comprehensive view of how yoga is being utilized in the public school systems. By focusing on the largest public school district in the United States that serves over one million students, the study will try to characterize school based yoga practices that can help guide further funding and efficacy research. The survey will collect data that includes, but is not be limited to, information pertaining to presence of district-wide yoga based initiatives, the mode of funding for these programs, presence of such initiatives as a part of the school curriculum, the person conducting this program, outcome monitoring, and characteristics of students that are a part of such initiatives.The project co-investigators include Karma Carpented Shea, founder of K-12yoga.org, and Anne Buckley Reen, OTR/L,RYT, founder of Get Ready to Learn.