Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome message from Giselle

  • 2

    Before You Begin...

    • Before you begin...

    • Program Index

    • Welcome Video from Giselle and Cassandra

    • Q&A Zoom Call Schedule

  • 3

    Private Facebook Group

    • Private Facebook Group

  • 4

    Module 1: School Yoga Program

    • Module 1: Overview

    • DOWNLOAD: Module 1 Workbook

    • VIDEO: Introduction

    • VIDEO: Benefits

    • ---> School Yoga Research

    • INTERVIEW: Add Depth and Meaning to your Kids Yoga Classes with Katie Rose

    • VIDEO: Basics

    • INTERVIEW: Tips to Get Started Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children

    • VIDEO: Behavior

    • ---> Tips to Managing Behavior

    • ---> Class Management 20 Top Tips

    • ---> Tips to Engage Children

    • INTERVIEW: How to Engage Children in Kids Yoga Classes

    • ---> Adapting Yoga for Children with Diverse Needs

    • SAMPLE: School Yoga Program Ideas

    • BONUS Q&A CALL MODULE #1 - March 31st

  • 5

    Module 2: School Yoga Program

    • Module 2: Overview

    • DOWNLOAD: Module 2 Workbook

    • VIDEO: Nuts and Bolts

    • VIDEO: Budgeting

    • ---> Yoga Class Budget

    • ---> Yoga Program Monthly Budget

    • ---> 10 Top Yoga Props to buy on Amazon

    • VIDEO: Financial Backing

    • ---> Find Funding for School Yoga Programs

    • ---> Sample Yoga Storytime Proposal

    • INTERVIEW: Find Funding with Lani Rosen-Gallagher

    • ---> Funding Options Handout

    • ---> Sample Yoga Program Funding Proposal

    • INTERVIEW: Apply for School Yoga Grant with Leslie Wolfe

    • ---> Grant Writing Tips for School Yoga Programs

    • ---> School Yoga Grant Application (Print)

    • ---> School Yoga Grant Application (Fillable Online)

    • ---> Sample Innovation Grant Application

    • BONUS Q&A CALL MODULE #2 - April 14th

  • 6

    Module 3: School Yoga Program

    • Module 3: Overview

    • DOWNLOAD: Module 3 Workbook

    • VIDEO: Buy-In

    • ---> School Yoga Get Buy In

    • ---> How to Teach Yoga in Schools (And Get Paid for It!)

    • ---> Sample Kids Yoga Registration and Waiver Form

    • ---> Sample Virtual Kids Yoga Proposal

    • INTERVIEW: How to Engage Students by Adding Music to your Kids Yoga Class with Kira Willey

    • VIDEO: Implementation

    • INTERVIEW: Mindful Morning Announcements with Amy Ketner

    • INTERVIEW: How to Create a Yoga SPACE from Scratch with Amy Bish

    • VIDEO: Evaluation

    • ---> Sample Weather Assessment

    • BONUS Q&A CALL MODULES #3-4 - April 28th

  • 7

    Module 4 - Final: School Yoga Program

    • Module 4: Final Overview

    • DOWNLOAD: Module 4 Workbook

    • VIDEO: Magic Wand

    • VIDEO: Build your School Yoga Program

    • School Yoga Program Template (Print)

    • School Yoga Program Template (Fillable)

    • INTERVIEW: Mindfulness Club with Cassandra Troughton

    • BONUS WRAP UP CALL - May 5th

  • 8

    Additional Resources

    • SAMPLE: School Yoga Programs

    • 50 Yoga Poses for Grownups

    • Kids Yoga Monthly + Class Planner

    • Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs (USA Dept of Education)

    • Recommended Reading

    • Quizzes and Challenges

  • 9


    • Before you go...

  • 10


    • Bonus Resources

  • 11

    How to Earn Graduate-Level Professional Development Semester Units/Credits

    • How to Earn Graduate-Level Professional Development Semester Units/Credits

    • Certificate of Completion

School Yoga Program

A step-by-step course to create a customized yoga program for your classroom or school

Do you want to bring yoga and mindfulness to your school, but you’re completely perplexed on how exactly to do that?

