Our schools are some of those most in need. Our teachers are some of the most committed.

Our Program

Over the past 15 years, Bent On Learning has developed a comprehensive yoga program for elementary, middle and high school students throughout New York City. We have worked closely with school leadership to develop a solution that fits the specific culture of each school and that meets the diverse needs of all students in an urban school environment.

Unlike other programs that focus solely on physical health, mindfulness or academic achievement, our curriculum addresses the whole child and develops physical, social and emotional intelligence in our students. Our intervention provides physical activity once or twice per week during the academic day, while circumventing the need for large gyms or playing fields, expensive equipment or special clothing.

Additionally, it provides students with opportunities to develop a growth mindset, develop positive relationships with adults and peers, explore self-interests, engage in experiential learning and build self-esteem. All of these skills have been demonstrated to serve as building blocks for academic achievement in students in Pre-K through 12th grade.

Yoga Helps Me…

Just take a breath when I can’t do something or can’t focus.

– Gabriella, Third Grade 

Feel like I can take on the world.

– Aly, Sixth Grade

Feel more peaceful. When I’m angry or stressed, I come out of yoga calm instead of with negative emotions.

– Jennifer, Junior

Yoga helps me think before I speak and act!

– Cadene, Senior

Interested in getting involved in our program or bringing Bent On Learning to your school? Visit our Join Us page for details and application.

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