Superhero Yoga is dedicated to providing consistent yoga instruction to students attending high-poverty schools in the Kansas City area. We train our instructors in trauma-sensitivity and youth yoga, and work with local elementary schools to provide regular weekly yoga classes during the school day.
Yoga is physical exercise as well as an exercise in mindfulness. The power of yoga lies in joining the two, connecting focused breath to movement.
Research shows that a regular yoga practice has a measurable positive effect on the brain:
By countering the effects of stress on young brains, yoga empowers young people to learn better during the school day. If a first-grader can connect to her breath, lower the cortisol levels in her brain, and learn to stay calmer in the face of adversity, she will change the architecture of her brain as she grows.
The earlier a child acquires the tools of practicing mindfulness, the greater the impact on her long-term health and success.