Calming Kids: Creating a Non-Violent World offers classical yoga education that focuses on “self-regulation, relaxation and communication,” says CK founder, Dee Marie.
SAVE (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere) Colorado representative, Dee Marie has been a Masters Certified Yoga Therapist for 28 years. She’s worked with kids and adults from all walks of life and has dedicated her practice to preventing violence in schools. Designed for educators, health care providers, all youth facilitators, yoga teachers and parents, the Calming Kids Yoga teacher training teaches adults how to implement an award winning yoga curriculum that reduces bullying, improves anger management, concentration and relaxation in pre-school through high school age students.
Through four years of research in conjunction with American Medical Association, Boulder County Medical Society Alliance, Harvard University, and Boulder’s Heatherwood Elementary, Calming Kids proved that a 4.5 hour exposure to yoga over a period of two weeks has been shown to result in up to a 93% decrease in aggressive behavior in 4th and 5th grade children as well as improved concentration and relaxation. Since its conception, teachers from Cherry Creek, St. Vrain, Denver, Summit County, Boulder and Ouray School Districts have participated in the Calming Kids training and have been joined by educators throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Canada.
Yoga in schools is not a new concept—it’s often incorporated into PE curriculum as a form of exercise. Though staying physically fit is indeed a benefit of yoga, the Calming Kids program initiates yoga as a way to reduce violence and anxiety in schools and improve concentration. Boulder Valley School District has engaged Dee Marie to create a district wide curriculum for middle and high school Physical Education and health teachers for 2013.
In association with Give Back Yoga Foundation and the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project, two women from Palestine will attend the Calming Kids Yoga teacher training program on April 10-14 at Energy Source Studio in Boulder. The women—who work on a completely volunteer base—use yoga as a way to help kids deal with the stress and trauma of the unsettled state of Palestine. With Dee Marie’s help, they will incorporate the Calming Kids tactics into their own teachings, helping to decrease violence and distraction in Palestinian schools and give kids an outlet for built up stress and energy.
For more study results and to sign up for April’s Calming Kids Yoga teacher training program, visit calmingkidsyoga.org. Make sure to attend Yoga for peace Week to help support spreading yoga throughout the West Bank.
In 2013, the national division of the American Medical Association Alliance recognized CK with the Health Awareness Promotion Award. Since the program’s inception, more than 500 educators have been trained across the country, and an estimated 30,250 students have been influenced by the curriculum.