Yoga Service Best Practices Guides

The Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute have joined together to produce a series of Yoga Service Best Practices Guides, starting with Best Practices for Yoga in Schools (2015) and Yoga With Veterans (2016). Forthcoming guides in the series will include Yoga in the Criminal Justice System (2018).


Best Practices for Yoga in Schools

A Yoga Service Best Practices Guide; Edited by Traci Childress, MA, and Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA

Available for $12

Are you interested in offering students in your school the most effective, sustainable, and inclusive yoga programming possible? Would you like to teach yoga in schools and have the support and advice of those with many years of successful experience? Have you been interested in sharing yoga with your students, but wondering how to do so safely?

Best Practices for Yoga in Schools is a guide for yoga teachers, classroom teachers, school administrators, social workers, and anyone else interested in bringing yoga to children safely, and in a just and inclusive way. By outlining suggestions and considerations across a wide variety of topics, this book will help you effectively and sustainably offer high-quality yoga programming for all children.

Based on the collective wisdom and experience of 23 contributors and four reviewers, this Best Practices Guide will support your capacity to implement meaningful school-based yoga programs, with the potential to transform the educational environment and help students thrive in a wide variety of situations.

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Best Practices for Yoga With Veterans

A Yoga Service Best Practices Guide; Edited by Carol Horton, PhD

Available for $12

Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is a vital resource for yoga teachers, yoga service organizations, veterans, and their families, veterans organizations, VA administrators, and anyone interested in bringing yoga and mindfulness to veterans in ways that are safe, effective, sustainable, socially equitable, and responsive to military experience and culture.

The second book in the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute’s Yoga Service Best Practices series, Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is the product of a unique collaborative process involving 30 contributors with expertise not only in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, but also in veterans affairs, military operations and culture, traditional and integrative medicine, clinical psychology, trauma therapy, social work, nonprofit management, and more.

Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans synthesizes this wealth of knowledge to produce over 100 Best Practice guidelines for teaching yoga in ways that will enable all veterans—regardless of age, gender, physical ability, or health status—to experience it as a means of supporting physical, psychological, and emotional health, well-being, and resilience.

Key topics addressed include adapting yoga to military culture, working with trauma, hiring and training yoga teachers, developing yoga programs and curriculum, understanding gender issues, and working with incarcerated veterans, in the VA, and with families of veterans.

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