K to A: Yogi In Residence Program
Through this grant initiative, the Yogi in Residence (YIR) program was integrated for the first time at the high school level at Oskayak High School. Prior, the YIR program was successful at both Bishop Klein and Lester B. Pearson elementary schools.
Through the program, youth were introduced to and engaged in yoga practices as well as mindfulness breathing techniques. They were also exposed to the yin style classes where slow, longer, and more relaxed poses are explored.
Staff also noted that “It was a beautiful sight to see some students arrive at school in the morning and jump off the bus with their yoga mats slung across their shoulder. Seeing students develop the confidence to go to the yoga studio on their own [was] a rewarding moment.” Additionally, two Oskayak students registered and attended the Yoga for Youth teacher training in Saskatoon recently, while three former Oskayak students are now certified teachers with Yoga for Youth and are seeking further certification.
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