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 has been providing yoga instruction in the Boston Public Schools.

We offer three distinct services:
1) Yoga classes for students
2) Teacher training for classroom teachers to provide short breaks to their students
3) PE teacher training to offer a short yoga unit

Since 2010, Core Yoga in Schools has provided programs at 12 schools: Jeremiah E. Burke High School, John D. O'Bryant School of Math & Science, Brighton High School, Boston Day and Evening Academy, Blackstone Elementary School, Boston Teachers Union School, Jackson Mann Elementary School, Tynan Elementary School, William Monroe Trotter Elemtary School, Winship Elementary School, and Young Achievers Elementary School. 

The Core Yoga in Schools program has been supported by private donors, the Valerie Beth Schwartz Foundation, and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health's Yoga for Diversity Program (article). In addition, the program has gratefully accepted donations from both Stop & Shop and Hint Water.

In the summer of 2015, Core Yoga in Schools merged into Ivy Child International, a non-profit teaching children and communities mindfulness, self-regulation and leadership.

You can make on online contribution directly at the website. You can also mail a check to: Ivy Child International, P.O. Box 63, Worcester, MA 01609.

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


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