We hear this all the time from our community.

You know the value of yoga and mindfulness… but find it challenging to convey all the benefits in a meaningful way to your school community.

Even if parents and the administration are on board and you have the green light to launch a program… where do you even start?

Time is tight, resources are limited, and getting buy-in from children (and even parents, admin, and peers) can be challenging.

Let us help you take away the overwhelm and confusion, and provide a solid framework for you to create a fully customized plan for your school—a plan you can easily tailor to your needs, your students, and your school, so you feel confident bringing these valuable and life-changing practices to your students.

No two schools are alike. Every school has its challenges and culture, needs and limitations. Only YOU know what these are. Taking a done-for-you, “boxed” yoga and mindfulness program may seem like a good approach (we all want something simple, right?), but these programs are rarely a great fit. And oftentimes, they’re not suitable for the specific needs of a classroom or school.

Your students are unique, and you need a program tailored to them!

School Yoga Program was created with this in mind.

This course was created so you can create the perfect classroom/school yoga program that fits you, your students, and your school.

You will walk away from this program with a plan in hand and resources to get started right away!

This program is based on a strong foundation, which starts with you, yet flexible enough to meet students where they’re at and change over time, if needed.

During this four-module program, you will:

:: Discover ways to fund your program… even if the costs seem prohibitive, you’re not sure what options are available, or you don’t think your school will contribute.

:: Learn tools to get buy-in from hesitant administrators, skeptic teachers, and concerned parents… even if they think yoga is religious, view it as some “wishy-washy, hippy-dippy” practice, or simply value academics above all else.

:: Dig deeper to understand what’s culturally relevant for your community, what support you have based on any challenges and special needs, and what may and may not work for your school population... so you can create the very best program for your school.

:: Prepare yourself with a variety of engaging exercises and practices that students will enjoy… even if they think yoga and mindfulness is lame and boring or if they’re overly concerned what others might think.

:: Engage with the tools and resources to adapt to different age groups and maturity levels so that children find yoga engaging and interesting... so everyone benefits from the mindfulness and yoga lessons, even the most challenging students. 

:: Create a workable, consistent plan that can easily adapt and fit into your day—even if you feel there is very little time to fit in everything that is already required of you.

:: Gain the confidence to teach the poses and exercises, even if you’re uncomfortable with the movements, don’t feel like a yoga role model, or generally feel "out of shape.”

:: Discover ways to meet the entire class where they’re at, despite challenges with skeptical students who goof off or try and distract the rest of the class from the activity.

:: Learn to present research and build strategies to convince parents, administration, and teachers that yoga and mindfulness can actually benefit children’s academic performance as much as their social emotional well-being... 
...that way you can gain more buy-in and support from the major stakeholders in bringing yoga and mindfulness to children.

:: See what’s possible by hearing from teachers in the field who have successfully brought yoga and mindfulness to their schools—that way, you can see what a school yoga program looks like in action and have the confidence to create your own!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I don’t practice yoga and mindfulness myself. Will this be a problem?

    Definitely not! We hear this all the time, and this concern is one of the main barriers for teachers to get started. Please don’t let this stop you from bringing the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to children.

    For those of you who purchase during our very special launch, we have created a bonus course, Yoga and Mindfulness 101, that will help you begin to explore and develop your own practice. And working on your own practice is baked into every bootcamp session! Each day, we will be doing movement, breathing, and energy exercises.

  • How much does it cost?

    As a member of our community, all you’ll pay is one-time payment of $297.

    That's $300 OFF the full price of $597.

    This will be the last time we offer this course at such a low price!

  • What bonuses are included?

    We LOVE providing valuable bonuses to our community, and this time is no different. You will receive:

    BONUS #1: Yoga and Mindfulness 101 course (value: $150)
    The first step in bringing yoga and mindfulness to your school or classroom really starts with YOU!

