Mindfulness and Yoga in Schools

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Mindfulness and Yoga in Schools

SKU# 9780826131720

A Guide for Teachers and Practitioners

Author: Catherine P. Cook-Cottone PhD



This is the first research-based text intended to help teachers and practitioners implement mindfulness and yoga programs in schools. A complete review of the literature on mindfulness and yoga interventions is provided along with detailed steps on how to implement such programs. Training requirements, classroom set-up, trauma-sensitive practices, and existing quality programs are reviewed. Twelve core principles of mindfulness and yoga in schools are woven throughout for the utmost in continuity. As a whole, the book provides tools for enhancing classroom and school practices as well as personal well-being. It is distinguished by its emphasis on research, translation of research into practice, and insight into potential roadblocks when using mindfulness and yoga in schools.

Mindfulness and Yoga in Schoolsprovides:

  • A thorough examination of the efficacy of mindfulness and yoga in reducing stress and conflict and enhancing student engagement to serve as a rationale for integrating such programs into schools
  • How-to sections for training, classroom and lesson plan preparation, and implementing specific techniques and comprehensive programs
  • Photographs, scripts, and figures to help implement your own programs
  • A tool for assessing and cultivating teacher and student self-care

Part I reviews the conceptual model for embodied self-regulation and the risks associated with a lack of self-regulation, an intervention model used in education, and tips for implementing mindfulness and yogic practices within this approach. Parts II and III review the philosophical underpinnings of mindfulness and yoga and critically review the mindfulness and yoga protocols and interventions implemented in schools. Part IV addresses mindful self-care for students and teachers, including a scale for establishing self-care goals and a scoring system.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 28, 2017
  • Page Count 336
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826131720

About The Author(s) 

Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, registered yoga teacher, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research specializes in embodied self-regulation through practices such as yoga, mindfulness, and self-care; and psychosocial disorders, including eating disorders and trauma. She is the author of Mindfulness and Yoga for Self-Regulation: A Primer for Clinicians (Springer Publishing, 2015); Elements of Counseling Children and Adolescents (Springer Publishing, 2014); Girls Growing in Wellness and Balance: Yoga and Life Skills to Empower; and Healthy Eating in Schools. Dr. Cook-Cottone is a regular presenter nationally and internationally at conferences and workshops, and teaches classes on mindful therapy, yoga for health and healing, and counseling children and adolescents. She sits on the Yoga in Schools Research Summit Committee at the world-renowned Kripalu Center on Yoga and Health.

Table of Contents 

Part One: A Model for Self-Regulation and Engagement

Chapter 1. A conceptual model of educating for self-regulation and intentional, reflective engagement

Chapter 2. Dysregulation to disorder: Development, risks, outcomes related to lack of self-regulatory skills a three-tier approach

Chapter 3. The Mindful and Yogic Learner: 12 Embodied Practices for Schools

Part Two: Mindfulness in Educating for Self-Regulation and Engagement

Chapter 4. The Mindful Learner: The Role of Mindfulness in Educating for Self-Regulation and Engagement

Chapter 5. The mindful classroom: Creating supports and structure for mindful teaching and learning

Chapter 6. Mindfulness on-the-cushion: Formal mindfulness practices in educating for self-regulation and engagement

Chapter 7. Off-the-cushion: Informal mindful practices

Chapter 8: School-based mindfulness protocols: Manualized and structured mindfulness programs for schools

Part Three: Yoga for Educating for Self-Regulation and Engagement

Chapter 9: Yoga as embodied self-regulation and engagement: From traditional practices to school

Chapter 10.The Yoga Classroom: Creating to supports and structure for yoga-based self-regulation and learning

Chapter 11. On-the-Mat: Formal yoga practices for self-regulation and engagement

Chapter 12. Yoga Practice to Cultivate the Self Off-the-Mat: Managing Feelings and Broadening Competencies

Chapter 13. School-based yoga programs: Manualized and structured yoga program for schools

Chapter 14: Mindful Self-Care