YTFS Pilot Program

Yoga Tools For Schools Inc. completed a pilot project with three Townsville schools during Term 3, 2012.

The three schools involved were Belgian Gardens State School, Currajong State School and Grammar Junior School.

This research project trained 26 local teachers to implement yoga-based exercises in the classroom each day for a period of six consecutive weeks.

The positive feedback and data received from this project was outstanding and is currently being analysed by a research team from James Cook University. The findings of this project are to be published.

The aim of the JCU research project to run alongside the YTFS pilot project was to document and analyse:

  • Teachers' perceptions of the effects of the yoga tools on their classes.
  • Usefulness and ease of application of yoga tools for teachers in their classes.
  • Teachers' personal experiences of using yoga tools for themselves, eg. has it affected their attitude towards certain classroom situations? Has there been any over flow to other parts of their life or professional situation?

Expected outcomes of the research project are:

  • Improved understanding of the effects of teaching yoga techniques in schools
  • Evaluation of the pilot of Yoga Tools for Schools curriculum for teacher professional development
  • Documentation and dissemination of research outcomes - at least one conference presentation and refereed publication.

The Executive Summary of this project is now available to read by clicking the following link. We will present further publications and presentations as they become available.

What participants are saying

You don't have to be an expert in Yoga. You just need the desire to make a difference!
Linda Bogle - Brightwater State School
I would so love this to be done by all teachers at our school.
Tania Melick - Parent
[I enjoyed] all of it. I loved actually doing the yoga, not just telling us - we did it. Very positive, informative, friendly & enjoyable conversations.
Melissa Bourke - Townsville Central State School
Great ideas and activities that can be implemented in the classroom.
Maria Sims - Heatley State School
I feel so much more grounded. I really enjoyed the interaction and supportive friendly environment.
Rita Luebke - TAFE
Really liked the linking back to the curriculum. Like having that information ready if any parents ask!
Ela Dale - Currajong State School
Feeling very relaxed at a PD certainly is a welcome change! Thank you YTFS!
Karen Ditton - Bohlevale State School
These new skills are extremely helpful for myself, my colleagues and our school students and their families!
Noreen Letizia - Heatley State School

Our Sponsors

Yoga Tools For Schools Inc. is currently funded by sponsors and ongoing community fundraising. We are seeking more funding to expand our programs to ensure that all interested educators can experience the benefits of using Yoga Tools. Visit ourĀ Sponsor page to find out more. Contact us if you would like to become a YTFS Sponsor.