we foster creativity in youth
through free children’s yoga classes
by empowering volunteers to give back
Yoga Foster is a nonprofit initiative that brings free kids yoga programs to schools and community centers. Our classes blend kids yoga poses and breathing with storytelling and problem-solving to help get kids fit, inspired, and more creative.
As part of our programs, we provide all the yoga mats and other resources needed to support yoga initiatives, training for teachers and other staff that might want to run the class on their own, and volunteers to lead and assist each class when needed.
With support from yoga studios and brands, along with passionate community leaders and our volunteers, we have worked with over 100 students since our launch in the summer of 2012. Currently, we have yoga programs in the Lower East Side, Bronx, and Brooklyn.
Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.
Our programs use yoga as a way to encourage creativity in each and every child, regardless of their academic or emotional level. Our Three C’s Approach uses traditional children’s yoga and storytelling methods to enhance levels of clarity, confidence, and collaboration for each child, so week by week the instructors can measure their lesson plan’s effect on each student, and adjust accordingly.
Helping students understand who they are, and who they want to be, through reflection, discussion, and self-discovery through each class.
Showing children that effort is worth more than achievement, and encouraging them to make mistakes, speak their mind, and share their opinions without fear.
Bringing diverse minds and ideas together through partner poses, games and challenges that help children work together in a positive, peaceful way.
Our curriculum was designed for youth, directly from experiences working in public schools in NYC. From the basic poses and breathing techniques to theories on creative development and how to communicate difficult topics, our comprehensive curriculum spans online and off in videos, in-person trainings, consultations, and more.
Our twenty hour yoga teacher trainings gives you the confidence to lead children to greatness - whether you're a school teacher, parent, or yogi enthusiast.
If you can't make it to our teacher trainings in NYC, not to worry: all our content is available online and reguarly updated with our latest resources.
All our curriculum and trainings are provided free of charge, in exchange for a commitment of one semester to spread to karma love to a school in your area ($450 donation otherwise).
There’s an incredible amount of creativity and playfulness within the foundation of yoga. And it’s these kids moving in such a creative and conscious way that makes it such a fun practice for children to get involved with.”
Afterschool, Elementary Students
Afterschool, Elementary and Middle School
JUNE 15th | 1PM
We're partnering with Reebok CrossFit NYC and BOKS for a fitness-fueled day of fun and creativity!
1. Download the Yoga Foster Starter Pack to find all the tools you need to gain support from your schoool/community, including a sample lesson plan, facts and figures on children's yoga, FAQ, and more.
2. Sign the Yoga Foster Promise to bring the best Yoga Foster programs to your school!
3. Receive access to our in-person and online teacher trainings
4. CHANGE THE WORLD!
1. Sign up for one of our upcoming teacher trainings via monetary donation or in exchange for a semester contributing to a program.
2. Get placed in a program that fits your personality, passions, and learning needs.
3. CHANGE THE WORLD!
Our programs are possible through the passion of our volunteers and supporters invested in youth, education and creativity. Here's how you can help:
Contact us to learn more about making a monetary donation towards our cause.
Be a part of our mat drive campaign and send some good karma to kids that need it most. Contact us here for more details.
We’re always looking for space to hold kids yoga classes and teacher trainings. Contact us if you’d like to donate time at your studio.