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).
Best Practices for Yoga in Schools
A Yoga Service Best Practices Guide; Edited by Traci Childress and Jennifer Cohen Harper
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.
Best Practices for Yoga With Veterans
A Yoga Service Best Practices Guide; Edited by Carol Horton
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.
Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System
A Yoga Service Best Practices Guide
Available This Fall!
Yoga is rapidly gaining acceptance as a valuable resource for physical, psychological, behavioral, and spiritual health in the U.S. criminal justice system and worldwide. Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System is the first book to examine how to develop, implement, and sustain high-quality yoga programming appropriate for jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and court-ordered programs. This book is a must-have resource for anyone interested in yoga in the criminal justice system, including yoga teachers, yoga service organizations, correctional officers, criminal justice professionals, and physical and mental health providers.
The third book in the Best Practices series from Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute, Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System synthesizes the knowledge and experience of more than 20 experts dedicated to sharing yoga and mindfulness practices with incarcerated and other system-involved people, and with correctional officers and other criminal justice professionals. Together, the book’s contributors have expertise not only in yoga, but also corrections, probation, nursing, behavioral health, forensic psychology, trauma therapy, recovery from addiction, criminology, juvenile justice, and more.
Key topics covered in Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System include problems of mass incarceration, institutional context and culture, teacher training requirements, curriculum and teaching guidelines, adapting trauma informed yoga to correctional facilities, staffing and developing yoga service organizations, and establishing yoga teacher training programs for incarcerated individuals “on the inside.”
Written to be widely accessible and user-friendly, Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System is a path-breaking contribution to the growing movement to maximize accessibility to yoga as a holistically beneficial healing resource for all.
For more information, contact Board@YogaServiceCouncil.org.
Best Practices for Yoga With Sexual Trauma Survivors
A Yoga Service Best Practices Guide; Edited by Danielle Rousseu, PhD, LMHC
Available Fall 2018
The fourth book in the series, Best Practices for Yoga With Survivors of Sexual Trauma represents a collaboration of leading experts dedicated to addressing the impacts of sexual violence and trauma through yoga and mindfulness practices. The work will support a holistic approach to ameliorating the impacts of traumatic stress, and specifically the impacts of sexual trauma.
The work presented in this Guide will serve as resource to survivors, yoga teachers and practitioners, yoga service providers, trauma practitioners, and agency administrators. Best Practices for Yoga With Survivors of Sexual Trauma will also present a foundational understanding of sexual trauma and illuminate current best practices for integrating trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices into work with persons and systems impacted by sexual trauma.
For more information, contact Board@YogaServiceCouncil.org.