    In order to teach the basic skills, it’s important that you have a solid foundation and start your own practice. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or lengthy—just discover what works best for you and create some consistency. This video and interactive course walks you through the four steps to create or reignite your own yoga and mindfulness practice.

    BONUS #2: 4-Group Support Calls with Giselle & Cassandra (value: $1,500)

    We wanted to make sure that you have the support needed to make your school yoga and mindfulness plan a reality! You will have an opportunity to attend FOUR live calls with Giselle Shardlow, Founder of Kids Yoga Stories and Cassandra Troughton, Community Manager for KYS and former teaching assistant who successfully brought yoga and mindfulness to her school community.

    Call Dates:
    Friday, March 31st, 2023, 12:30pm ET
    Friday, April 14th, 2023, 12:30pm ET
    Friday, April 18th, 2023, 12:30pm ET
    Friday, May 5th, 2023, 12:30pm ET

    All calls will be on Zoom and recorded and made available afterwards. Questions can be sent via email beforehand as well.

    BONUS #3: Get Started Strong Guides & Templates (value: $650)

    School Yoga Research Guide

    Get Buy-In from School Administration Guide

    Tips for Managing Behaviors Guide

    Tips to Engage Children Guide 

    Class Management: Top 20 Tips Guide.

    Find Funding for School Yoga Programs Guide

    Sample School Yoga Grant Application

    School Yoga Program Template

    BONUS #4: Ongoing Live Calls (just added!)
    The team met this week to brainstorm ways to serve our community in a bigger, bolder way.

    What we came up with is super exciting... an additional BONUS for everyone who joins us for the School Yoga Program.

    We will be offering ongoing, quarterly FREE live calls!

    You will be able to dial-in and mastermind with our team as well as others in the community who are actively bringing yoga and mindfulness to their schools.

    It's a great chance to gain accountability, work through challenges, share ideas, brainstorm marketing/funding strategies, or anything else you want to share.

    These will go on for as long as there is a need. The first call will be in May and these calls will fall on the 2nd month in the quarter on the 2nd Friday in that month.

  • I see you have offered a live "bootcamp" version of this program in the past. Will you be offering the School Yoga Bootcamp again?

    Unfortunately, we will not be running a live Bootcamp in the future.

  • What are the benefits of yoga for kids?

    Reduces anger, depression, and fatigue so that they can better manage the highs and lows of life now and long into the future

    Eases anxiety, stress, and tension so that they can focus on the positive aspects of life and lead happier lives.

    Improves stress management and teaches them healthy, productive ways to manage challenging tasks in school and tension-filled times.

    Enhances focus, attention, concentration, comprehension, and memory so they can better perform in school and other activities they enjoy.

    Provides opportunities for patience, reflection, and self-insight, thereby reducing problem behaviors.

    Increases resilience and coping frequency so that challenges and set-backs don’t derail them from their goals in life.

    Increases flexibility, strength, and balance increasing their self-confidence thereby promoting a healthy body-image and creating healthy habits around physical activities.

  • What’s the refund policy?

    When you purchase this special program, you have a full 30 days to decide whether or not you want to keep it or return it for a full refund. If, for any reason, you decide this resource is not for you, simply reach out, and my team will provide a full, prompt refund.



Giselle Shardlow

Hello, my name is Giselle. I hold a Masters of International Education with almost a decade experience teaching grades K-5 in Guatemala, Australia, Canada and United States. I am also a certified yoga instructor and have led yoga classes here and there to young children since 2005, the year I started writing these stories. When I was asked to teach my first kids yoga class, I dove into research and was surprised at how few resources there were for a kids yoga instructor. So, I wrote my own. I have always been passionate about working with children and throughout my world travels, I recognized a great need to address child illiteracy, obesity and stress. My goal is to write stories that make reading fun – combined with movement, the stories thoroughly engage children as they laugh, express themselves, and stretch their imagination. I hope that my books, card decks, teaching resources, and other creative resources for kids are easy ways to introduce children everywhere to how fun reading and good health can be! My Mission for Kids Yoga Stories is to bring education, health and happiness to young children everywhere.