Core Yoga in Schools Program

The Core Yoga in Schools Program was created Thanksgiving 2010 in honor of Susan E. Tifft (d. April 1, 2010), a beloved and inspiring woman in every sense of the word: noted journalist, speechwriter, national writer and editor for Time magazine, 10 years' Duke University professor which now presents the Susan E. Tifft Prize for Teaching and Mentorship in her honor, wife to Alex Jones and fabulous yoga student.

The Core Yoga in Schools Program provides yoga instruction in the Boston public schools. It has served six schools during the 2010-2013 school years: the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the John D. O'Bryant School of Math & Science, Brighton High School, the Boston Teachers Union School, Jackson Mann Elementary School, and the William Monroe Trotter Elemtary School. Full faculty trainings took place at the Trotter Elementary School and the Jeremiah E. Burke HS during the 2012-2013 school year.

To date, a small corps of yoga teachers have been trained to teach the Core Yoga in Schools program. 

The Core Yoga in Schools program is supported by private donors, the Valerie Beth Schwartz Foundation, and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health's Yoga for Diversity Program. To read an article on the topic, please visit In addition, the program has gratefully accepted donations from both Stop & Shop and Hint Water.

Donations are accepted at the Boston Education Development Foundation (B.E.D.F). Please specify account #24005, the Susan E. Tifft Yoga in Schools fund. Send donations to the attention of Debbie Merry at 26 Court St. 5th fl. Boston, MA 02108.

Read a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Yoga: How We Serve Inner-City Schoolchildren, here.


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