MK schools adopt yoga program

November 19, 2014

Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey (MK) is pleased with the early results of a new physical activity initiative introduced this school year: yoga. MK teachers have been learning the “Yoga in Schools” program, enabling them to teach a variety of yoga forms, including Yoga for Special Needs. Students involved in the program are reporting benefits including personal connection and self-empowerment. “Our classrooms are busy places with lots of needs, and to return to something so fundamental as breathing and stretching is essential,” said Janean Marshall, Students Services Coordinator at MK. “Incorporating learning opportunities in the classroom where students are learning while moving improves students’ total well-being while decreasing challenging behaviours.” The program is being offered at schools across Atlantic Canada, and is reportedly the first yoga teacher program in North America to be implemented into the public school system as a credit course. MK News