Whole school approach
The Teen Yoga Foundation has created, implemented and supported a whole school approach to yoga in many schools across the UK. This approach moves beyond the conventional delivery of yoga as an after-school activity to integrate yoga progressively into the life of the school which substantially increases the benefit for all. The process begins by introducing yoga to the teachers, increasing their capacity to manage their own resilience and wellbeing strategically, the yoga brings calm, focus and physical release and strength. Then the teachers share certain aspects of what they have learnt in the tutor group together with a yoga teacher, who, alongside the teacher, brings expertise and longer more focussed classes to those who are interested, or to PSHE groups, PE groups or even designated yoga groups. We have identified an optimal system of rollout that gains maximum traction and interest from the whole school and ensures the success of the program. In this way the school can, if it wants to, become completely autonomous in its delivery of yoga.