Schools have the unique opportunity to provide students with the lifelong skills needed to cultivate mental health and well-being.
We can help
Our Radiant Schools Curriculum is intended to:
improve student / faculty emotional and physical health
create positive school climate and culture
reduce student absenteeism
reduce faculty turnover
reduce conflict in school
Our curriculum delivers preventive care offerings including:
mindfulness & yoga
stress and anxiety reduction
life skills education
work and personal relationship education
Our two lead educators, Daniela Hess and Jeannie O’Neil have Masters degrees in Education and have been NYS K-12 certified. Jeannie states: “We deliver this potent curriculum in schools as we know these techniques have measurable results. We offer techniques and tools in our ‘Radiant Schools’ programs that we have personally used in our own classrooms.”
This curriculum will help you fulfill efficiently and with measurable results, the NYS standards and frameworks for mental health:
social emotional learning
mental health support
positive behavioral interventions and support
interconnected systems framework
trauma sensitive schools
New state law requires mental health education in school curriculum
“School children across New York State could be walking into classes that discuss mental health for the first time.
“There is a crying need that we felt has been out there for many years,” NYS Mental Health Assoc. CEO Glenn Liebman said.
“For 50 percent of the population, the onset of a mental health issue – anxiety, depression – is age 14,” Liebman said. “When they start to seek services could be up to age 24, so we are looking to help eliminate that gap.”
Carman said the way educators broach the subject will be different in every school. However, under the new law, the teaching can be embedded anywhere from a regular class to a talk with a counselor.
For more on the new curriculum, visit the New York State Mental Health Association.
YOGA & MINDFULNESS FOR SCHOOLS
Bringing these practices to your school is a simple way to support the health of faculty, staff and students.
Mindfulness and yoga practice, taught in an accessible way, can:
Increase students capacity to learn effectively
Manage challenging emotions
Achieve success in the classroom and in their outside lives
The Yoga Farm school-based Yoga and Mindfulness program offers a unique program combining yoga and mindfulness practices in a straightforward and intentional way. Our approach incorporates ﬁve key elements in each session: Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus and Relax. Students are taught life skills that are immediately available and deepen social emotional awareness.
Yoga for Faculty and Staff
Weekly one hour classes, right after school, on site
Includes Yoga Farm membership with unlimited classes at our facility for the entire length of the program
Yoga for ALL abilities and bodies
Mindfulness and Yoga for Students
Twice/week push-in classes (20 min) OR an after school club once/week (40 min)
8 week sessions suggested
At their desks, no special clothing necessary
We offer all school districts a free introduction and/or sample class in order for districts to glean insight on how we can be supportive in the district.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT trainings
7 Weekends; September - December 2019
Support through online Zoom sessions and private groups
Tools to use in your classroom while enrolled in the training
Learn a full yoga set and a variety of mindfulness practices that can be used in many environments
Next training begins March 2020
5 weekends in person, 3 weekends remotely via zoom sessions
Learn and embody many meditation, mindfulness and Heartfulness techniques
Learn gentle healing and calming movement practices or children or adults
Both Teacher Training Programs include:
Tuition discount for multiple educators from the same building
Educator- or school-funded options
Yoga Farm membership for the length of the training (unlimited classes at our facility)
Professional Development Workshops
Find your own mindfulness practice
Self Care practices
Resiliency in the field of teaching
How To TRULY Get Along with Everyone You Work With
Learn to respond, rather than react, to stressful situations at work
15 Minutes to MAXIMUM Energy
3 Keys to Sustained Happiness
Refresh your Passion & Purpose in the Workplace
We offer all school districts a free introduction and/or sample class / session in order for districts to glean insight on how we can be supportive in the district.
"It's a pleasure working with the folks at Yoga Farm.
They continue to offer wonderful classes and packages to our school district, and it's clear that they truly want to create an all-inclusive, safe and positive environment for everyone. Their passion for health and wellness is evident in the way they teach, and in every interaction I have had with them. I am looking forward to more wonderful classes this year!"
— Melissa Pope, Wellness Coordinator
Lansing Central School District
“From the beginning, every time our youth have walked into yoga, they have been greeted with smiles and acceptance.
Yoga Farm has provided a space for our residents to feel comfortable with themselves while they address their body’s physical needs. The instructors are very descriptive and are able to help our youth along the way. If you’re interested in bringing yoga to your group or team I highly recommend Yoga Farm.”
— Matthew Bell, Recreation Specialist
George Junior Republic, Freeville, NY