"People can learn to control and change their behavior, but only if they feel safe enough to experiment with new solutions. The body keeps the score: If trauma is encoded in heartbreaking and gut-wrenching sensations, then our first priority is to help people move out of fight-or-flight states, reorganize their perception of danger, and manage relationships. Where traumatized children are concerned, the last things we should be cutting from school schedules are the activities that can do precisely that: chorus, physical education, recess, and anything else that involves movement, play, and other forms of joyful engagement."
- Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score, pg. 351
"When children learn to quiet their minds and bodies and educate themselves about their emotional, physical, and mental health, they become more competent in many areas. They start to understand the underlying causes of conflict and disease, they make better choices, and they learn to navigate through life with greater compassion and skill."
- Gillen & Gillen, Yoga Calm® for Children: Educating Heart, Mind and Body, (pg. 27)
The principles of Yoga Calm® include:
The tools of Yoga Calm® include:
- Breath Work
- Yoga-Based Activities
- Social/Emotional Activities
- Guided Relaxations
- Emotional Guidance
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