Living Classrooms incorporates yoga, mindfulness, and meditation practices into many existing programs in an effort to foster positive physical and emotional health in our students of all ages. Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children and adults, but a growing body of research has found that incorporating mindfulness and meditation can offer psychological benefits as well. Combined, we have seen impressive results in regard to improved focus, self-esteem, readiness to work, academic performance, compassion, and classroom behavior, as well as reduced anxiety and stress.
Our community centers offer regular yoga sessions to K-8 students during after-school and summer programming at Patterson Park House, POWER House, and UA House at Fayette; each offering additional free sessions open to the public during evenings and weekends. Our Crossroads School has added yoga to the school day and, in 2017, ran a pilot program that incorporated Baltimore City Police as mentors in the program. Our Fresh Start program that works with adjudicated teen males has had so much success in adding a yoga and mindfulness module that they are now offering an instructor certification course that opens up a new career pathway for these out-of-school youth. The recent renovation of our East Harbor Campus art room now serves as a dual-purpose yoga studio for our Fresh Start and BUGS programs. Our Game Changers initiative also uses yoga as part of its program offering focused on health and wellness activities that engage students when Baltimore City public schools are on break.
Please visit our community center pages to find a schedule of free community yoga classes.